Quinton Alton of Memphis, a late-blooming defensive line prospect who's got a huge frame but has played just one year of organized football, has committed to North Carolina.
William Johnson, Alton's coach, got him to come out for football after he transferred to Hillcrest High from another school. Alton's mother initially opposed the idea because she was afraid he would get hurt, but relented after Johnson told her he had the potential to do big things.
Alton, who's 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, played defensive end, defensive tackle and tight end in his one season at Hillcrest and earned a late scholarship offer from North Carolina.
He'd had opportunities to take official visits at Middle Tennessee, Mississippi and Tennessee State, but declined to take them because he fell in love with North Carolina from afar.
Johnson said Alton will play defensive end or defensive tackle at North Carolina.