CLIFTON, Va. --- An interesting topic was broached when DeMarcco Hellams returned to North Carolina in late March for its junior day. Having watched the 2019 four-star's sophomore film, the UNC coaches were curious if he'd be interested in playing safety in college.
"Coach J.P. [John Papuchis] called me over and he asked me what position I like more," Hellams said. "I told him, 'It doesn't matter. I just love being on the field.' And he told me that the offer could work both ways, wherever I want to play."
Hellams, a 6-foot-1, 196-pounder, burst onto the recruiting scene when he became the rare freshman to see significant varsity reps at receiver for powerhouse Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha. His rookie film resulted in a UNC scholarship offer a year ago.
This past season, Hellams added safety to his workload, making 50 tackles and intercepting a pair of passes.
Hellams says UNC is now recruiting him simply as an athlete.
"It doesn't hurt it at all," Hellams said. "I'm really interested in any school that's interested in me. Even the attempt to consider me for other positions, it just shows how much [UNC] is interested in me."
Fourteen schools have offered Hellams. Besides UNC, that list includes Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
"I'm pretty high on every school that has offered me," Hellams said. "I don't really put any school above another."
Hellams is just going with the flow. He has no plans to name favorites or make a verbal commitment. In a year, he says, he could be committed or still completely wide open.
"I'm probably just going to take it slow," Hellams said. "I take my recruiting process as a blessing and just take everything that comes with it."
Hellams's March visit to UNC was his third to the school.
"I got to see the campus life, which is important because football is only three months out of the year," Hellams said. "I could see how the students interact with each other."
Though nothing is set in stone, Hellams plans to make a fourth visit to UNC in the near future. He was invited to Fedora's Freak Show by Papuchis. That showcase camp would provide Hellams an opportunity to workout under both wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer and defensive back coach Terry Joseph, and thus help determine his best position fit.
Additionally, Hellams hopes to make his inaugural visit to Ohio State sometime soon.
Also this offseason, Hellams visited Michigan and Penn State for spring games.