Heels Prioritizing Hairston

P.J. Hairston is in the middle of just his second high school season, but North Carolina has recently stepped up its recruiting efforts with him.

Through 12 of Hairston's games this season, Roy Williams has been spotted at at least two of them.

"It's been great," Hairston said about North Carolina's involvement in his recruitment. "I like them a lot. Their recruitment has been great. All of their coaches are very nice. I've met all their players and all their players are real cool. William Graves went to Dudley, so I'm always talking to him after the games."

While Roy Williams and his staff have been frequent visitors at Dudley, Hairston's returned the favor with trips to Chapel Hill (N.C.). His most recent unofficial visit was for the Tar Heels game against Boston College.

"That was a tough game because they lost," he said. "I went to talk to Roy Williams and he wasn't doing too well about it. I just went to watch the game. The first time I visited I walked around the campus. I toured it and went on Franklin [Street]."

Roy Williams wasn't the only one that took the loss hard. Hairston said his mom didn't take the loss too well.

"She's a die hard Carolina fan," Hairston explained. "My mom was stressing about it all the way back home. She almost cried when they lost."

Hairston's mother isn't the only person in the family with a strong interest in Carolina. The four-star shooting guard said he's taken a liking to the Tar Heel program.

"There's mutual interest," Hairston said. "I really like them and they really like me. There's just a lot of interest between both of us. There's mutual interest. I'm pretty sure at the end of the year that Carolina will make an offer."

To go with increased efforts from North Carolina, Hairston mentioned Florida and Wake Forest as the "other two main schools."

Florida's head coach Billy Donovan has been in to see Hairston and the two talk regularly. The Gators are trying to get him on campus, and Hairston said he's planning a trip to Gainesville (Fla.) in February.

"Billy Donovan came in about two months ago," Hairston said. "I talk to him every time I talk to Coach [Shaka] Smart. Every time I talk to Coach Smart he'll put coach Donovan on the phone and we'll talk."

Like North Carolina and Florida, Wake Forest has made trips to Dudley to check in on Hairston. The Demon Deacons have had him on campus a few times as well.

"The first time I went down there was when I went to the Wake Forest Elite camp and then I went back up there for their Black and Gold scrimmage," Hairston said. "I'm supposed to go up there Sunday when they play Carolina."

"I call them and we talk," Hairston said of his relationship with the Wake Forest coaching staff. "They show a lot of interest. I like them and I know they like me."

Of the three schools heavily involved in his recruitment, Hairston claimed that North Carolina was recruiting him the hardest. When asked why, he responded, "They have a great friendship with my coaches. That's probably the main thing. They have a great friendship with my coaches, so I know I wouldn't have a problem with them."

Hairston, who is averaging 26 points and six rebounds a game, said the plan is for him to wait out his sophomore campaign and make a commitment prior to the start of his junior season.

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