Bobby Bowden visited Tuesday. Steve Spurrier dropped by Wednesday.

Neither could persuade Cameron Sexton, a lifelong North Carolina fan and one of the nation's top-rated high school quarterbacks.Sexton, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior at Scotland County High in Laurinburg, committed to the Tar Heels late this week, passing up scholarship offers from Florida State and South Carolina, as well as Clemson, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.

Sexton is rated the No. 7 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by He threw for 2,379 yards and 22 touchdowns this season and has exceptional speed.

He reportedly will graduate this month, start classes at UNC in January and participate in spring practices.

Sexton had kept his options open because of the uncertainty of the Tar Heels' coaching situation, he told the Herald-Sun of Durham.

John Bunting got a two-year contract extension after the Heels closed out the regular season with their third victory in four weeks.

They'll play Boston College in the Continental Tire Bowl on Dec. 30 in Charlotte, where Darian Durant will end his run as the Heels' record-setting starting quarterback.

Sexton, whose father, Brett, played for Elon, is UNC's 18th commitment. He can sign a binding letter of intent Feb. 2.

Mount Tabor's Derek Nicholson, one of the nation's top-rated linebackers, is scheduled to make an official campus visit to UNC this weekend.

Nicholson's brother, A.J., plays linebacker for Florida State, and the Seminoles are considered the favorites to land Derek Nicholson, as well.

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