Signee Update: Hunter Furr

North Carolina signee Hunter Furr has his sights set on ending his senior outdoor track season with a bang.

"I'm looking to win double state titles in the 100- and 200-[meter dash]," Furr said. "I think that would be a great way to cap off my career."

Furr, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, will run in the regional track meet Saturday, held at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem. The top four times in each event qualify for the NCHSAA 4A State Championship Meet.

"I think my teammate [Kaleb Johnson] and I should get one and two in the regionals in 100 and 200," Furr said. "As long as I don't false start, then I'll be in [the NCHSAA 4A State Championship Meet]."

The NCHSAA 4A Championship Meet will be held during the weekend of May 23, at North Carolina A&T University.

A year ago at the Championship Meet, Furr ran a 10.58-second time in the 100-meter preliminaries, which was good enough for a second place finish behind current NC State receiver T.J. Graham. However, Furr false started in the 100-meter finals. In the 200-meter dash, he clocked a 21.38-second time in the preliminaries and a 21.21-second time in the finals, which was second, again, to Graham.

Furr's personal best in the 200 remains at 21.21 seconds, while his best 100 time has improved to 10.43 seconds

During the winter season, Furr ran the 60- and 200-meter dash for Mount Tabor's indoor track squad. He was named an All-American in the 60-meter with a personal best time of 6.90 seconds. In the 200, 22.0 seconds was his best time.

Although his track season monopolizes much of his life, Furr has still found time to follow the workout regimen Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, assigned him. Every morning Furr wakes up earlier to follow the workout.

"I've actually become small on the waistline, but gained muscle mass," Furr said. "I look skinnier now, but I've actually gained weight. I'm up to 213-214 [pounds] right now."

Since signing in February, Furr's communication with UNC has almost exclusively been with Kenny Browning, UNC's running back coach. Furr says they speak every other week.

"He just calls to check up on me to see how everything is going," Furr said. "And then he talks to me about how [fellow signee] Curtis Campbell is doing in track."

Furr has also had a conversation with Allen Mogridge, who is now recruiting the Winston-Salem area for UNC.

"He tells me things from a player's prospective and tells me how everything went for him," Furr said. "He said when [the freshmen] come in, we're going to be there two or three weeks by ourselves and that's when we're going to get real close with the guys in our class."

Furr hasn't discussed his jersey number with either coach, but would like to sport No. 1, which is the number he wore during his freshman and sophomore seasons while playing for Forsyth Country Day School.

"[Wearing No. 1] would be a pretty cool thing," Furr said. "But I'm going to give the same effort no matter what jersey they put me in… But it would be pretty cool to be a tailback at North Carolina and wear No. 1"

Furr says he is arriving at UNC as a tailback and that there have been no discussions regarding a move to fullback.

"If the option is there to move to fullback – catch passes out in the flats like [Anthony] Elzy does – then I'm down with that," Furr said. "Whatever to help the team I'm down with doing."

As a freshman, Furr is expected to contribute the most as a special teamer. He will compete immediately at gunner and returner, as well as somewhere on the kickoff unit.

"They said about nine or ten of us [incoming freshman] will get on special teams," Furr said.

In an effort to improve his chances of earning playing time on special teams, Furr has decided to room with Shane Mularkey instead of David Collins, who he grew close to during the recruiting process.

"[UNC senior tight end and special teams star] Ryan Taylor actually suggested that Shane and I room together, because Ryan wants to act as mine and Shane's mentor," Furr said. "We're going to come in and try to compete for special teams just like Ryan did as a true freshman."

Furr, who is already academically qualified, graduates from Mount Tabor High on June 13 and moves onto campus the very next day.

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