2007 Class Revisited: Part II

Many claim a recruiting class can't truly be evaluated until college careers are completed. With that in mind, Inside Carolina is beginning an annual tradition of analyzing Signing Day hauls five years later. This week, we review the Class of 2007 ...

LINWAN EUWELL
Position: Defensive End
School: Pinetops (N.C.) Southwest Edgecombe
Scout.com Rating: 3 stars (No. 68 DE)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
In May of his junior year, Euwell verbally committed to NC State. However, he continued to visit other schools, including UNC. When both rivals underwent coaching changes, Euwell was undecided on his collegiate destination. After an ultimatum by NC State, he selected UNC.

UNC Career
Euwell suffered a major left knee injury in practice in 2007 and red-shirted that season. In 2008, he played in five games on special teams recording a tackle on a kickoff on his first career play. As a sophomore, he played in four games primarily on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. During the spring of 2010, he was moved from linebacker to defensive end and played in six games, recording five tackles the subsequent season. He left UNC following the 2010 season with one year of eligibility remaining.


LECOUNT FANTROY
Position: Cornerback
School: New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR CB)
UNC Career Rating: 2.5

Recruitment
Fantroy verbally committed to UNC in June '05 and was part of John Bunting's final recruiting class. However, he failed to qualify out of Washington (D.C.) Ballou High School and thus prepped a semester at Milford Academy.

UNC Career
Fantroy enrolled at UNC in the spring of 2007 and red-shirted the following season. In his freshman year, he played in eight games, primarily on special teams and as a reserve cornerback, recovering a fumble near the end of the first half of the game against Notre Dame. He continued his same role in 2009 – special teamer, including gunner on punt coverage, and reserve cornerback – and recorded his first career tackle. Fantroy saw his most action in 2010, starting in eight games and playing in all but one. He ended that season with 29 tackles and a pass breakup.


CARL GASKINS
Position: Offensive Line
School: Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR OT)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
Less than a week before Signing Day, UNC offered Gaskins a scholarship. That, combined with an in-home visit with Tar Heel assistant coach Sam Pittman, made Gaskins to alter his travel plans for the proceeding weekend – he canceled an official trip to Illinois and scheduled one with UNC. Before concluding his UNC official visit, he verbally committed to Butch Davis.

UNC Career
After red-shirting in 2007, Gaskins saw action in five games on special teams and as a reserve offensive tackle during his freshman season. He tore his ACL during pre-season practice of his sophomore year and missed the season. In 2010, he started at left tackle in the season opener against LSU and appeared in nine other contests. He played in ten games during the 2011 season, his final year on campus.


BRIAN GUPTON
Position: Safety
School: Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR WR)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
UNC began recruiting Gupton in December of his senior year. That interest lead to an official visit in early January. Roughly a week before Signing Day, UNC offered and Gupton verbally committed shortly thereafter.

UNC Career
Gupton red-shirted in 2007 and then played in five games in 2008, primarily on special teams and as a reserve cornerback. He was moved to safety but saw most of his action on special teams as a sophomore. After sitting out the 2010 season as a result of eligibility issues, he saw action in all 13 games during his senior year, recording five tackles.


CAM HOLLAND
Position: Offensive Line
School: Pittsburgh (Pa.) Perry Traditional Academy
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (No. 78 OG)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Prior to his senior year, Holland verbally committed to UNC. However, he began to explore other options, namely nearby Pittsburgh, when John Bunting was dismissed. Meetings with newly hired assistant coaches Sam Pittman and John Shoop eventually solidified Holland's pledge.

UNC Career
A three-year starter at center, Holland played in a total of 37 games for UNC. After he red-shirted the 2007 season, he saw action in two wins in 2008 and started seven games in 2009. He appeared in all 13 games in 2010, starting the final 12. He started all 11 games he played in during his senior season, missing two games with a back injury.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Holland as the 22nd best center heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be an undrafted free agent.


RYAN HOUSTON
Position: Running Back
School: Matthews (N.C.) Butler
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 20 RB)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Houston verbally committed to UNC over Clemson, Florida, and Miami live on ESPNU. His commitment didn't stop outside schools from continuing to recruit Houston and John Bunting's dismissal added fuel to the fire. He considered scheduling official visits with Clemson, Florida, Louisville, and NC State, but eventually firmed up his pledge during an official visit to UNC.

UNC Career
Houston ended his UNC career with 25 touchdowns and 1,485 yards on 397 rushes. He also had 16 catches for 142 yards. He was one of 11 true freshmen to play in 2007, seeing action in seven games. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore, rushing for a team-high eight touchdowns. His best season was in 2009 when he started the final four games and rushed for a career-best 713 yards and nine touchdowns. After red-shirting the 2010 season, he played in all 13 games as a fifth-year senior primarily in a backup role.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Houston as the 27nd best running back heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be an undrafted free agent.


Career Rating Scale
5.0: All-American
4.0: 1st Team All-ACC
3.0: Multi-year Starter
2.0: Reserve
1.0: Limited Contributor
0.0: Never Enrolled
About The Rating System: Putting a numerical rating to a college career is no simple task. The goal of the rating scale was to measure the college impact of each player, in a way that could enable future class comparisons, while taking as much of the subjectivity out of the equation as possible. This is not meant to parallel the high school star ratings, as there are factors that make a direct parallell flawed.


Check back tomorrow for Part III ...


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