James Hurst, a 6-foot-5, 271-pound offensive tackle at Plainfield, Ind., has committed to the University of North Carolina.
Hurst is rated by scout.com as a five-star player, its highest rating. Scout.com has Hurst listed as its No. 3 offensive tackle prospect in the country.
"He is the total package," said Plainfield assistant coach Brent Schwanekamp. "He is in the top 20 academically in his class, he has a tremendous work ethic and he is a great athlete."
Hurst was a national recruit and turned down the likes of Alabama, Michigan, Florida, Ohio State, Penn State and Georgia to pick the Tar Heels.
"He is the type of athlete that you could teach him an entirely new sport and in a very short time he'd be pretty good at it," Schwanekamp said. "He is very goal oriented. He set a goal of being a Division I player and he achieved it."
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