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UNC football recruiting: DE Christopher Hinton names North Carolina in top six

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Christopher Hinton, five-star defensive end, lists UNC in his top six.

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Five-star 2019 defensive end Christopher Hinton from Norcross, Georgia named his top six schools on Saturday, with the University of North Carolina among them. The Tar Heels sit alongside Georgia, Michigan, Stanford, Clemson, and Ohio State in Hinton’s top six.

Hinton is a six-foot-five, 265 pound rising junior out of Greater Atlanta Christian and is one of the top prospects in both the state of Georgia and the entire country. The defensive end is no stranger to the Hinton name being in the spotlight as his father Christopher Hinton, Sr. played at Northwestern University and then in the NFL.

In an article from February by Chad Simmons of Rivals, Hinton discussed the importance of his father being by his side during the recruiting process. "My father being a former NFL player helps a lot. He knows what it takes to be elite and he knows what to do to be where I want to be one day. He tells me how to take care of my body on and off the field to give me an edge. He really helps me a lot."

Hinton has committed to play in the Army All-American game among the nation’s top recruits and will Tar Heels fans the chance to watch one of the school’s top targets in the spotlight.

With Hinton being only a rising junior, there is only room for improvement and become one of the nation’s top players in the class of 2019. While the Georgia native primarily plays defensive end, he can also provide depth as a defensive tackle and an offensive tackle. As the Tar Heels sit atop the list for Hinton, look for Larry Fedora and the staff to push hard for the five-star recruit in efforts to fend off in-state competition Georgia and the reigning national champion, Clemson.