Hubbard Unofficially Visits Campus

It was a quick visit, but Kyle Hubbard's first look at the North Carolina campus proved to be an eye-opener and has altered the state of his recruitment.

On their way to the Beach Ball Classic basketball tournament in South Carolina, the Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward team made a pit stop in Chapel Hill to squeeze in some last minute practice time and check out UNC's campus.

"It was really nice," said Hubbard, who plays both basketball and football at St. Edward. "We got a little tour of the town, which was really nice. We saw some of the campus and then we made our way to the gym. And then we just practiced in the gym. The gym was really sweet."

Hubbard, a 6-foot-3 225-pound wide receiver, couldn't meet with any members of North Carolina's coaching staff due to NCAA regulations. However, he kept in contact with primary recruiter Tommy Thigpen through text messages throughout his stay.

"He was just like ‘How do you like North Carolina?' ‘I told you it was going to be beautiful,' and all the good stuff," said Hubbard.

During the trip down to Chapel Hill, Hubbard called head coach Butch Davis and spoke to him over the phone.

"He was just saying a highlight [of UNC] is that it looks like home and it reminds him of Cleveland," said Hubbard. "He was telling me about the university and all of the nice parts."

Following the visit, Hubbard's positive feelings for North Carolina have flourished.

"I'm starting to consider [UNC] a lot stronger," said Hubbard. "From being down there [and] seeing how it was, I thought it was really, really nice. I was like ‘This is nice, I can get used to this if I was to come here.' At first, I was [thinking] ‘I want to be close to home,' but then I was like ‘This could be like a new beginning for me."

In mid-November, Hubbard verbally committed to Pittsburgh, but has downgraded that pledge to "medium."

Hubbard called Thigpen on Monday night to get some questions answered regarding his situation with UNC.

"He said pretty much I do [have a UNC scholarship offer], but he wants to finalize it [Tuesday] with Coach Butch Davis," said Hubbard. "He said he was going to have Coach Davis call me."

Hubbard will then have additional questions answered during the weekend of January 12th when he officially visits North Carolina. He has already taken his official visit to Pitt in early December. He said he doesn't foresee any additional officials being scheduled.

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