Near the end of the recruiting process last year, the North Carolina Tar Heels were resting easy with a commitment from AJ Davis, one of the top players in North Carolina. However, NC State came along and got his commitment on Signing Day. Are things shaping up for a similar chain of events with another star in-state player?
"I'm still verbally committed to Carolina," said Terry Hunter, one of the top defensive ends in the Atlantic area. "But things aren't over yet. NC State is making a really strong push for me and I'm going to have to really consider them. Tennessee isn't out of it yet either, but UNC and NC State are ahead of them right now."
Hunter verbally committed to North Carolina in June and things appeared to be set in stone. But rumors and reports have floated around the past month, and Hunter appears to be confirming many of them.
"Coach Pate has been recruiting me at NC State and they're after me pretty hard. They're a very impressive program right now. I think it's a school that could compete for a national championship in a couple of years, which is something I have to consider as a player from this state.
"I found out DeMarcus (Tyler) committed to NC State today and Mario (Williams) committed there a while ago. We got to know each other real well at the Shrine Bowl and things really clicked. We talked about playing at the same school on the same defensive line and winning a championship somewhere. It's going to help NC State with those guys going there."
Did Hunter get a chance to watch NC State in the Gator Bowl, and did it impact him?
"Yeah, the Gator Bowl was very impressive. They played hard for 60 minutes and were determined not to let Notre Dame into the endzone. It says a lot when guys play that hard from start to finish against a program like Notre Dame."
So does Hunter think he would fit in better at UNC or NC State?
"That's a really hard question," he laughed. "Both places give me the chance to play pretty early on, both are close to home and they both have great facilities. So I think I'm going to say right now that either school would be a good fit."
Hunter takes his official visit to UNC this weekend (Jan. 10) and has Tennessee (Jan. 17) and NC State (Jan. 24) also on his schedule.