MYRTLE BEACH - The North Carolina football program made Everett Golson a priority. He made them his future Friday.
The coveted Myrtle Beach quarterback, a rising senior, made his college declaration at a Friday press conference at school, committing to the Tar Heels over scholarship offers from other major programs.
Golson, who cannot sign with North Carolina until next February, is the first player in the Class of 2011 to commit to coach Butch Davis' team.
North Carolina was one of the first schools to make a written scholarship offer to Golson when it was allowed in September. The Tar Heels have not hidden their interest in the 6-foot, 175-pounder, offering him a scholarship through former Seahawks coach Scott Earley at the end of his sophomore campaign in 2008.
"It was always my dream to be a North Carolina Tar Heel," Golson said. "Right now I feel like I can seize the opportunity to do that."
Golson has thrived in Myrtle Beach's spread offense, but will have a transition to a pro-style attack with the Tar Heels.
Although his commitment is solid, Golson would not rule out talking with or visiting other schools.
Golson, a point guard on Myrtle Beach's basketball team, plans to continue his dual-sport career. He has been promised an opportunity to try out for North Carolina's basketball team by coach Roy Williams.