Hunter 'Pretty Much Set' on UNC

After several weeks of uncertainty, Josh Hunter clarified the status of his verbal commitment to North Carolina.

The 6-foot-1, 172-pound defensive back from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek verbally committed to Tommy Thigpen, his UNC primary recruiter, on Oct. 8. However, shortly thereafter reports surfaced that he was softening his commitment.

"I'm committed all day ... I guess I've just really now finalized it," Hunter said. "I guess you could say it was a soft verbal last time, but I'm pretty much set."

Hunter says there wasn't a particular event or conversation that firmed up his commitment to UNC.

"Just the fact that I know that I want to go [to UNC]," Hunter said. "That's going to be my school."

During the time of uncertainty, Hunter officially visited Colorado.

"It was real nice," Hunter said. "I went down there that Saturday morning and came back the next Monday morning. I just had a ball down there."

Regardless, Hunter says he's no longer considering Colorado.

However, Hunter, who also took an official visit to West Virginia earlier in the process, says he still could visit other schools.

"I know Florida and Michigan wanted me to come up there," Hunter said. "… Both of them said [we'll schedule official visits in] December when everything settles down."

This past weekend, Hunter visited UNC unofficially where he was able to watch the Tar Heels rout ACC rival Boston College, 45-24.

"I was very impressed," Hunter said. "I liked the way everything went down with that game."

In particular, Hunter was impressed by the play of the defensive backs, which contributed three interceptions that either scored or set-up touchdowns.

"Before when I came down, I spent a lot of time with [Kendric] Burney," Hunter said. "And he was telling me a few things about [the defense]. So it was nice to see it all come together and to see him do his thing."

Hunter could end up playing any position in the secondary, but UNC currently projects him at cornerback.

For Mallard Creek, Hunter serves as a lockdown cornerback. Thus far this season, he has intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns. He has also collected roughly 20 tackles.

Earlier this week, Hunter and his Mallard Creek teammates received some bad news. After marching out to a 10-0 record, it was discovered that an ineligible player was used for the first nine games. The discovery has forced Mallard Creek to forfeit nine victories.

"It's depressing, but there's a chance we might get [some wins] back, because it's not really something the school did," Hunter said.

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