Hill High on UNC

Alfy Hill made a surprise visit to North Carolina Wednesday and Thursday to get a couple questions answered about the Tar Heel program.

"I wanted to learn a little bit more of how they tutor the [players] and stuff like that," Hill said. "I also wanted to spend some time with the [current] players. The coaches will tell you anything – and I believe them – but I wanted to get it from the players' point-of-view and ask the players what's going on."

Hill, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end from Shallotte (N.C.) West Brunswick, says the rumors suggesting that he verbally committed to UNC are false. However, the visit did strengthen his feelings for the Tar Heels.

"Carolina, man. I love them, man," Hill said. "Call it what you want – Carolina, I love it. It's a great place to be.

"I love Carolina and I love the coaches over there – Coach [John] Blake and Coach [Sam] Pittman."

Hill plans to make a verbal commitment on July 20.

"I want to go ahead and make my commitment so I can get this out of the way and focus on my senior season," Hill said.

Just before his decision date, Hill is scheduled to visit Alabama. He doesn't plan to visit any other schools.

When asked if it's down to Alabama and UNC, Hill paused and said "I don't know right now."

During his UNC stay, Hill received a tour of the campus with an emphasis on the football facilities. He received an in-depth breakdown of renovations to Kenan Stadium and the football building.

"It takes a lot of money to build that stuff," Hill said. "It's like ‘Wow, [UNC] has so much money they can do this and that.' It's impressive to see all the improvements planned."

Much of Hill's time was spent with Sam Pittman, his primary recruiter, and John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

Before Hill left Thursday afternoon, he conversed with Blake in his office for approximately an hour.

"He talked about Jesus and getting your life right," Hill said. "He said he can help me off the field and not only on the field – that's what I'm looking for: people that can help me on and off the field.

"He talked about how he doesn't red-shirt freshmen and how he gives them playing time."

On Wednesday evening, Hill hung out with junior safety Deunta Williams, sophomore linebacker Linwan Euwell, and junior defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

"We just talked about school and life outside of football," Hill said.

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