Morgantown (N.C.) Freedom defensive back Jordan Hemby has been hard to track down of late. However, the 5-foot-10, 176-pound prospect finally gave us an answer on whether he'll be attending North Carolina or North Carolina State.
"I followed my heart and went with North Carolina," Hemby said, before adding with a laugh. "My dad and the coaches have been talking the calls. I've only talked to maybe two people so far. I knew the phone would start ringing, and it has. I'm hard to reach these days."
Hemby made the call to UNC assistant coach Brad Lawing himself to tell him he was making a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels.
"I kidded him at first and said, 'I've got some bad news for you,'" Hemby said. "He was like, 'Oh, no.' Then I told him the truth and he said he would get me back. I had fun making that call."
Hemby said several reasons pushed the Tar Heels to the top of his list after a tight race with the in-state Wolfpack.
"The academics are great and the program really put together some nice wins this year and is on a great track," Hemby said. "I really like coach (John) Bunting and his staff."
Hemby visited North Carolina three times including his official visit compared to once at NC State.
"Coach Bunting just did a great job," Hemby's father Jas said. "He was first-class all the way and really had a great vision for where the program is going and how Jordan can be a part of it. We're excited he is going to be close by."
The younger Hemby said playing time early could be in his future.
"The coaches have talked about me playing a little as a freshman at cornerback and I like the sound of that," he said. "I'm going to come in and work hard to get that time."
The Freedom standout is a three-star player and is ranked the 55th best cornerback in the country by Rivals.com.