CHARLOTTE, N.C. (The Charlotte Observer) - Mack Brown got his quarterback of the future Friday when Myers Park’s Drake Maye decommitted from Alabama and committed to North Carolina.
Maye announced the commitment on his Twitter account. Maye’s older brother, Luke, played basketball for the Tar Heels. His father, Mark, was a quarterback at UNC in the ‘80s.
“After sitting down with my family,” he wrote, “I have decided to decommit from Alabama. With that being said, I’m looking forward to playing for coach Brown at the University of North Carolina. He, along with coach (Phil) Longo and coach (Dre’) Bly, have been tremendous throughout my recruiting process and I couldn’t be more excited to become a Tar Heel.”
Maye originally committed to Alabama in July, choosing the Crimson Tide over schools like Clemson and Georgia.
A 6-foot-5, 210-pound junior, Maye completed 210-of-290 passes (72 percent) for 3,512 yards, 50 touchdowns and two interceptions last season. He didn’t play in eight fourth quarters due to blowouts. He also had 210 yards rushing and six touchdowns.
Maye transferred to Myers Park after playing his freshman year at Hough. In two seasons with the Mustangs, Maye has led Myers Park to a 25-3 record.
247 Sports ranks Maye, a four-star prospect (out of five) as the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina for the class of 2021. It ranks Maye No. 32 nationally among players at all positions and the No. 3 pro-style quarterback recruit. Last season, Maye was the Observer’s offensive player of the year and was selected N.C. all-state player of the year by MaxPreps.
He is the seventh recruit for the Tar Heels in the class of 2021. Six of them are four stars, including two-time Associated Press N.C. defensive player of the year, Power Echols of Vance. Echols, Sun Valley wide receiver Gavin Blackwell, Rocky Mount defensive lineman Keeshawn Silver and Maye are all top 200 players nationally.