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Maye, the youngest of four children, isn’t the only member of his family who played for North Carolina.

Drake’s father, Mark, was also a quarterback for the Tar Heels from 1984 to 1987. In three seasons, his father threw 20 touchdown passes and 22 interceptions.

His older brother, Luke, played basketball for North Carolina from 2015–2019 and was a member of the 2017 team that won the national title. Luke is most known for his game-winning basket against Kentucky to send the Tar Heels to the Final Four.

The third Maye brother, Beau, walked on to the UNC basketball team for the 2022–2023 season. Cole, the only sibling not to go to college in Chapel Hill, pitched for Florida and won the 2017 College World Series.

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Ranked as the ninth-best quarterback and 47th player overall in the 2021 recruiting class according to ESPN, Maye pledged his commitment to play under Nick Saban on July 17, 2019.

In an interview with On3 from November 2022, Maye recalled why he flipped his commitment, other than Bryce Young, the top recruit in the 2020 class, committing to Alabama.

“Obviously the big thing was just seeing Coach [Mack] Brown come back,” Maye said. “And then even with me being committed to Alabama, they kept recruiting me, they made me a priority.”

Patriots’ Drake Maye talks about his new teammates, Tom Brady, and conversation with Jerod Mayo

New England Patriots quarterback Drake Maye talks about his new teammates, Tom Brady, and conversation with Jerod Mayo.

Maye started all 14 games for the Tar Heels in 2022, leading his team to a 9-5 record. He passed for 4,321 yards, threw 38 touchdown passes, and had only 7 interceptions. He also led his team with 698 rushing yards and scored seven times on the ground.

He was awarded ACC Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and Offensive Rookie of the Year. Maye was only the second player to sweep the four awards (Jameis Winston in 2013)

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect draws inspiration from three very different quarterbacks: Joe Burrow, Josh Allen, and Cam Newton, the latter of whom Maye grew up watching as a Panthers fan.

“I like Burrow’s mindset and his competitiveness. All three of those guys love to win. So, Cam Newton making plays because he was the best at it, and then those other two guys for my skill set,” Maye told Bleacher Report.

As a sophomore at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Maye averaged 13.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in 2018–19. In his junior season, he averaged 16.1 points, and 11.3 rebounds, but did not play as a senior because he enrolled early at North Carolina in January 2021.

Maye feels as if his time on the hardwood aided his progression on the gridiron.

“You’re always on the move in basketball, which definitely translates to football with the ball in your hands,” Maye told 247Sports. “It definitely helped.”

NFL Draft reaction: New England Patriots select Drake Maye with the third pick

The New England Patriots select North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye with the third pick of the NFL Draft.

Eli Cloutier can be reached at eli.cloutier@globe.com. Follow him @iamelicloutier.

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