North Carolina recruiting: Matthew Hurt will take next steps in fall
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5-star PF Matthew Hurt planning for fall visits, decision
North Carolina’s No. 1 target in the Class of 2019 has been 5-star power forward/center Armando Bacot.
Who rates at No. 2 is a little murkier, but 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt is certainly in the mix.
North Carolina has supplied a heavy presence at the Rochester, Minn., native’s games on the AAU circuit this spring when possible, and coach Roy Williams also visited him a few times during and after the high school season.
There hasn’t been much movement of late in Hurt’s recruitment, though that could change sooner rather than later. In a recent interview with 247Sports’ Steve Clark, Hurt indicated that he plans to use all five official visits and will take them in the fall.
Hurt indicated that he’s “thinking about trying to decide in the fall,” although he said he isn’t opposed to pushing his decision into the spring if necessary.
It would be a shocker at this point if North Carolina didn’t receive one of those five official visits. Kansas is in the same category. Minnesota, where Hurt’s older brother plays, should also be in the mix, but it’s possible he could just use an unofficial visit there, given the proximity. Kentucky, Louisville and Duke are also candidates to receive a visit, and Memphis has come on strong with the overhaul of its coaching staff, so the Tigers could be a dark horse.
In the meantime, North Carolina has maintained constant communication with Hurt. As he told Clark, the Tar Heels are one of the schools “still reaching out to me several times a week.”
Tar Heels offer 2020 RB, son of former NFL safety
North Carolina football has handed out a lot of offers since camp season started.
One of the more intriguing offers went out on Friday to unrated Class of 2020 running back Elijah Green.
— Elijah Green (@elijahgreen2121) June 8, 2018
Green’s only other offer is from South Carolina.
What’s interesting about Green is his pedigree. Green is the son of former NFL safety Victor Green.
The elder Green went to Akron and was an undrafted free agent signed by the Jets in 1993. Green turned himself into an everyday player and started every Jets regular-season game from 1996-2001. He recorded 25 career interceptions and 264 tackles.
Elijah, however, has made his name on the other side of the ball. In his first two seasons at Blessed Trinity High School (Roswell, Ga.), Green has carried the ball 248 times for 1,433 yards and 11 touchdowns. He broke out in his sophomore campaign, rushing for 1,317 yards and 10 touchdowns.
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