'Q' eager to play, win at Carolina

Quinton Person says you can call him "Q" or "Quint." Now you can call him a Tar Heel – officially.

Person, a standout athlete from Bethel (N.C.) North Pitt, says it's good to be a Tar Heel.

"I felt confident about the decision. I wasn't so sure before I visited UNC. I thought about playing offense but they told me I can return kicks. I got to meet some of the guys and I saw they were there for the same reason that I wanted to be. We all want to get there and win some games, and that made my decision a lot easier."

For Person, it's more than playing football that drew him to Chapel Hill.

"I know if football doesn't work out that I am getting a good education. It's one of the best you can get in the nation and it's close to home. I can get back and forth fairly easy. Person's home is about two hours east of Chapel Hill.

"They are trying to get better and it will be a challenge to play there because it's a place where the athletes are on a higher pedestal. Playing there will only make me a better athlete and a better person."

Some might think being from ECU country would be hard on a UNC recruit, but Person says that hasn't been the case.

"People have congratulated me around here. It hasn't been you know he is going to UNC; he should have gone to ECU. It hasn't been a problem. Most people felt I made a good decision even if they are ECU fans."

Person hasn't spoken to UNC coach John Bunting, but plans to do so this evening.

Listed as one of the top 25 players in North Carolina, Person played his first three seasons at running back, but took over the quarterback position as a senior. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his last two seasons and scored 15 touchdowns as a senior.

He racked up 83 tackles and broke up 22 passes at cornerback as a junior. On the hardwood, Person earned MVP honors for his team as the Panthers lost in the 2-A state finals.

"It's going pretty good. Before conference play started, I wasn't doing that well. But, now I am up to around 12 points a game and around 7 assists."

North Pitt is 7-0 in conference play.

"We have a big game on Friday. I am looking forward to seeing if we can make a run for the state title like we did last year. I am going to hit the weights hard after the season. I'm looking forward to seeing if we can make another run at the 2-A state championship in basketball again this season."

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