RECRUITING: Hemby says it's still UNC for him

Jordan Hemby, a cornerback committed to the University of North Carolina, visited the University of Florida campus last weekend, and though he was impressed with Coach Urban Meyer, the Florida campus and the city of Gainesville, he's still standing by his verbal commitment to Carolina.

"I saw the town of Gainesville, just visiting the city, and I met some of the players. It seemed like a nice place," said Hemby, from Morganton (NC) Freedom and rated rated three stars by Scout.com.

In Gainesville he had a chance to spend time with Meyer and he came away liking the UF coach.

"He is a pretty nice guy," said Hemby. "He told me he wanted me to be the best."

Jordan Hemby is 5-11, 176 with 4.56 time in the 40. He picked off seven passes as a junior, eight during his senior year. He's also known as a big hitter.

Hemby is considered quite mature for his age. He's also considered a self-motivator who is as comfortable in the class room as he is on the football field. He is fully qualified with both a strong GPA and test score.

Visiting Gainesville gave Hemby a chance to consider what it would be like to play in The Swamp as well as line up in the Southeastern Conference. ""I would probably play early at Florida," said Hemby. "That's what Coach Meyer told me, but if I had to redshirt for a year that would be alright."

While Carolina is just a short drive down the road from Morganton, Hemby let it be known that it is not location that has been the deciding issue.

"It is more about the program than the location," said Hemby.

Hemby said he's happy with his commitment to North Carolina, but hedged a bit by letting it be known that the decision isn't necessarily final. He plans to take extra time to think things through so that he can be certain that he makes the right decision. He mentioned repeatedly that he is open to changing his choice, but that something significant would have to happen to cause him to do so.

"There is no one thing I am looking for that is going to make me change my mind," said Hemby. "I just want to see what is out there."

GATOR COUNTRY TAKE: Hemby's commitment to North Carolina looks less solid by the moment. While he could certainly sign with the Tar Heels next Wednesday, it seems he's looking for a reason to change his mind. That reason could come in the form of family acceptance of a commitment to Florida.


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