McGirt Updates Recruitment

DURHAM, N.C. -- Emanuel McGirt and Hillside (NC) High School were defeated 12-0 by New Bern High in the season opener for both teams.

"I think I did alright," Emanuel McGirt told Pack Pride after the game. "I can always get better. I had some mistakes.

"We kept turning the ball over. We had five turnovers, that cant' happen. you can't win a game with five turnovers."

The season is underway for McGirt, but he hasn't put his recruitment on the back burner. A mid-year enrollee, he has opened back up after backing off an earlier commitment to North Carolina.

Programs like NC State, Georgia, Florida, LSU, North Carolina are in the mix, but two stick out right now.

"I'd probably say NC State and Georgia, those two," said McGirt. "NC State and Georgia at one and then UNC second.

"I've been to Georgia and the coaches are family-oriented. They are really nice and everything. [State] it's the same thing. I've been over there a lot, and I have that homely feeling when I'm over there. I know a lot of the players over there."

McGirt maintains that he remains in constant contact with the Wolfpack coaches.

"Pretty frequently," he said of the contact. "I talk with coach Doeren, all of them a lot. Me and coach Kitchings, we're cool. I talk with him a lot. I talk to all the coaches a lot."

Garner (NC) tailback Nyheim Hines could play a role in McGirt's decision. Both players have publicly stated that they would like to attend the same school.

"Really, between Florida, UNC, Georgia, and NC State, those are the four he wants to go to and I want to go," McGirt said. "I doubt he wants to go to LSU, but I'm going to take a visit anyways.

"We met at a camp, and he initially was saying he wanted me to play with him. We've been talking about playing together since early in the camp season."

One factor that could be in NC State's favor is playing time. The Wolfpack starts senior Rob Crisp at left tackle and his backup, Andy Jomantas is also a senior. However, it doesn't sound like that's a major factor for McGirt.

"Definitely at State I'd probably have a better chance to start as a true freshman... but that doesn't matter to me," he said. "You play when you're ready. I think at any school if you go out there and do what you need to do you'll play."

Which school is recruiting McGirt the hardest?

"I'll probably say all three, but NC State is definitely... I'd say they all are about equal," he stated. "NC State has a little bit more, but I'd say they are all about equal."

McGirt added that he plans on taking an unofficial visit to NC State on Sunday. He is scheduled to take an official visit to Georgia next weekend.

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