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UNC Makes 'Great' First Impression on Hunt

UNC makes Tyran Hunt's top seven, largely because of his experience at the Freak Show.

Since it offered during the Spring Evaluation Period, Tyran Hunt has attempted to visit North Carolina. The offensive lineman was finally able to do so for Fedora's Freak Show.

"It was great," Hunt said. "It was pretty much everything I thought it would be and more.

"At first, I was skeptical about it, because I wasn't in constant contact with UNC at the time. But, I went up there, got to meet the staff, they showed us around the campus, and it was great. I could really envision myself being at that school. I really liked it and what it had to offer."

A couple weeks later, Hunt, a 6-foot-7, 280-pounder from Courtland (Va.) Southampton, unveiled a top seven consisting of Maryland, UNC, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"My top seven schools keep in constant contact with me," Hunt said. "I don't want to be involved with a school that just offers me and checks on me every now and then. I understand everybody has a job, but I want to be involved in the recruiting process so that I know what I'm walking into. These seven schools keep me involved."

Tentatively, Hunt is scheduled to winnow down his list to three schools on Aug. 20.

"It could get moved up or postponed based on my visits and my decisions," Hunt said. "It's something I've been talking about with my family and I'm feeling closer and closer to the end of my recruitment. But after my last few visits, I pretty much got a feel for where I need to be. So, it could be sooner, most likely. I might end up skipping the top three and committing."

Regardless, Hunt denies having a leader and says there's no order to his top seven.

Hunt doesn't have any future visits set in stone. But, he's considering invitations to NC State on July 22 and Virginia Tech on July 28. Also, he's contemplating making back-to-back trips to Syracuse and Maryland -- the only two members of his top seven he has yet to visit -- on July 30 and 31.

Outside of the Freak Show, Hunt camped at Virginia and attended a satellite camp at Old Dominion.

"Definitely, [the Freak Show] is a whole different atmosphere," Hunt said. "You have to bring your 'A' game. It's very intense and fast paced -- just like how they play on the field. There were a lot of high ranked players and just competition all over the place. There was just great energy, we got to play dodge ball -- it was just great."

The Freak Show began at 8 pm on June 18, but Hunt arrived on campus around 2:30. The early arrival allowed him to tour the entire campus and grab a meal before the camp began.

During the Freak Show, Hunt worked under the guidance of Chris Kapilovic, UNC's offensive line coach.

"He's definitely a coach that wants perfection," Hunt said. "If you do it wrong the first time, he wants you to do it until you get it right. Even when you get it right, he pushes you to do it better. And I really respect that, because he brings out the best in a lot of athletes. Especially during competition time, he's really there for you."

Afterwards, Kapilovic provided Hunt with a critique. 

"He told me I have a lot of upside," Hunt said. "... They're looking for well-rounded student athletes, and he said that I fit the part."


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