Major FB Targets Expected for Junior Day

In conjunction with Saturday's basketball game against Duke, the North Carolina football staff will host its most exclusive junior day of the recruiting season.

Through its sources, Inside Carolina has confirmed the following junior day visitors. Premium members can visit the premium forum for the full list of expected attendees.

Despite living just outside D.C. (Woodbridge, Va. to be exact), Saturday will be Campbell’s second visit to UNC -- since the end of the football season. Additionally, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle was in Kenan Stadium last fall for the Tar Heels’ thrilling victory over Georgia Tech. While he doesn’t claim any favorite schools, growing up a Tar Heel fan – a trait passed down by his father – has allowed UNC to stick out among the programs he is considering strongly despite being an out-of-stater with nearly 30 offers.

After attending his first couple of games in Kenan Stadium last fall, Deablo, a Tar Heel fan, proclaimed UNC as his leader. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor has since eased off that stance, but continues to list UNC among his favorites. Could experiencing the junior day event and a UNC-Duke basketball game live push him over the edge and into a verbal commitment? If so, UNC would add a four-star prospect to its commitment list.

Although he has collected nearly 40 scholarship offers, Lawrence has taken very few recruiting trips. While other programs have struggled to get him on campus, Saturday marks the four-star defensive tackle’s second UNC visit since the end of the football season. The lack of campus visits has prevented him from anointing favorite schools.The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Wake Forest (N.C.) product is the No. 7-ranked defensive tackle in the nation and the consensus second best prospect in N.C. overall.

Pass (6-foot-5, 205 lbs.) and Surratt (6-foot-2, 198 lbs.) are grouped together since they represent UNC’s top two choices to fill the lone quarterback spot within its 2016 class. Both have made at least a couple of trips to Chapel Hill and include the Tar Heels within their short lists. Surratt is a N.C. native (Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln), while Pass’s Columbus (Ga.) Carver teammate and close friend Javontay Smith has already committed to UNC. Both are dual threats who carry a four-star rating, but the aptly named Pass is ranked higher at the QB position (No. 6 compared to No. 20).

It wasn’t that long ago that the Tar Heels appeared to be Yulee’s eventual landing spot. However, new offers – such as from national title contenders Alabama and Florida State – have knocked UNC out of favor for the nation’s top middle linebacker. What better way to reinvigorate the 6-foot-1, 258-pounder’s interest in the Tar Heels than an evening with Gene Chizik followed by the UNC-Duke basketball game? A commitment from the Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River product would not only add a four-star prospect to its commitment list – it could also stimulate UNC’s recruiting efforts in the talent rich Tidewater Area.

Inside Carolina Top Stories