UNC Still Involved with Highland Springs Duo

Despite possessing a verbal commitment list that includes five defensive backs, North Carolina has not decreased their recruiting interest on the cornerback duo at Highland Springs (Va.) High School – Cris Hill and C.J. Fleming.

"They haven't shown any indication that they are pulling back at all," said Highland Springs head football coach Scott Burton.

Currently, Hill, a 5-foot-11 165-pounder, and Fleming, a 5-foot-10 165-pounder, are in the midst of a hectic unofficial campus tour that will assist them in establishing a favorites list.

"They are in the process right now of taking some trips," said Burton. "Cris – as a matter of fact leaves tomorrow – goes to Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and West Virginia this week. He had planned on going to Ohio State and Michigan this week as well, but that became a little bit too burdensome for his family to travel, hotel costs, gas money, and stuff like that. He just wants to make those visits later on as official visits.

"C.J. is going to go next week to Tennessee and Georgia."

Both Fleming and Hill have already taken unofficial visits to Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Virginia.

After concluding their visits, both Springers will, for the first time, announce a list of favorites.

"No favorites [right now]," said Burton. "Both kids will narrow their list down after this round of visits.

"C.J. has expressed an interest in making his decision before our season starts. Cris is probably going to take a little bit longer and take some official visits and then he'll make his decision when he's ready."

While unwilling to mention which schools are likely candidates to make the cut for either recruit, the Tar Heels appear in good position for both.

"There is [an interest in UNC]," said Burton. "I know that North Carolina was one of the last schools to offer Cris. He has been there twice since the offer came, so I know he was interested in them. In the beginning I think he was a little disappointed that there was not an offer extended earlier, but I know that early on Carolina was something he was interested in.

"C.J. got a Carolina offer early in the process. So they knew about C.J. and jumped on him early."

According to Burton, the recent signing of Jarrell Miller, an alumni of Highland Springs, won't affect either Fleming's or Hill's decision.

"I think the good thing is we have players at a bunch of different places," said Burton. "The thing that all those people have in common is Highland Springs. Each kid is different and each kid is going to make a decision that is best for themselves and the other kids understand that. Each kid is looking for a different set of priorities, so it has to be a kid's decision."

While Fleming and Hill share plenty of the same qualities, they both are looking for different things in a school.

"With Cris, he has such upside, he's so young he's only 16 [years old right now]," said Burton. "So what he's looking for is a little different from C.J., because he understands that maybe after a redshirt year I think that he is somebody that really explodes. He's looking for a long-term, whereas C.J. is looking to go in and try to compete for playing time right away. "Cris comes from a very solid family background so he does not necessarily require a whole lot of maintenance I should say. He's very easy to coach and keep on an even keel. Whereas C.J. is someone that always responds well to motivation and always responds well to positive coaching. He's more looking for a mental in addition to coaching."

During his junior season, Fleming collected seven interceptions, and over 60 tackles earning all-district, all-region, all-metro, and honorable mention all-state honors. Hill was also named to the all-district team after recording 25 catches for 500 yards and seven touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Cris Hill Profile and C.J. Fleming Profile

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