Hurst Schedules UNC Visit

Demontre Hurst and John Blake, his recruiting contact at North Carolina, have settled on an official visit date.

"I set it up for the 16th [of January]," Hurst said. "That was a weekend that just worked out for both of us."

Hurst, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback from Lancaster (Tex.), took an official trip to Arizona in November and is scheduled to officially visit Miami during the weekend of January 3. He also has an official visit scheduled with Michigan, but coaching staff changes have that trip's status up in the air.

"I had one set up for Michigan on the 9th [of January]. But their defensive coordinator [Scott Shafer] just resigned, so I'm holding off on them," Hurst said.

Although he's not sure if his schedule will permit taking all five allotted official visits, Hurst is also considering taking official trips to Oklahoma State and West Virginia.

"It would be hard to take four more visits," Hurst said. "The weekends are running short now."

While his official visits will play a major role in his collegiate decision, Hurst isn't sure when he'll actually make a verbal commitment.

"I'm thinking about going and taking all these visits, but at the same time if I feel comfortable at a school then I'm going to go ahead and [commit]," Hurst said. "But I want to take all my visits and weigh it out. I just might wait until Signing Day."

During his official visits, Hurst says he will focus on the academic program, social life, program stability, and the relationship between the players and coaches.

"I'm just looking for a fun place to be at," Hurst said. "If I wasn't to play football, could I still go to this school for four years to get my degree?"

Heading into the homestretch of his recruitment, Hurst has a slight favorite.

"I'm leaning towards – I don't have a favorites, favorite – probably Miami a little bit, just the fact that they're a pretty good school," Hurst said. "North Carolina, they're right behind them. I'm leaning towards those schools, mostly."

Miami is the newest school to show interest in Hurst.

"I talked to Coach [Wesley] McGriff during the spring a little bit, but we lost touch," Hurst said. "He got up with me during my playoff season and said they're looking at me, they're still interested in me."

Hurst says he has built – and continues to build –a great relationship with Blake, who has been recruiting him since the start of his senior season.

"I can say we almost talk everyday – just to talk, just to check up on me," Hurst said. "We talk about different stuff – how much they love me, how much they can't wait to get me up there. We just talk about football stuff, who he knows, and how I feel about them – just trying to build that relationship."

Blake has also given him the lowdown at the cornerback position.

"He said they're in desperate need of corners; they haven't signed one in two years," Hurst said. "He said I have a great opportunity to come up there and play and start. It's going to be up to me really."

Following his senior season, Hurst was named to the 4A All-State team as an honorable mention. He ended the season with 75 tackles and five interceptions. He returned one interception, two kickoffs, and blocked kick for scores.

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