UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DB Myles Wolfolk

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Enrolled at UNC in January • Helped lead Wise to an undefeated 14-0 season and a victory in the MAA Class 4A Championship • Played both wide receiver and defensive back • Led Wise with eight interceptions • Also broke up six passes and made 32 tackles • Caught 44 passes for 767 yards and 15 touchdowns • Named the Rivals Defensive Back of the Year in Maryland • First-team All-Metro and first-team all-state at defensive back


RECRUITMENT: Just before Christmas ’14, Wolfolk verbally committed to Virginia Tech. He remained solidly committed until Frank Beamer announced his retirement last November. At the same time, UNC entered the market for new defensive back recruits and came across Wolfolk. A week after official visits to UNC and Wisconsin, Wolfolk called the Tar Heels coaching staff and switched his commitment.

WHY CAROLINA: “It kind of caught me off guard. When I went on the visit, how much I liked the school surprised me. And I liked the coaches and I like the way they run their defense and how Coach Warren sees me fitting in it. Everything worked out for me and it’s weird – it was almost like a sign. But it wasn’t the only school I liked – I liked Wisconsin, too – but I just feel like [UNC] is a better fit for me. … I felt like I will succeed there. I won’t be too far from home -- it's almost the same distance as Virginia Tech. And it’s an overall good school. I just felt like North Carolina was a better place for me to be.”

EVALUATION: Wolfolk has the size of a safety, but the athleticism of a cornerback. Thus, he could realistically end up playing any position in the secondary. His instincts, length, and physicality make him a burdensome coverage defender. He loves to mix it up with a receiver to insure he’s the one who’s in the best position to make a play on the ball. Once in that position, he has the ball skills to pull in the interception.

HS COACH QUOTES: “Myles is an excellent football player who can do so many different things. He can play cornerback, nickel, punt returner, kick returner, wide receiver and safety. I like to think of players with his versatility as ‘can’t-miss’ recruits, because you can move them all over the field. Because of his knowledge of the game and his experience playing so many different positions, he’s going to excel pretty well at North Carolina. His father played, his brother played, so he has a great mind. A lot of players today only come at you with athletic ability,  but Myles’s mind is what separates him. He’s like another coach out there. He needs to continue to increase his fluidness, agility and flexibility, because the game is being spread out now.” — DaLawn Parrish, Henry Wise HS

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: The official visit that laid the groundwork for Myles Wolfolk’s flip to North Carolina almost didn’t happen. … Read the full subscriber-only report

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