MSU Transfer Visiting UNC

Nelson Hurst, a Mississippi State transfer and brother of North Carolina's first 2010 verbal commitment, will officially visit North Carolina the weekend of June 6.

Hurst, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound tight end from Plainfield (Ind.), is permitted by his release to transfer to any school that is not a future opponent of Mississippi State and is outside of the SEC.

"The only [school] we really know for sure that we're going to is UNC," Hurst said.

Hurst says that if his brother James hadn't verbally committed to UNC, he would still have been interested in becoming a Tar Heel.

"I went to Mississippi State where they ran a West Coast Offense," Hurst said. "And Dan Mullen came in from Florida with a totally different scheme – it's a spread offense. It's not an offense that best fits me or that I'm most comfortable with.

"… North Carolina runs a pro-style offense and uses the tight end how I'm used to. Richard Quinn, he only caught nine passes the whole year last year, but he got drafted in the second round."

Hurst's younger brother's recruitment did, however, force him to take notice of UNC.

"My brother visited down there early in the spring," Hurst said. "To be honest, we grew up an SEC family and so he didn't really expect [his visit to UNC] to blow him away, because we've been to Alabama and that's amazing.

"But when he went [to UNC] he loved it. My mom loved it. And then my dad went there on his own and he loved it and the coaches, too. And, you know, family is family. After that, that's when [my interest in UNC] started to get serious."

However, having his younger brother verbally committed is a huge bonus for Hurst.

"It's a place I would be interested in with or without my brother," Hurst said. "I know the public eye probably just views it as James and I wanting to play at the same school. To a point that's true, because we really enjoy playing with each other.

"But at the same time, [UNC is] a place that fits me. I just have to visit the school and see what my family fell in love with. But from everything that I've heard, I think I'm going to like it."

Sometime shortly after returning from his UNC visit, Hurst plans to announce where he'll play this fall.

While nothing will be made official until after Hurst visits UNC and meets with Butch Davis, all indications point to another Hurst becoming a Tar Heel.

Wherever he ends up, Hurst will sit out this coming season, per NCAA transfer rules. He will thus have three years of eligibility remaining.

Coming out of Plainfield High School, Hurst was a three-star prospect, as ranked by He signed with Mississippi State over scholarship offers from UCLA, Illinois and Purdue. After enrolling for the spring 2008 semester, Hurst started ten games and appeared in all 12 as a true freshman, recording two receptions.

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