Highland Springs Duo Has UNC Offers

While their track season has limited their unofficial visits this spring, the Highland Springs (Va.) defensive back duo of C.J. Fleming and Cris Hill did take a trip to Chapel Hill earlier in the year.

"They went down to North Carolina in January to see them play Duke in basketball," said Highland Springs head football coach Scott Burton. "They loved it; it's obviously a pretty good atmosphere. We already have one player down there another one going this coming year [Jarrell Miller] so I think they were pretty comfortable down there."

Although North Carolina's roster will include two Highland Springs alums this fall, Burton doesn't feel that will be an all-important advantage for the Tar Heels.

"No, I don't think so," said Burton. "Our kids have been friends before they chose to go anywhere. Jarrell loves it down there and he's going to tell them he loves it, but he's not going to try to convince them to go there. The fit has got to be right for each kid. Just because it's right for Jarrell doesn't mean its right for them."

With Fleming and Hill, Highland Springs possesses two speedy athletes with a very similar skill set.

"They both pretty much are carbon copies of each other physically – both just a shade under 6-foot, about 170-175 [pounds]," said Burton. "They both run really well. Physically, they both have a lot of tools and are smooth in what they do.

"Chris is probably a little bit better athlete than C.J. – does things a little bit more smoothly - maybe a step faster than C.J. But C.J. has a little bit more football savvy then Chris does. He probably understands how to play the game a little more and is a little bit more aggressive at this point.

"It's kind of like one of those pick your poison type of things. They both bring a lot to the table and we're definitely glad to have both of them."

For Highland Springs, Fleming plays solely at cornerback, where he picked off eight passes his junior season earning all-district, all-region, and all-metro honors.

Hill, on the other hand, plays both corner and wide receiver, while also returning kicks. He was named all-district second team as a junior.

Both are being recruited for cornerback and have an identical scholarship offers list – North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia, Tennessee, Maryland, and West Virginia.

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