Hurst, a 6-foot-4, 243-pound tight end from Plainfield (Ind.), was granted his release from Mississippi State roughly two months ago.
After his younger brother, James, verbally committed to UNC, Hurst began to strongly consider UNC as a transfer option. Hurst, who had never previously visited UNC, took his lone official visit this past weekend to Chapel Hill with his parents and James in tow.
Hurst said he will likely wait until the fall semester to enroll at UNC. He will sit out this coming season, per NCAA transfer rules, but will then have three years of eligibility remaining.
Coming out of Plainfield High School, Hurst was a three-star prospect, as ranked by Scout.com. 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.