Hursey Favoring Heels

North Carolina has been one of Don Hursey's favorite schools. So when the Tar Heels became the first to extend a scholarship offer to the 5-foot-10, 176-pound cornerback, UNC immediately shot to the top of his list.

"They have to definitely be one of my top schools, being my only offer and one of my top schools that I've always had interest in," Hursey said. "I have other schools I like, but [UNC] will always be right there at the top."

Before officially crowning UNC his leader – and considering a verbal commitment – Hursey wants to visit Chapel Hill. He and Sherrard Harrington, Hursey's cousin and teammate, plan to visit UNC on May 28.

Hursey has already visited Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

By the end of June, Hursey believes he'll be ready to make a verbal commitment.

"I'll be going to a lot of college camps in June," Hursey said. "I believe I should have a lot of offers. I don't want to make a decision too soon; [I want] to see if any other schools try to come in. I really like North Carolina; I just want to wait a little while so I can make the 100-percent right decision for me, because when I commit, I want it to be final."

Penn State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia are likely to be among Hursey's camping stops this summer.

Less than a month ago, Hursey was asked to contact Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel. Berry knew Hursey from his days coaching at Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly High.

"When I called Coach Berry, he just asked me what I think about North Carolina and how many offers do I have," Hursey said. "And I told him I love them and I don't have any offers. And he said ‘Well, you just got your first offer.' I was just really excited."

Hursey says he has spoken to Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach, on the phone a couple of times. John Blake, UNC's area recruiter, made an evaluation visit to Woodson High School last week.

Being the first to offer has given UNC an edge with Hursey.

"It gives them a big advantage because they were already one of my favorite schools that I could see myself at and then it was the first school to really believe in me," Hursey said. "They were just real about it and they offered me. I just respect them for that, because a lot of schools are holding back."

An additional advantage is the pipeline UNC is building into the D.C. area with players such as Marvin Austin, LeCount Fantroy, and Dion Guy. Although never a teammate of any of the aforementioned players, Hursey speaks to Guy when he works out at Woodson High during his school breaks.

"[Guy] is a really cool guy," Hursey said. "He likes it down there. He's supposed to be getting a lot of time on the field this year.

"It's good to know I have people who will look out for me down there."

Hursey has yet to play a down for Woodson. He played the first three years of his prep career at Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara.

"I transferred mainly because my cousin, Sherrard Harrington, is playing there and wanted to get me over to H.D. [Woodson] so we can win that championship," Hursey said. "Also, I never felt comfortable with the atmosphere at McNamara, being that it was a Catholic school.

"McNamara is a great place. Coach Bruce Bevill taught me a lot. But I just had to make the move."

As a junior, Hursey made 50 tackles with 4 interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

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