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UNC 'Sits Pretty High' with Four-star WR Tre Turner

Tre Turner returned to UNC on Saturday.

Marrying the attention he's received from its coaches with his exposure and connections to the school, North Carolina is sitting in prime position with four-star 2018 wide receiver Tre Turner.

"They sit pretty high," Turner said. "I'm not even going to say they're my No. 1 school or anything. But they sit pretty high on the little list that I have in my head. They'll probably always be there."

Turner's half-brother, P.J. Hairston, played basketball for the Tar Heels (2011-13). As such, the 6-foot-4, 175-pounder from Greensboro (N.C.) Northwest Guilford has made countless visits to Chapel Hill. If that wasn't enough, Turner's close friend, D.J. Crossen, pledged to UNC in August.

The list in Turner's head is mercurial, but currently consists of three schools.

"As of right now, Miami, Virginia Tech, and UNC are probably my top three schools," Turner said. "Those are the three schools that I've been to and talk to a lot. I'm getting recruited hard by Ohio State, but they haven't offered."

While Ohio State hasn't offered, 18 other schools have. Most recently, Miami, Ole Miss, and Penn State joined the party.

"I'm just taking it all in and seeing how it goes," Turner said.

Like his older brother, Turner also excels on the hardwoods. As such, he's leaning towards playing both sports in college. UNC is not only open to the idea, but its coaches have encouraged Turner to play both sports, he says.

In September, Turner visited Miami for a game. He then attended the Tennessee-Alabama game in Knoxville in October. This coming weekend, he'll travel to Virginia Tech to watch the Hokies take on Georgia Tech.

This past Saturday, Turner returned to Chapel Hill for his first UNC game in a couple of seasons.

"They had a big fan base at the game," Turner said. "It was impressive."

Just as impressive, at least from Turner's perspective, was the play on the field. Turner watched as Mitch Trubisky threw the ball 32 times as UNC cruised to a 48-20 win over Georgia Tech.

"I like seeing teams air it out," Turner said. "I don't like to see a bunch of running, like Georgia Tech. The way Carolina throws the ball, I like that. That sits [UNC] up pretty high, because I'm not going to go to a team that just runs the ball. There are teams that run spread offenses and throw the ball on every play. Obviously, those teams are going to be pretty high on the list."

Prior to kick off, Turner met individually with Gunter Brewer, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"We were just talking pretty much about every day life," Turner said. "We talked about my game on Friday. And then he asked me about my teammate, Thomas [Hennigan] and we were talking about him."

Hennigan is among a pool of candidates who could fill UNC's 2017 wide receiver void. But, he has been verbally committed to Appalachian State since May.

"[The UNC coaches'] only problem is: they don't want to interfere with his commitment if they aren't going to pursue him," Turner said. "So, they wanted to know how he feels about the whole thing. So, they asked me about it."

At the conclusion of his meeting with Brewer, Turner was escorted into Larry Fedora's office. 

"We were just talking about getting back up there again," Turner said. "He wants to get me back up there for another game or during the spring -- when I don't have school."

Turner is considering returning to UNC for one or both of its last two home games (vs. The Citadel on Nov. 19 and vs. NC State on Nov. 25).

Visits between UNC and Turner haven't been one-side. Fedora and area recruiter Chris Kapilovic attended Northwest's win over Southwest two Fridays back. Most notable, was their choice of transportation -- a helicopter.

"They got there at halftime, so everybody saw it," Turner said. "It was pretty exciting. It was kind of weird seeing a helicopter flying right over top of the football field. But it was pretty cool."

Northwest and Southwest have several FBS recruits between them. But, there's little doubt the helicopter was used to impress Turner, the highest rated recruit on the field that night.

"It means a lot, because no other schools are going to do that," Turner said. "It's pretty cool."

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