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One of the toughest choices for any high school athlete with an opportunity to continue his or her passion at the next level is where to attend school. For New Hanover High School senior Garrett Walston, it’s been a whirlwind couple of months trying to figure out what university and program fits him best.

Garrett Walston.
Garrett Walston.

After trips to Georgia, North Carolina and N.C. State before the start of his senior campaign for the Wildcats, Walston verbally committed to the Bulldogs on June 30, but it looks like the 6-foot, 4-inch tight end has decided to continue his football career in the Tar Heel State.

Inside Carolina, an independent magazine and web site devoted to the University of North Carolina athletics released a story late this week announcing Walston’s decision to play in Chapel Hill beginning next season. The proclamation has since been confirmed by coaches at New Hanover High School.

Walston is ranked as the No. 15 tight end in the nation by He is scheduled to graduate from high school in December and will be enrolled in classes at North Carolina the following month. Walston signed an Athletic Scholarship Agreement with UNC on Thursday.

Through six games this season for the 4-2 Wildcats, Walston has 31 receptions for 458 yards and three total touchdowns. He’s averaging about 15 yards per catch.