Alton Jumps at UNC Offer

Despite the lack of a campus visit, Quinton Alton plans to sign with North Carolina on National Signing Day.

"Since they day he started talking with those guys, he's been in love with the university," Memphis (Tenn.) Hillcrest head football coach William Johnson said. "You know how kids are – that is where he wants to be. He has a lot of loyalty to those guys and he's excited about being a part of [UNC]."

Alton, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound jumbo athlete, was scheduled to officially visit UNC over the weekend. However, inclement weather canceled his flight and ultimately forced him to postpone the trip.

Saturday, in a phone conversation with Butch Davis, Alton was extended a UNC scholarship offer. Alton quickly accepted.

The official trip to UNC has been rescheduled for one of the next couple of weekends in February.

UNC is recruiting Alton as a defensive end.

"Every coach has a kid on their team, at some point or another, that you feel like is your dream son – if you don't have one of your own," Johnson said. "[Alton] embodies all the positive qualities that you look for. You want your son to be a great student, which he is. You'd like for him to be a devout Christian, which he is. Also you'd like for him to be a good athlete; not only is he a good athlete, he's 6-6, 260 [pounds]. A high school kid like that is rare – that's all I can say."

Before this fall, Alton hadn't played a down of football since pee-wee. He spent most of his prep career focused on basketball until deciding to tryout for the football team this past spring.

Alton started at both defensive end and tight end for Hillcrest this past season. On the year, he recorded 21 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles on defense, and made five catches for 65 yards on offense.

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