The Virginia Cavaliers narrowly missed out on one of the best high school football players in the country as in-state prospect Zach Rice announced Thursday that he would be attending UNC.
Rice is a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Liberty Christian Academy in Lynchburg. A unanimous five-star among the major recruiting services, he is also the unanimous #1 prospect in the Commonwealth’s class of 2022 recruits.
Rice becomes the second five-star in UNC’s class of 2022, joining defensive lineman Travis Shaw. He is also the third top-five Virginia prospect to choose Chapel Hill after Nansemund-Suffolk running back George Pettway and Landstown wide receiver Tychaun Chapman.
Adding Rice vaults Carolina’s 2022 class into the top 10 nationally, just ahead of Texas A&M and behind Oklahoma.