Just recently three-star cornerback Don Hursey announced that North Carolina was the leader for his services.
That hasn't caused the NC State coaches to back off, however. Though the Pack has yet to offer Hursey a scholarship, they appear to be genuinely interested and are continuing to evaluate the 5-10, 174-pound defensive back.
Woodson High School in Washington D.C., where Hursey currently plays his football and attends class, has two more regular season games before the start of the playoffs. They appear to be headed for a two-seed, and Hursey is a big reason why. On the year he has recorded a touchdown, two interceptions, 12 pass breakups and 30 tackles, establishing himself as one of the top defensive backs in the mid-Atlantic region.
North Carolina is clearly still a factor in Hursey's recruitment, and he even admitted to Pack Pride that the Heels are out in front.
"Recently I've been talking to North Carolina of course, because they're one of my offers," he said. "I would say they're still my favorite."
In addition to the Heels, Hursey has been keeping in touch with Vanderbilt and Towson. Other schools, including the Pack, want to see more from him before they extend scholarships.
"North Carolina State, Louisville, Virginia and a couple of others like Duke and Connecticut are coming in and saying they want to see film," he said.
"From NC State, I actually talk to coach Keith Willis a lot. Coach Petercuskie is my recruiting coordinator, though, and he usually writes me or sends me e-mails. I actually went down there to the NC State camp and it's a really nice place. Coach Willis was real sociable and I thought it was cool that he was from this area. I didn't realize that before then. It was just a nice place."
Hursey, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds, plans on taking an official visit to North Carolina later in the year, though he doesn't have the date set in stone. He did not rule out the possibility of taking other visits.