Meredith to Vols - a Tar Heel no more

Justin Meredith was a patient as he could be with North Carolina. Finally, he committed to Tennessee.

Once the Tar Heels' highest rated commitment, the four-star prospect told ESPN he switched courses and ended his recruitment by agreeing to accept a scholarship with the Vols on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end from Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hannah had been talking to Tennessee for months. He intends to enroll at Tennessee in January.

The Vols became a more viable option when North Carolina came under NCAA investigation for allegations of extra benefits provided to its football players. Eventually, North Carolina fired head coach Butch Davis and named Everett Withers the interim head coach.

Several prospects, including Meredith, endorsed Withers for the permanent head coaching job, but he was replaced this week by former Southern Mississippi head coach Larry Fedora.

North Carolina went in front of the NCAA's committee on infractions last month for the alleged infractions but has not received a ruling from the governing body.