Alabama TE visits UNC

In a weekend devoted to recruiting, Birmingham (Ala.) Briarwood Christian tight end Charles Hoke decided to tour the two North Carolina schools that have offered him. The weekend kicked off with an unofficial visit to see Duke's campus, and then concluded with a stop in Chapel Hill to get his first up close look at the Tar Heels program.

"I enjoyed it," remarked Hoke, who also claims offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt. "It was my first time up there and I was impressed with everything. Last Sunday I went and spoke to Coach [John] Bunting for a while. Then I came back on Monday and saw all the facilities."

Discussions with Bunting included an explanation of how the coaching staff plans to use the 6-foot-6, 235-pounder's versatility in a new H-back-like position, where he would do just about everything on offense, but throw.

"They told to me about how they want to use me in the offense," Hoke said. "They want me to play like a slot receiver kind of slash tight end, an H-back with the ability to go inside, too. They said they would kind of play around with me like that."

With a summer filled with visits to a total of eight campuses throughout the southeast (Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt in addition to UNC and Duke), Hoke hasn't had an opportunity to sit down and iron out a favorites list.

"I'm definitely going to consider them," stated Hoke of the Tar Heels. "I'm not sure where they would rank, but I was definitely impressed with their program. There is a definite possibility that I will [officially visit UNC] if I decide to take all of [my allotted five official visits]."

Hoke earned All-State honors after a season that saw him pull in 57 passes for 945 yards plus seven touchdowns. He also played a huge role in Briarwood Christian winning the Alabama 5A State Championship.

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