UNC on Top for Kent

CHATHAM, Va. --- North Carolina, which recently offered a scholarship, is currently Prince Kent's "top school."

"I love Butch Davis," said Kent's uncle, Michael Walker. "I love what he did with the Miami program – he rebuilt that program and when he left they won the national championship and went to another one. Butch Davis is top notch. His recruiting of players, his development of players, is top notch.

"You always want to be with a coaching staff that you're comfortable with that's going to develop your kid and be able to help get him to the next level as a young man and as an athlete."

Kent, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback, signed with Miami last February out of Norcross (Ga.) High. When he failed to qualify, he enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy, without help from Miami's coaching staff. He also decided to reopen his recruitment.

"You have to step back and take a look," Walker said. "Just because Miami was a good fit last year, doesn't mean it's a good fit this year. So you step back and it's a new year so you reevaluate your situation this year."

Walker will be handling the majority of Kent's recruitment as Kent focuses on Hargrave's football season and becoming academically qualified.

"Sometimes kids get overwhelmed with the media, they get overwhelmed with the coaches and they lose perspective of what's right in front of them," Walker said. "And I think that's what happened his senior year of high school."

One of Walker's first moves was obtaining John Blake's phone number from Ego Ferguson's father.

"I gave [Blake] a call and told him that we're interested in the program," Walker said. "He said that the interest was mutual. And the next day he had the offer."

Walker also reached out to Georgia Tech, who informed him they didn't have space at the moment.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, Walker plans to reach out to select group of schools.

"We pretty much know what schools we liked from last year," Walker said. "So I don't think there's a need to go through the whole shebang again. There are a handful of schools that I liked, coaching staffs I liked and it's just going to be short and sweet. No circle acts."

Walker and Kent will be focused on schools in the ACC and SEC. Some that stick out include Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and UNC.

Last year, all the aforementioned schools, as well as many others, had offered Kent a scholarship. Thus far, UNC is the only school to offer him this year.

Kent is on track to become academically qualified by December. Therefore, he'll be able to enroll at his chosen school in January.

Walker says Kent will make a verbal commitment by October.

"Who knows, even sooner than that, if the right offers come, the right situation [arises], or the right conversation," Walker said.

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