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UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: OL Marcus McKethan

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

BIO: Considered the No. 2 offensive tackle in South Carolina, No. 37 in the South and No. 120 in the country by • Ranked the No. 13 player in South Carolina and the No. 36 offensive guard in the country by • Listed as the No. 17 player in South Carolina and the No. 73 offensive tackle in the nation by • Represented South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, an annual all-star game between talented prospects from the two border states • Also played in Border Bowl IV, a postseason all-star game between South Carolina and Georgia prospects • Named to The All-Aiken Standard Football team • Did not allow a sack during his senior season and finished the year with 543 knockdown blocks • Coached by Randy Long, who also coached UNC offensive lineman Bentley Spain at Providence High School in Charlotte • Also plays on the Barnwell basketball team and competes in the discus for the track and field team • State champion in the discus as a junior


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RECRUITMENT: During the Spring Evaluation Period, McKethan received scholarship offers from UNC, NC State, and South Carolina. All three offers were contingent upon McKethan participating in the respective schools’ camp. Having a desire to attend college out-of-state, he scheduled back-to-back camp trips to UNC and NC State. However, he only made it to Chapel Hill. A week later, he committed to the Tar Heels.

WHY CAROLINA: “I saw the campus and the facilities and got comfortable with the coaches. I just liked what I saw. I went home and talked it over with my family. I just woke up and felt I was ready. I wanted to see different things and get out of South Carolina for a while. I’ve always been in South Carolina. (UNC) has a good education program and a good football team.”

EVALUATION: At 6-foot-6 and 328 pounds, McKethan is a massive -- but raw -- offensive lineman, who has the potential to be a road grader in the run game. He played right tackle in a run-oriented offense in high school -- where he was selected to the Shrine Bowl -- which typically forecasts a move inside. However, he has the body control and mobility to remain at tackle with added technique. In fact, in limited pass protection reps, he has shown that he can hold his ground and mirror defenders.

HS COACH QUOTES: "A lot of people don't know about him. We're a little [class] 2A school [in] a little country area. So, a lot of people haven't come by and actually seen him. Everybody that's laid their eyes on him has offered him -- everybody that's come through here. … The (Tar Heel coaches) are tickled to death to get him. They like him because he's athletic. They love his size. They love his character. And he's a great academic guy. He's never been in trouble. He's very smart. He's aggressive. He's plenty tough. He's strong. He has long arms. He's a good player -- he just needs to get a tad nastier." —Dwayne Garrick, Barnwell HS 

UNC OC CHRIS KAPILOVIC QUOTES: "Marcus has tremendous size, length and feet. He could be a great tackle or he could move inside."

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Marcus, he is probably the quietest kid I’ve recruited. Doesn’t say much, smiles a lot, and he’s an extensive reader. His hobby is reading books."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: McKethan scheduled back-to-back camp dates with UNC and NC State. The Wolfpack coaches, who had also offered, were set to host McKethan for the latter camp and expected him to commit before leaving campus. But, McKethan never made it to Raleigh.  … Read the full subscriber-only report

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