UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DB K.J. Sails

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

BIO: Played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Daytona Beach • As a senior, finished with 27 tackles, two pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and five blocked kicks for East Bay • Also led the team in receiving with 21 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns • Averaged 34.3 yards on 10 kick returns and 15.5 yards on 11 punt returns


RECRUITMENT: During consecutive September weekends, Sails officially visited Iowa and Wisconsin. However, both Big Ten schools eventually fell out of the race. In December and January, Sails saw an influx of new interest. Within that new interest, Cincinnati, Maryland, UNC, NC State, Rutgers, South Florida, and West Virginia grabbed his attention. After officially visiting Cincinnati and UNC after the Winter Dead Period, he narrowed his focus to those two schools. On Signing Day, he chose the Tar Heels.

WHY CAROLINA: "It felt right when I was there. I got along with all the coaches, all the players. It felt like a family atmosphere. It was just a perfect fit for me. I feel like I can get a great education there and succeed in every aspect I want to."

EVALUATION: Sails is your typical big-play Florida athlete who projects best as a cornerback. But when the ball is in his hands, watch out. As such, he brings return ability. He’s explosive and is very elusive in the open field. He also showed a knack for blocking kicks. The 5-foot-10, 165-pounder plays with a swagger that rubs off on his teammates.

HS COACH QUOTES: “The biggest thing that sets K.J. apart from other kids is his passion for the game and how competitive he is. There are bigger, stronger, faster athletes out there, but K.J. won’t lose to them. He’s a leader and has been one for us since day one when he was in 9th grade. People gravitate towards him and he’s a heck of a teammate. He has a lot of those intangibles that make him an absolutely special athlete and special part of something bigger than him. Athletically, he’s fast, he’s got great hips, great feet. He has a very high football IQ and his coverage skills are incredible. He’s covered some of the best guys in the country atcamps and has shut them down. He’s got 39 Division I offers, they saw how competitive he is. He’s got a dog in him, he gets after it and has a passion for the game.” — Frank LaRosa, East Bay HS

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