UNC Interested in Tenn. Sleeper

Quinton Alton hasn't played a down of football since pee-wee. Regardless, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound basketball standout is receiving growing interest for football.

"It's strange [that I'm getting looks for football]," Alton said. "I just try to go hard no matter what sport I'm playing."

Alton, who transferred into Memphis (Tenn.) Hillcrest a year ago, has received a verbal scholarship offer from Tennessee, as well as strong interest from Georgia, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, North Carolina, Southern Miss, and Vanderbilt. Most schools are recruiting him as a tight end, but he's also receiving looks for defensive end.

Many schools discovered Alton during the Evaluation Period. At the time, he was trying out for Hillcrest's football team during spring practice.

"I heard there's a better chance of me playing football [in college]," Alton said. "Because there's not a lot of people my height playing football, but in basketball there's a lot of people my height in college."

Not only did he make the team, but Alton is projected to start at tight end for Hillcrest this coming season. He is also on goal line defense.

"I'm hoping for the best," Alton said. "I know I've still got a lot to learn."

Based off his spring performance, Alton received numerous camp invites. With each camp performance, his stock has risen.

Thus far, Alton has camped at Mississippi and Tennessee, where the Volunteers coaching staff verbally offered him.

Going off word of mouth, UNC invited Alton to its camps in June. However, he was unable to obtain transportation for a Chapel Hill trip.

Alton's upcoming schedule includes Georgia's and Vanderbilt's camp.

"Georgia told me if I show off for them, I'll be offered on the spot," Alton said.

Alton has collected several basketball scholarship offers, including Mississippi and Southeast Missouri.

Alton began his prep career at Memphis (Tenn.) Fairley, where he started both his freshman and sophomore seasons at forward. During his first season at Hillcrest, he averaged 12 points and 14 rebounds per game.

In college, though, Alton desires to play one sport. The sport he plays will depend on his scholarship situation. He aims to know the sport, plus what school, by the end of his senior basketball season

Alton readily admits he's open to every interested school. But one school has begun to stick out.

"I like Georgia," Alton said. "I like the atmosphere and the area around the school"

Alton said he would like to learn more about UNC's football program before developing an opinion of the Tar Heels.

"At first I wanted to go to North Carolina for basketball," Alton said. "But football-wise, I don't know how they are."

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