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UNC Recruiting: OL Tyran Hunt puts North Carolina in his top 7

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina target Tyran Hunt is close to making a decision on his commitment after placing the Tar Heels in his top 7 earlier this month. He has admitted that August 20th is a big date for him, declaring that he will cut his list down to three, however, he could also make a final decision by then. The list he has now includes Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, NC State, Wake Forest, and Syracuse.

The three-star offensive lineman was always considered a defensive end, but when schools started recruiting him they made it clear that his place would be on offense. For this reason, different outlets have ranked him differently. He ranks 1103 in the national composite, but 247 Sports has him as the 55th-best strong-side defensive end overall, and 32nd-best in the state of Virginia. Scout, meanwhile, ranks him as the 94th-best offensive tackle and the second-best in Virginia.

Regardless of where he ends up playing, the six-foot-seven, 280-pound former basketball player believes he has what it takes. "That's what really helped me have an advantage over offensive lineman," Hunt said, "the footwork, speed and agility." Hunt will clearly standout on the field, whether it's on offense or defense.

When asked about the teams who have already made offers to him, Hunt spoke about the Tar Heels back in May:

"UNC has been recruiting for a while and that's a really big offer," said the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Hunt. "I've been in contact with (offensive line) coach (Chris) Kapilovic and he's the one who offered. He told me that they really like me and we're developing a good relationship.

"It's a school that's not too far away and they have a really good football program. It's also a very good school academically and I'm working on setting up a visit right now. I'm hoping to get down there sometime this month."

Since then, he has already cut Duke from consideration, despite mentioning they would be in the mix. For what it's worth, 247 Sports' crystal ball prediction has him committing to Virginia Tech at 100%. Still, he seems to want to stay close to home, but if he likes the UNC program it seems like a perfect fit.