Hess Checks Out UNC

Accepting a special invitation, Josh Hess visited North Carolina last Saturday.

"Coach ‘Mo' [Allen Mogridge] kept calling and texting Coach [Greg] Mance and telling him to get me to call him," the 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman from Richlands (Va.) said. "I called him and he personally invited me down and told me how much they like me. I have interest in [UNC] so I figured I'd make the visit down."

Although he has been invited several times in the past, the visit was Hess' first to Chapel Hill.

"It was a great place," Hess said. "The campus was laid out nice. We went around and took a short tour of the campus on a bus and stopped at one of the dorm rooms and actually got out to see what the football dorms are like, which was pretty neat. We toured the facilities."

The visit provided Hess his first opportunity to meet Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"He was funny," Hess said. "He's just a funny guy. I really like him. I think he'd be a good offensive line coach. When we went in and watched film on the other offensive line prospects, he really knew what he was talking about. I think he'd be pretty good to play for."

Hess' visit concluded with the UNC-Boston College basketball game.

"It was crazy," Hess said. "I didn't expect it to be like that. Carolina really loves their basketball. The fans, they were just wild. It wasn't a good game at first, but things started to pick up."

Mogridge sat with Hess throughout the basketball game.

"He said that they really liked me and that he is going to come down in the spring and watch me do some drills and see how I run," Hess said. "He talked about offering based on what he sees in the spring."

Marshall is the only school to have offered Hess a scholarship.

Hess is being recruited as both an offensive tackle and guard. He has played both positions for Richlands, which he has started for since his sophomore season.

Although he doesn't have a list of favorite schools, Hess is looking at UNC more favorably following Saturday's visit.

"I really like them," Hess said. "They have great football and they have good academics. So many people say North Carolina is a basketball school, but I think it's a football and basketball school because their football is really picking up with Coach Butch Davis."

Besides UNC, Hess has visited Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Kentucky, Marshall, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He's working on trips to Florida and Maryland.

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