Emery Simmons has switched his verbal commitment to North Carolina, according to his head coach Rodney Brewington. He had been committed to Indiana for three months.

Simmons, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound wide receiver from Hope Mills (N.C.) South View, originally pledged to Indiana, at the time his only Power 5 offer, in mid-March. A little over a month later, UNC offered and shook up his recruitment. Duke, East Carolina, and Penn State have also offered Simmons.

Former wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer started UNC's courtship of Simmons. Luke Paschall, who replaced Brewer as wide receivers coach, picked up where Brewer left off and was actually the one to offer Simmons. Paschall offered Simmons when the latter attended a UNC cookout in April. Simmons was back in Chapel Hill last Saturday for Fedora's Freak Show.

Last offseason, Simmons transferred to South View from Fayetteville (N.C.) Village Christian Academy, where he played multiple positions. He instantly became South View's go-to receiver, finishing the 2017 season with 55 receptions for 997 yards and a dozen touchdowns.

"He's a game-changer," Brewington said. "Emery's one of those guys that has that 'winner' gene. He's one of those kids that wants the ball. He's just one of those kids that gets stronger as the game goes along. He's a Larry Fitzgerald -- he's that type of player. I think he's the high school equivalent of 'lob city,' because of his ability to make the one-handed catch [and] contort his body. A lot of it was athletic ability, but now the connection that him and the quarterback have with the back-shoulder throws, it's just been phenomenal.

"The one thing that I love about Emery is he's changed the culture of what hard work is in our program. When it comes to high school kids, they have to know what it looks like. Ever since Emery has come to the team, he's elevated what hard work is at South View."

A three-star prospect, Simmons is the No. 89-ranked wide receiver in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. His eye-catching athletic performance at the Nike combine in Charlotte earned him an invitation to the prestigious national Nike event called The Opening Finals later this month. Simmons is the 10th recruit to commit to UNC -- the sixth this month -- and the second wide receiver in the class, joining Welton Spottsville.