Zach Rice, one of the prized football recruits in the class of 2022, has made his college decision.

During a live broadcast on CBS Sports HQ, Rice, ranked as the No. 9 player in his class and the No. 1 offensive tackle in the nation, announced that he was committing to North Carolina. Along with the Tar Heels, Alabama was on the list of 5 finalists that looked to gain the services of Rice, along with Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Virginia.

In an interview with On3’s Hayes Fawcett, Rice stated that his plan was to enroll at North Carolina this spring.

“Playing under a Hall of Fame coach, in Coach (Mack) Brown is huge for me,” Rice said. “Also, North Carolina was a place that I felt like I could be comfortable…

“There are just so many Virginia people. Also, I grew up with (5-star defensive line commit) Travis (Shaw) so I knew that it felt like family.”