Furr Makes It Official

For Hunter Furr, who verbally committed nearly a year ago, signing with North Carolina was a long time coming.

"I got a little tired of talking about it – I was so ready to do it and get it over with and make it official," Furr said. "So it feels great to sign."

Ironically, Furr, who UNC assistant coach Steve Hagen has recruited since the end of Furr's sophomore season, headed into UNC's Junior Day last February unsure of the direction of his recruitment.

"Up until that day, I didn't know where I wanted to go," Furr said. "But after I walked off that campus, I told my parents I never wanted to go to any other place. And I haven't been on any other campus, even though I've been invited."

Without his own recruitment to be concerned with, Furr spent the proceeding months assisting in UNC's recruiting efforts. At the same time, he developed relationships with future teammates.

"It was great building a relationship with some of the other guys at the Shrine Bowl or just texting people or talking on Facebook – just trying to get them on board also [and] just trying to help build one of the nation's best classes," Furr said.

Furr, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound athlete from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, will arrive at UNC as a running back. However, as he discovered during a conversation with Butch Davis while on his official visit, he is expected to make an impact as a freshman on special teams.

"We were talking about how I actually might not red-shirt next year and fill in for Brooks Foster as gunner on the punt," Furr said. "They liked how in the Shrine Bowl when I was out there at fullback or in the slot, I was blocking well. And they liked how physical [I played]. And they think I might be able to run down kickoffs next year next to Ryan [Taylor]."

Furr, who says he's academically qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale, plans to enroll at UNC in the second summer semester.

In the meantime, Furr will be running track. He currently runs indoor track for Mount Tabor and will participate in spring track in a month.

"I'll run outdoors for [Mount] Tabor and then I'll continue on to the invitational [meets]," Furr said. "I'll probably go out west, there's a big meet in California. And then hopefully I'll be able to run the Nike Nationals again."

In spring track, Furr runs the 100- and 200-meter, with personal bests of 10.42 and 21.21 seconds, respectfully.

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