Thus far, Kearney, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound defensive tackle, has received a Grambling scholarship offer and is also receiving strong interest from Appalachian State and NC State.
Kearney arrived at Hargrave after failing to qualify out of Durham (N.C.) Northern High. He expects to spend a semester at Hargrave as he works on his SAT score.
"It's looking good right now," Kearny said regarding his academic situation. "I felt good taking the SAT last Saturday. I felt like I improved [my score] a lot. I'm just waiting for the scores to come out."
Kearney lists North Carolina as his leader.
"Carolina is looking real good right now," Kearney said. "I'm liking the program, I'm liking the facilities, and I loved playing against them today."
And if/when UNC offers a scholarship…
"I believe I would commit – almost immediately," Kearney said.
Earlier in the season, Kearny unofficially visited UNC for the East Carolina game.
"Everything was great," Kearney said. "The fans were looking good, the way they were playing, the coaching – everything was just awesome."
Kearney plans to return to Chapel Hill on Nov. 14 for the UNC-Miami game.
He has already started to discuss official visit dates with Appalachian State and Grambling.