Va. Guard Looking to Visit UNC

While most of his scholarship offering schools officially entered the picture during the May Evaluation Period, North Carolina has had their eye on Maurice Hampton from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus for quite a while now.

"North Carolina offered first, I think in March," said Hampton. "Actually, I didn't really see much of them just like South Carolina. They looked at my stats and saw a couple of my tapes and they were just really impressed. They had a little talk with me – a little short interview. They really liked me and the next thing you know I got an official scholarship in the mail."

Hampton, a 6-foot-5 295-pound offensive guard, possesses offers from Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech, in addition to the Tar Heels.

Since being offered, Hampton has wanted to investigate the Tar Heels.

"I'm interested in North Carolina," said Hampton. "I want to see what they're about. I haven't been down there, yet, so I have to check the school out. I have five official visits so I might use a visit to go over there."

While Hampton has yet to step foot in Chapel Hill, his campus visit could come a lot sooner than an official trip.

"I hope to visit down there some time this summer," said Hampton. "I don't have any for sure date, but I'm trying to go to North Carolina's camp on July 14th through the 15th so that I can go to their camp and take a visit at the same time."

Thus far, Hampton has made unofficial visits to in-state schools Virginia and Virginia Tech, and is looking to visit Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech this summer.

With plenty of visits on tap, Hampton doesn't feel prepared enough to name favorites.

"I don't know too much about all of [my offering] colleges, not yet per say," said Hampton. "I don't want to put anybody down, yet. You know, keep my options open."

Hampton, whose primary recruiter is Kenny Browning, doesn't talk much on the phone with North Carolina's coaching staff, but does receive a lot of mail and a lot of text messages.

"[Coach John Bunting] texted me three or four times today," said Hampton. "The offensive line coach [Mark Weber] keeps in contact with me constantly through text messages."

During his junior season, Hampton played both sides of the line, but was named to the all-district team for his play on offense.

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