2007 Class Revisited: Part IV

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 ...

Position: Fullback
School: Red Bank (N.J.) the Lawrenceville School
Scout.com Rating: 3 stars (No. 6 FB)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Prior to his senior season, Ramsay verbally committed to Boston College. When BC underwent a coaching change, the position he was being recruited for (running back) changed to defensive tackle prompting him to de-commit. He then shifted his focus to Maryland, UNC, Villanova, and William & Mary, and took official visits to all four schools. On Signing Day, he selected UNC.

UNC Career
After red-shirting in 2007, he played in five games in 2008, primarily on special teams and as a reserve fullback, before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. In 2009 he won the starting fullback job, recording six receptions. He was held out of the final nine games of his junior season due to the NCAA investigation and eventually ruled permanently ineligible for competition. That ruling was overturned the following February. In the 2011 season opener, he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and missed the rest of that season. The NCAA has granted him an additional year of eligibility and he is expected to return to the team in 2012. In 21 games, he has nine receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Although he has been granted another year of eligibility, ESPN ranked Ramsay as the 9th best fullback heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projected him to be a late round draft pick.

Position: Safety
School: Decatur (Ga.) Towers
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 8 WLB)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Searcy originally verbally committed to UNC during the Tar Heels' July camp. But when John Bunting was dismissed, he reopened his recruitment and scheduled official visits to UNC, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech. After taking his Ole Miss official trip, he officially visited UNC, re-committed, and canceled his plans with Virginia Tech.

UNC Career
Searcy was a two-year starter at strong safety for UNC, playing in 48 games throughout his career. As a true freshman and sophomore, he saw action in all 25 games during the 2007 and 2008 seasons primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety, totaling 34 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and three pass breakups. In 2009, he moved into the starting safety spot and finished the season with 35 tackles, one interception, and three pass breakups. He also served as the punt returner, ranking second in the ACC and fifth in the country with a 14.6-yard average. He missed the first three games of his senior season as the NCAA determined his eligibility, but went on to start nine of the final ten contests. Despite the missed games, he led the team with four interceptions and eight passes defended. He also had 37 tackles, including four for a loss.

The Buffalo Bills selected Searcy in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games during his rookie season, starting three, and registered 34 tackles, one interception, and one pass breakup.

Position: Safety
School: Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (No. 35 WLB)
UNC Career Rating: 2.5

Shortly after receiving a UNC scholarship offer in April of his junior year, Smith verbally committed to the Tar Heels. Outside of a few conversations with other schools, he never wavered on his commitment despite UNC's coaching change.

UNC Career
After red-shirting the 2010 season, Smith started eight games – playing in a total of nine – at strong safety during his final season on campus. He ended that campaign with 45 tackles, including two for a loss. He saw action during his first three years on campus, including all 26 games in 2008 and 2009, primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety registering a total of 12 tackles.

Position: Linebacker
School: Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanly
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 9 MLB)
UNC Career Rating: 4.0

Sturdivant eventually narrowed his choices to Florida and UNC and subsequently officially visited both schools in late September and mid-October, respectively. On the heels of John Bunting's termination, Sturdivant verbally committed to Florida, but switched his pledge to UNC a week later.

UNC Career
A four-year starter at linebacker, Sturdivant was named first team All-ACC and a Butkus Award semifinalist following the 2009 season. That year, he started all 13 games (began the season at middle but was moved outside for the final seven games), led the team with 79 tackles and was second with 12 tackles for a loss. During his true freshman season, he played in all 12 games and started five, finishing with 47 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a blocked punt. In 2008, he led the nation with 87 solo tackles and led the team with 122 total stops, while starting all 13 games at outside linebacker. His final season was derailed by a hamstring injury that forced him to miss five games. He still finished third on the team with 61 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss and three sacks.

The Arizona Cardinals selected Sturdivant in the sixth round (171 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was released during the preseason but eventually signed to the Cardinals practice squad. Following the 2011 season, the Cardinals signed him to a "futures" deal, adding him to the 2012 preseason roster.

Position: Kicker
School: Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (No. 9 K)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

In May of his junior year, Wooten verbally committed to UNC over scholarship offers from Clemson and LSU. He stuck to his pledge through UNC's coaching change.

UNC Career
Following a red-shirt season in 2007, Wooten handled kickoffs and split time with Casey Barth as placekicker. That season, he averaged 60.8 yards on 54 kickoffs, converted all 11 PAT attempts, and was 4-of-6 on field goals. During the summer prior to the 2008 season, he left UNC.

Wooten transferred to South Carolina and sat out the 2009 season. In 2010, he handled the majority of the team's kickoff duties, logging five touchbacks and averaging 63.6 yards on 65 kickoffs and converted his lone PAT attempt. He continued to handle kickoffs for South Carolina in 2011 (61.4-yard average and six touchbacks on 67 kickoffs) and added placekicking duties (7-of-10 with a long of 49).

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 V ...

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