Oct 9, 2021; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels head coach  Mack Brown looks on from with quarterback Sam Howell (7) the sidelines against the Florida State Seminoles at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

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Five-star Zach Rice, top OT in 2022, commits to UNC

Zach Rice, the top-ranked offensive tackle in the high school Class of 2022, committed to North Carolina on Thursday.

The five-star player from Lynchburg, Va., chose coach Mack Brown and the Tar Heels out of a top five featuring Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia.

“The difference was obviously I want to play for a Hall of Fame head coach. Mack Brown is amazing,” Rice said during his announcement at an event at Liberty Christian Academy in Virginia. “We’re on the come up right now, I really believe that, and the only thing I can do is get better.”

Rice’s commitment makes North Carolina the only program in the country with commitments from two of the top 10 prospects in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Rice is rated the No. 9 overall prospect, and five-star defensive lineman Travis Shaw is No. 4 overall.

Rice is listed at 6-foot-6, 282 pounds.

“I will be a program-changer,” Rice said.

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