Top 2016 Targets

With the 2015 class finalized it’s time to set sights on 2016. What better way of getting the ball rolling than by looking at a handful of prospects high on UNC’s recruiting board? Here are some of the top Tar Heel targets in the junior class ...

Kyree Campbell
DT, Woodbridge (Va.) Freedom
UNC would have liked to sign a second defensive tackle in the 2015 class. Thus, D-tackle will be a priority for Carolina's 2016 haul and several prospects at the position will see their names on Larry Fedora’s wish list. Enter Kyree Campbell, a four-star defensive tackle who grew up a UNC fan despite playing high school ball just outside D.C. Even better news for the Tar Heels staff: Campbell’s two visits to Chapel Hill have been all he has expected and more.

Keion Joyner
LB, Havelock (N.C.)
No matter how Gene Chizik shakes up UNC’s defensive depth chart, there will be some square pegs in round holes at linebacker. There’s no better way to begin the remodeling process than with a five-star linebacker who also happens to be the nation’s second best prospect regardless of position. Although UNC already has his teammate Kyran Bowman committed, the task of landing Joyner became harder on Thursday when Dan Disch, who not only mended fences at Havelock but built strong relationships, was removed from the Tar Heels’ coaching staff.

Dexter Lawrence
DT, Wake Forest (N.C.)
In any other year, Lawrence would hands down be the top in-state prospect. Still, though, he’s a national recruit at a position of need for UNC and plays high school ball within an hour’s distance – depending on traffic – of Chapel Hill. Those characteristics alone have placed him high on the Tar Heels’ recruiting board. At least publicly, the four-star prospect doesn’t claim any favorite schools.

Connor McGovern
OC, Lehman (Pa.) Lake Lehman
Although lists McGovern as an offensive tackle, UNC hopes the four-star prospect can help to continue to improve its depth at center. Offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic has already made McGovern a priority, which is no easy task since he plays his home games approximately 30 minutes from Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. What will be even more difficult is fending off local schools Penn State and Pittsburgh.

Chazz Surratt
QB, Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln
Given its current scholarship depth chart, quarterback isn’t a huge need for UNC. But Marquise Williams will graduate following the coming season and there’s a lot to be said if his seat in the QB meeting room is filled by a fellow elite N.C. native. Furthermore, Larry Fedora’s goal for every recruiting cycle is to lock down the state’s borders. That objective becomes easier if the face of his class already has two NCHSAA State Championship rings. Surratt has listed the Tar Heels among his favorite schools for nearly a year – now it’s time to seal the deal.

For a full list of all of UNC's top targets in the 2016 class, visit Inside Carolina's Football Recruiting Board.

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