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Part I (13:17)
Part II (12:57)
On recruiting so well in-state -
Well our goal was to recruit and start with North Carolina players. There's good players in this state, and I think the players in this state are as good as they are hopefully in other states. We've been fortunate they've turned out to be good players and good students.
Was there a time when you reached a major breakthrough?
It's a little different story over here recruiting. I got to know a lot of the (state's high school) coaches at Wesleyan. You had to throw out a bigger net and start with a bigger pool of players. It's easy to know who the best players are. But was there a breakthrough? I relied on (assistant coaches) heavily when I first got here. Chad [Holbrook] is as good a recruiter as there is. He loves this university, he knows it and he's passionate about recruiting. If you don't have an assistant coach who will drive anywhere and work… You have to work at recruiting; it's the hardest thing we do. Then you have to be lucky. We got Daniel Bard, and we though he was going to Wake Forest. It's as easy as some people would like to think it is.
On the possibility of having three recruits go in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday -
Don't be surprised. Don't be surprised.
So you feel you still have a chance to get them?
No, (laughing), I just said, ‘Don't be surprised.' You can't compete with money, but we'll just see. We'll be as surprised as probably anybody watching. Once we sign a kid, we sort of get out of the loop. I don't know what's going to happen. I know they want an education, and I think it will just depend on whether somebody is willing to give them what they're asking for. And according to what they're telling us, they're not coming off what they're asking for.
On what position Horton will play at the next level -
I think people see him as an offensive second baseman, and I think Josh can play second base. He can play at third. He's a good athlete.
On his team being eliminated three times from the NCAA postseason by South Carolina -
I don't think about it too much. That was a couple of years ago. They had a run there, and we had to go there three times. We just couldn't get it done. We had some close games, and they're hard to beat at home. I try not to think too much about the past. When you start thinking about trying to get revenge… I don't think it doesn't work that way. I think of it as this is 2007 and it's a whole new thing. I hope our team's better, our program is better and we're more confident. I hope playing at home helps, too.
Did you consider other schools before deciding to attend UNC?
I did. I think you have to consider other schools in the whole recruiting process. But it's cool having so many guys from the area. We've got several guys that played on the same high school team. It's probably just a credit to the baseball in North Carolina, and it's nice to have all the guys together. We got some oddballs from New Jersey and Connecticut, so we have to give them a hard time.
Where else did you consider?
It really just came down to here and NC State. I definitely didn't want to get too far from home, so that was a good decision for me
On the prospect of getting paid to play the game he loves -
It kind of seems surreal. But I still want to just take it one day at a time, and give all I can to this team, and to South Carolina this weekend. I'm just trying to be even keeled about it, and hope for the best.
Do you have any idea of what round you'll be drafted?
No, everybody talks, but you really don't have a clue until your name pops up. I'm just looking forward to being able to sit down with my family and see what happens.
What are you going to buy?
Absolutely nothing. I'm probably just going to turn that over to Dad and let him take care of it. I don't think I'll be needing anything. I've got everything I need right here.
What concerns you most about your opponent this weekend?
I wouldn't say anything concerns me. We just have to take care of our business and everything will be alright. I know they hit for a lot of power, so I'm looking forward to seeing our guys pitch against them.
On his decision to attend UNC -
My older brother went here. He took me out to a couple of games and basketball games, and I just fell in love with it.
What does it mean to be from the state, play for North Carolina and have success -
It's really special playing here. My family is so close.
Does having so many players from the same state help chemistry?
We've all played against each other and knew how good each other was. We've kind of made friends that way.
Do you know a lot about South Carolina? What's their pitching like?
Two of their pitchers actually played close to me. I don't know them personally, but I played against them – one played at Garner and one played at Fuquay.
How did you do against them? Did you knock them out of the park?
Actually I didn't. They kind of struck me out and I struggled against them. I was kind of young. They were two years older than me.