Hunter Gets Offer, Visits UNC

North Carolina became the latest school to extend a scholarship offer to Josh Hunter. Two days later, Hunter was in Chapel Hill for a visit.

"It kind of surprised me because I didn't think they were going to offer," Hunter said. "When they finally did, I was happy about it."

Thursday night, Michael Palmieri, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek's head football coach, advised Hunter to call UNC assistant coach Tommy Thigpen. During his conversation with Thigpen, Hunter learned that a UNC offer was on the way. The official offer letter arrived in the mail Friday.

Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 172-pound cornerback, has also received offers from Colorado, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Marshall, Miami, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

The UNC offer immediately puts the Tar Heels in the mix for Hunter.

"They get thrown up in the top, that's all I'm going to say – nothing more than that," Hunter said.

In addition to UNC, Hunter is favoring South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

"Virginia Tech, I know they always have a powerhouse defense. It would be nice to be a part of that.

"West Virginia, I know I can get some playing time there. I was talking to Coach [Lonnie] Galloway about it.

"South Carolina, they play in the SEC; that's going to be great competition for me. You can't get any better than that.

"And then you have Chapel Hill. I know I'm going to go down there and get some playing time down there, also, because I know they're running real low on corners."

Hunter says he doesn't have a leader, but that he's aiming to make a verbal commitment before the halfway point of his senior football season.

"The decision is probably going to come real soon, to tell you the truth," Hunter said.

Between now and his decision day, Hunter is looking to make his first visits to South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

Over the weekend, Hunter unofficially visited UNC with his mother and cousin, UNC linebacker target Hawatha Bell.

"It was wonderful to tell you the truth," Hunter said. "We did everything from walking around the school to telling me some of the history of who played there. It was great. They told me how they're building new stuff to the stadium."

Hunter spent a great deal of time with UNC assistant coaches John Blake and Everett Withers.

"They were telling me about what was going on with the school," Hunter said. "They were telling me that I belong there and it's really a nice school."

Several of the schools recruiting Hunter are also recruiting Bell.

"We'll probably end up going to the same place – more than likely," Hunter said. "[I say that] just because you don't want to be alone."

Hunter ended his junior season with five interceptions and nine pass breakups. At the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Matthews, N.C. he grabbed attention with his 4.56-second 40-yard dash run.

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