Switzer's skills seemed a perfect fit for Dana Holgorsen's offense at West Virginia University, especially with the graduation of all-purpose back Tavon Austin, but the GW star didn't connect with the coaches.
"West Virginia offered me, but out of my 19 [offers] they were my 17th offer,'' said Switzer. "They didn't push for me hard. They really didn't recruit me and I never got a good feel for them. I'm happy where I'm going.''
The Heels collected wins over Virginia Tech (48-34), East Carolina (27-6) and North Carolina State (43-35) and pushed Louisville (39-34), Duke (33-30) and Georgia Tech (68-50) to the brink in losses. All those teams competed in bowl games this past season. Fedora went 33-19 in four years at Southern Mississippi, winning the 2011 Conference USA title game.
"The bowl ban is off when I get there,'' Switzer said. "They'll have a few scholarship reductions. That really doesn't matter. They've got a whole new coaching staff, great guys, and it's a great school with great facilities. I'm going to be able to continue to play and we're going to win championships.''
Switzer should get plenty of opportunities as the "A-back'' in Fedora's offensive system, which will put to use the his sprinter's speed and shifty moves by catching passes as the slot wide receiver, running the ball from different formations and returning kicks.
Tracy Lampley, a 5-9, 168-pound speedster, played a similar role under Fedora at Southern Miss, racking up 3,752 all-purpose yards, just short of the top five on the school's all-time list, and scored 13 times in four different ways in three seasons.
"Usually that guy, without game planning, gets around 12 to 15 touches a game so the ball is going to be in my hands,'' Switzer said.
"If I go in and work I should be starting and playing really early. The offensive system fits me great. It's going to give me a great opportunity to be really special and do a lot of things for them.''
Switzer's future never looked brighter.
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.