Kent On Track for UNC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- With Hargrave Military Academy playing at North Carolina on Tuesday, Prince Kent got to spend the day in Chapel Hill.

"Right now, I'm just settling in," Kent said Tuesday while standing in the middle of Kenan Stadium. "I'm looking at the place – seeing how beautiful it is."

Kent, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back, has visited UNC previously for basketball purposes. But Tuesday marked his first opportunity to see the football side of the school.

"It's beautiful," Kent said. "There's nothing like it. The weight room was great, I like the locker room – everything was just beautiful and in a great atmosphere to be around."

A strained hip flexor prevented Kent from playing in Kenan Stadium against UNC's JV squad.

"I would've loved to play," Kent said. "I was so anxious, because walking through [the football building] some of the players that were going to be playing were talking trash, so it got me hyped and ready to go."

Kent will return to UNC during the weekend of Nov. 14 for his official visit. If everything checks out, he plans to verbally commit before ending his official stay.

"I've always known about Butch Davis," Kent said. "I grew up in Florida and Miami was the thing. Knowing the things that Coach Davis did [there], he's a great coach. I actually got a chance to meet him a couple of times before and he seemed like a cool guy. I'll be in good hands with him.

"Also, the facilities are great. Bottom line, coming here it's about getting your education – that's the bottom line."

During his official visit, UNC will play Miami, the school Kent signed with in February and grew up rooting for. Regardless, he says he'll be cheering on the Tar Heels.

"I don't have anything against Miami," Kent said. "Miami has a great team and great coaches. But [UNC] is where I'm at and this is going to be my new home."

Kent has been in regular contact with the UNC coaches.

"It's just regular talk – how I'm doing, how my grades are, how's the family," Kent said.

Kent, who lines up at both safety and cornerback for Hargrave, is unsure how UNC plans on using him.

"I'm very versatile so I'm willing to play wherever they put me at," Kent said. "I'm not here to be selfish. I'm out here to get the opportunity to play and try to get on the field whenever I can."

Kent says he's on track to be academically qualified in December – just in time to enroll in January.

"We just took the SAT this past Saturday," Kent said. "I felt so confident about the SAT, because I never practiced much before. And I'm taking other classes that are helping me to raise my GPA."

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