One of the top players in the 2022 recruiting cycle made his much-anticipated commitment Thursday, as five-star offensive tackle Zach Rice chose North Carolina over Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Virginia live on CBS Sports HQ. Rice made the announcement surrounded by teammates, family and friends in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the news was met with a large applause from the crowd. 

"The difference was obviously I want to play for a Hall of Fame head coach. Mack Brown is amazing," Rice said. "We're on the come up right now, I really believe that, and the only thing I can do is get better." 

Rice added that he plans to arrive on campus in January as an early enrollee, in time for spring practice ahead of the 2022 season.