Three accepted at Hargrave

Hargrave head football coach Robert Prunty says Terry Hunter, Marcus Hands and Kenny Price are set to come on board. But Khalif Mitchell's scholastic future remains unclear.

Carolina's attempt to follow up its 2003 football recruiting efforts, which yielded a Top 15-caliber class, may have taken a blow recently with some of its top signees failing to qualify academically. Like a charge back to a salesman, it was reported shortly after kicker Connor Barth's commitment that perhaps as many as five of the Tar Heels' 2003 signees might have to go to Hargrave Military Acadmeny, instead of beginning their freshman seasons in Chapel Hill this fall.

Hargrave head football coach Robert Prunty told Inside Carolina on Tuesday that defensive ends' Terry Hunter, Marcus Hands and Kenny Price have been accepted to Hargrave.

But Prunty said Khalif Mitchell's status is still up in the air.

"I'm still waiting to hear about Mitchell," Prunty said. "I was happy when I read that [Donnell] Livingston had made it."

On Sunday, Livingston announced he had made his qualifying SAT score on his final attempt. Pending the outcome of two summer school classes, which he says are nothing to worry about, Livingston said he would not have to go to prep school.

First Colonial head coach Samuel C. Scarborough said that Mitchell scored 890 on his SAT and had a GPA of 2.3, putting him within 10 points of his SAT score. He would need a slight adjustment in his GPA to qualify. School officials have been looking to make sure that there were no errors that could be found which would allow him to qualify. Scarborough is holding out hope that Mitchell can still make it to UNC without prep school, and therefore will not open up his recruiting.

Prunty emphasized that none of the above mentioned players have enrolled yet.

All could still matriculate to UNC eventually, but they would have to be re-recruited and one or more could change their minds before Signing Day 2004.

This time last year, UNC freshman Melik Brown was at Hargrave. He then showed up for UNC practice ready to go.

"I love John Bunting," Prunty said.

Hargrave travels to Chapel Hill on Oct.5 to meet the UNC junior varsity. Gametime is 3:30 p.m. in Kenan Stadium.

Mark Ellington contributed to this story.

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