Mass. DT Likes Feel of UNC

Maurice Hurst Jr. included North Carolina among a tour of schools over the last few days.

"[The UNC visit] went really good," said Hurst, whose father played seven seasons in the NFL with the New England Patriots. "I liked it a lot. The people there were really nice. The fact that I have family that is 20 minutes away was a plus. I like the feel of it."

Hurst, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound defensive tackle from Westwood (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers, began his trek on Friday at Penn State. On Saturday, he attended Virginia's Spring Game. He started Monday morning at Duke, and then spent five hours at UNC before heading to NC State. He is going to head home Tuesday morning.

"I was going to go to Michigan, but just because of circumstances I wasn't able to go," Hurst said.

Previously, Hurst has visited Boston College, Connecticut, and Maryland. He'll return to the road on Saturday for Ohio State's Spring Game and hopes to reschedule his trip to Michigan, as well as visits to Michigan State, Notre Dame, and Purdue.

Hurst's travels have allowed several schools to stick out.

"I definitely think UVa and UNC are sticking out from this trip," Hurst said. "Obviously, I like Michigan and Ohio State stuck out a lot and BC.

"I really like the schools that aren't just about football, but are also about academics. That's pretty important to me. I don't just want a football school – they have to be pretty good in academics as well."

After the Evaluation Period, Hurst plans to announce a firm favorite schools list.

Throughout his UNC visit, Hurst spent a great deal of time with lead recruiter Dave Duggan.

"He just talked to me about how they really need people at my position, particularly at nose tackle," Hurst said. "He said their depth chart is pretty low at that position and they would really be able to use me in my freshman year – I really liked that."

Additionally, Hurst met with Larry Fedora.

"I liked [Fedora]," Hurst said. "He's kind of just a regular guy. He's down-to-earth. He told me the truth about everything, like this [my college decision] is going to be a difficult decision."

Hurst also reconnected with senior offensive lineman Brennan Williams, who also played high school ball in Massachusetts.

"I know Brennan Williams pretty well and I was just talking to him about [UNC]," Hurst said.

When Hurst wasn't conversing with UNC coaches or players, he was getting the full view of UNC.

"I toured the school and walked around," Hurst said. "I went into the gift shop and saw all the stores. I went through the academics center. Everything was pretty nice. The school itself is beautiful. It's pretty big but it doesn't really have a big feel because the campus is so close together. The football field and practice field is all close."

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