UNC Way Out in Front for Kent

North Carolina appears to be on track to receive a commitment from Prince Kent in the near future.

"Right now, there's a list [of schools] and UNC is on top," said Mike Walker, Kent's uncle. "And there's a 90-percent chance that it's going to be UNC [that Kent commits to]."

Kent, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete, is currently prepping at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy after failing to qualify out of Norcross (Ga.) High. Walker handles Kent's recruitment he focuses on his academics and football season.

Before making an actual verbal commitment, Kent, who has never visited Chapel Hill, would like to take an official visit to UNC. However, the visit appears to be just a formality.

"[Prince] should be pretty much signed and sealed [to go to UNC after visiting]," Walker said.

Kent and company have yet to discuss dates for an official visit with the UNC coaching staff. When considering dates, they will have to work around Hargrave's football schedule, which includes several weekend games.

Kent is eying the weekend of Nov. 14, which is the first weekend after Hargrave's season concludes. Ironically, UNC hosts Miami, the school Kent signed a Letter of Intent with last February.

"Prince definitely wanted to make that game," Walker said. "He wanted to be there rain or shine, so hopefully his schedule permits that…

"Of course he wants to watch Miami and have a chance to see how well they're doing, because he was supposed to be a part of that. But it didn't work out that way and life goes on."

Since UNC began recruiting him shortly after arriving at Hargrave, Kent and his uncle have had a high interest in the Tar Heels because of their admiration for Butch Davis.

"UNC is a great school and everything, but we're very impressed with what Butch Davis has done throughout his career," Walker said. "You know the way he goes out and recruits, the way he has shown that he can build programs, how he's been a part of championship programs back to the Jimmy Johnson days at Miami and Dallas and then back to Miami. Coach Davis has demonstrated that he knows what he's doing. He knows how to mold men and get them to the next level and he knows how to build programs."

Kent's feelings towards UNC escalated to its current height when UNC quickly emerged as the school recruiting him the hardest.

"We're interested in people that are interested in Prince," Walker said. "North Carolina has shown from day one that they want this kid."

Walker has spoken to someone from UNC on three occasions. Most recently, he had an hour-long phone conversation with Davis on Tuesday.

"We had a very productive conversation and I felt very good about it," Walker said. "… He reassured me that we would be making the right decision as far as Prince is concerned [if he were to come to UNC].

"He makes no guarantees and I appreciate that more than anything, because you speak to schools and everybody tells you he's going to play and he's going to do this. He has assured me that they're going to give Prince an opportunity to compete and it's up to him on how far he goes."

Kent is on track to become fully qualified in December. He starts at cornerback, the position UNC is recruiting him as, for Hargrave's post-graduate team, which is 3-1. Kent played cornerback in the 2009 Under Armour All-American Game.

In addition to academics and athletics, Hargrave has helped Kent as a person.

"It's just been a blessing what Hargrave has done with him on a personal level," Walker said. "…It's a night and day difference between Prince before he left [for Hargrave] and now. He's much more mature and this experience has been a blessing in disguise."

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