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UNC’s Mack Brown gets commitment from four-star quarterback from Texas

North Carolina coach Mack Brown has already picked up a commitment out of his former state of Texas.Malik Hornsby, a dual-threat quarterback from Fort Bend Marshall High in Missouri City, Tex., announced his commitment to the Tar Heels on Twitter on Wednesday.

“100% committed the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA please respect my decision UNC BLUEHEAVEN here I come,” his tweet read.

Brown coached at Texas from 1998-2013 and is no stranger to recruiting players from the talent-rich, football-crazed state.

Hornsby, who’s 6-2 and 175 pounds, is the No. 16 player in Texas in the class of 2020. A four-star prospect according to 247Sports, Hornsby is the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the country. Last season he completed 75 of 128 passes for 1,969 yards and 23 touchdowns. Hornsby rushed for 772 yards and 13 more scores.

Carolina has 13 players verbally committed in the class of 2020 and Hornsby is now the highest ranked of the group and the only quarterback.

Brown took over for former coach Larry Fedora in December and quickly made his presence felt on the recruiting trail. His class of 2019 was highlighted by Sun Valley dual-threat quarterback Sam Howell, who originally committed to Florida State.

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Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV covers college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central and the ACC for the Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.