Hursey Returns from the Hill

Don Hursey, a 5-foot-10, 176-pound cornerback from Washington (D.C.) Woodson, made his first visit to North Carolina on Thursday.

"It was real good – it was a nice trip," Hursey said. "I took a tour of the athletic department, I took a tour of the campus, I took a tour of the academic area, hung out with a few players, talked to a few coaches – it was a good trip overall."

Hursey planned the trip shortly after UNC offered him a scholarship in mid-April. UNC was his only offer, until Vanderbilt offered him a week ago.

The visit solidified UNC's spot on Hursey's favorites list, which also includes Maryland, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

"I always had high hopes on UNC," Hursey said. "Basically, [the visit] just confirms my thoughts about UNC, because I've always had good feelings about them. It makes me be sure about them."

Hursey, who says he doesn't have a leader, is looking to make a verbal commitment in early July. "Basically, I'm just going to test out the waters and go to a few camps and see how I do and if I can get a few more offers," Hursey said. "Basically, I'm going to sit down, look over all my offers. I've been to most of the schools that I like, so I'm going to see how things look and make my decision."

Hursey is scheduled to camp at Maryland, UNC, Penn State, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

While in Chapel Hill, Hursey spent a great deal of time with John Blake, Hursey's primary recruiter.

"Coach Blake was just really excited to see me, because he recruits my area," Hursey said. "He's heard a lot about me from Coach Berry. And he was just telling me about how he wants me to have a good camp, they expect a lot out of me, and I seem like a great corner."

Hursey also received an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

"Coach Withers was real excited to see me also," Hursey said. "He was just basically saying that I fit what they're looking for in a cornerback He said they recruit players with NFL size and they think that can make it to the next level; obviously I'm one of those people since they're recruiting me. He said I remind him of Sam Madison that he coached. He said he wants to see more of me."

Marcus Berry, UNC's Director of Player Personnel, served as Hursey's tour guide when exploring the campus.

"The area was lovely," Hursey said. "It was a real nice area. I loved the college atmosphere."

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