Charlotte Kicker on UNC's Radar

After not signing a kicker in its past two recruiting classes, North Carolina hopes to land one in its 2007 haul. Chris Hinkebein is a kicker firmly planted on the Tar Heels' radar.

"I was up at [North] Carolina for their spring game and I talked to Coach [Dave] Brock and Coach [Andre] Powell," said Hinkebein. "They both said they are going to offer a scholarship to a kicker out of North Carolina for 2007. They said it's down to me and another kid for that spot. We're both going to their camp this summer."

If Hinkebein leaves Chapel Hill with an offer, thoughts of committing would enter his mind.

"I'm not sure [if I would commit if they offer]," said Hinkebein with a laugh. "It's not going to happen until the summer, most likely. I'd probably see what interest I'm getting from other places and decide based on that.

"I really like it up there and my parents do, too. Both times I was there everyone seemed so welcoming."

The Tar Heels' camp will be among the countless camps Hinkebein attends this summer. Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are also on his schedule.

In addition to UNC, Hinkebein is receiving strong interest from Missouri, Virginia Tech, Army, and Virginia. However, three schools have caught his attention.

"Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech – those three are really sticking out because they're showing me a lot of interest and they're close to home," said Hinkebein. "Mizzou does strike some interest, because that's where I'm originally from."

A starter since his freshman year for Charlotte (N.C.) Providence, Hinkebein converted 50-of-51 extra points and 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 52 yards during his junior season. Also, he sent almost 80 percent of his kickoffs into the end zone. This season Hinkebein will add punting to his responsibilities.

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