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ROLESVILLE - Rolesville High School football player Jonathan Adorno held his official signing for UNC-Chapel Hill at the school Friday.
Adorno was joined on stage with his father, his brother, brother-in-law, UNC head coach Mack Brown and UNC assistant head coach Tim Brewster during the ceremony.
"It's amazing to be a Tar Heel," Adorno said. "It's a blessing. It's just fun being there at UNC."
Adorno came into Rolesville weighing 270 pounds as a freshman and is now at 299 and standing at 6-foot-4 heading into his first season with UNC. Adorno played offensive tackle for the Rams and has started on the varsity team since his sophomore year.
Most recently, Adorno helped lead Rolesville to a 10-3 overall record, which is their best finish in school history. He originally committed to play for N.C. State, but then switched to UNC in November.
Brown spoke to the other Rolesville football players in attendance at the signing. He said that Adorno checked all the boxes and that anyone can make it to the next level if they put in hard work in both on the field and in the classroom.
"When you start looking for recruits, you've got to make sure you've got a guy with tremendous character, integrity and good grades. Jonathan checked all of those boxes," Brown said. "Once you get past those things, you're looking for a good player. We needed a good offensive lineman. Jonathan can play all five spots. He's young, strong, competitive, tough and loves to play. We think he will make a big difference on our offensive line. Everyone is going to want to play like him."
Adorno graduted early from Rolesville in December with a 4.0 G.P.A. He has started taking classes at UNC. He said he is looking to possibly study computer science in college, but is still undecided.
"I'm really looking forward to playing for Coach Brown," Adorno said. "I just want to have fun."