Byrnes LB Excited to Learn About UNC

A little over a week ago North Carolina extended Stanley Hunter his first scholarship offer. Although the Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes standout knows very little regarding UNC, he's eager to learn.

"I have no problem with North Carolina, I just wasn't expecting [an offer]," said Hunter. "I'm very interested in them now, especially since I know they're interested in me. I'm taking a visit up there this Saturday for their junior day."

Teammates defensive lineman Everett Dawkins, offensive lineman Chad Diehl, and linebacker Albert Lemus will join Hunter in his trip to Chapel Hill this weekend.

On March 25th Hunter will attempt to attend junior days at both Georgia and South Carolina. Then in April he heads to Knoxville to unofficially visit Tennessee.

In addition to his UNC offer, Hunter is fielding heavy interest from Georgia, Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Despite his lack of knowledge of the program, Hunter, who plans to make a decision late in the process, considers the Tar Heels among his early list of favorites.

"My favorites right now, I would have to say, Georgia, Clemson, UNC, and Wake Forest," said Hunter. "With Georgia, it was my childhood favorite. When I found out they were interested I was like ok I can deal with that. It would be to just pursue a dream with Georgia. And plus I love everything about Georgia.

"With Clemson, it's the same thing really [as UGa], but it's in-state. My best friend Will Korn [committed there]. Prince [Miller] is trying to get me to Georgia and Will is trying to get me to Clemson.

"UNC, it's my first offer. I don't know too much, but I'm very interested.

"With Wake Forest, I love the black-on-black – it's so intimidating to me, man. I love the way they play, they get after it every year."

Last year during Byrnes' championship run, Hunter mostly play defensive end while also spending time at linebacker. This season Hunter's reps will be split evenly between both positions. On the collegiate level, his 6-foot, 205-pound frame and 4.5-forty speed is a more ideal fit for outside linebacker.

Hunter was named to the all-region and all-area teams after recording some eye-catching statistics -- 160 tackles, 38 tackles for a loss, 16 sacks, and one interception.

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