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Roy Williams has put in a lot of work on the recruitment of 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt, but there's more to be done.

North Carolina recruiting: Early leader emerging for 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt?

Cody Pace

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Where do the Tar Heels stand with 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt?

Aside from Armando Bacot, no 2019 prospect’s name has appeared more on The Dean’s List over the last couple of months than that of 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt.

The Rochester, Minn., prospect hosted coach Roy Williams for an in-home visit in early April and then saw heavy contingents from the Tar Heels during both spring evaluation periods.

With all that effort, North Carolina hopes it has something to show for its hard work with the nation’s No. 2 power forward and No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings. While the Tar Heels seem to be in the hunt, there may still be some work to do, according to Rivals’ Eric Bossi.

As Bossi wrote late last week, Hurt’s recruitment has mostly stayed close to the vest, but “speculation is that if there is an early leader, it may be Kansas.” It’s unsurprising that the Jayhawks are high on the list given the amount of recruiting effort they’ve put in.

Minnesota also figures to factor in at least some, given the state and family ties. Hurt’s brother, Michael, is a forward for the Golden Gophers and started 14 games last season.

While those schools look to be the favorites, Hurt told Rivals he doesn’t plan to make any cuts to his list until after the summer season. Once that happens, things should move quickly, however. Hurt told Bossi he plans to make a decision in the fall.

Tar Heels offer 3-star tackle

North Carolina is still looking for its first Class of 2019 offensive lineman and handed out another offer on Wednesday.

That offer went to 3-star Washington, D.C., tackle Walter Rouse.

Rouse, the No. 98 tackle in his class, is a commodity in the ACC. He has 20 offers, including Duke, Maryland, Virginia, Wake Forest and Boston College. Among Rouse’s most impressive assets is his intelligence, as evidenced by offers from Harvard, Penn, Princeton and Yale.

While still early in the process, Duke, Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest appear to be the favorites to land Rouse. Indiana, which offered Rouse a couple of weeks ago, is also in the mix and is expected to get a visit in June, according to 247Sports’ Matthew Weaver. Rouse has visited Virginia, Stanford, Wake Forest and Rutgers over the past couple of months.

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