Four-Star Back to Visit UNC

Building off of the momentum created by a solid finish to the season, the Tar Heels coaching staff have picked up recruiting for the class of 2005. With so many of the region's top prospects very much on the market, North Carolina still has a chance to produce a top 25-ranked class.

Among the remaining blue chip targets is four-star tailback Montario Hardesty of New Bern (N.C.) High School. Once considered a long-shot for UNC, assistant coach Brad Lawing now has the Heels firmly entrenched in the race for the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder.

"Coach Lawing calls a lot," explained Hardesty. "I talk to Coach [John] Bunting a couple times and I have talked to Coach [Andre] Powell -- the running back coach -- but Lawing is the one that is recruiting me. He came to school on Monday, and I set up an official [visit] with him that night on the phone."

Hardesty, who has officially visited Nebraska and Virginia Tech already, has scheduled the aforementioned visit to North Carolina for this weekend. He joins many other first-class prospects who also figure to make the trip to Chapel Hill creating quite possibly the most important weekend to date for the Heels' 2005 recruiting class.

Although Hardesty is a slight Tennessee lean, he is very much interested in North Carolina for various reasons.

"You know they are up and coming," remarked Hardesty. "They were 6-5 this year, going to a bowl game, and an in-state school. I grew up liking the Tar Heels, so I like the Tar Heels."

Despite ending his senior season with a tough 20-19 loss, Hardesty posted solid numbers recording 2,002 yards on just 272 carries (7.36 yards/carry) for the season.

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