While a number of schools were initially recruiting him, and some tried to re-enter the picture late, in the end it was a decision between two schools.
"Florida and UNC were the only final two schools," Hemby said, noting that he received some recent calls as well from NC State. "Florida came in late and I liked them a lot when I was younger."
So what prompted the 5-10, 175-pound defensive back to turn down new Gators coach Urban Meyer?
"I trust the [UNC] coaches more," he said. "I'm in touch with Coach [Marvin] Sanders more than anybody [who was recruiting me].
"My heart was in North Carolina so I decided to stay at home."
The phone calls from college coaches and the media continued all the way into last night, but Hemby said he had a pretty good idea of his decision after a Monday evening conversation.
"I came to my decision Monday night after talking to Coach Sanders for two hours," he said. "... [but] I wasn't 100 percent sure until last night."
Hemby is ranked the No. 8 prospect in the state according to Scout.com and is the top-rated defensive back. He led Freedom to an 8-3 record as a senior with seven interceptions and also returned kicks and rushed for 750 yards.
"[Carolina plans to] use me on special teams, punts and kickoffs, and playing mainly corner," Hemby said, adding that he expects to compete for playing time as a freshman.
He plans to major in marketing or business administration and stressed his eagerness to enroll in Chapel Hill and help the Tar Heel football program.