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UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: DB Caleb Rozar

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

BIO: Played both safety and cornerback during his career at Dickson County • Selected to the Toyota East-West All-Star Classic, the premier high school all-star game in Tennessee • Considered the No. 54 safety in the country by 247sports.com • Finished his senior season with 32 tackles and also had six receptions in limited action at wide receiver • Listed as the No. 16 player in the state and the No. 56 Athlete nationally by ESPN.com • Ranked the No. 2 athlete in Tennessee, No. 24 in the South and No. 50 in the country by Scout.com • Named one of the Top 10 athletes regardless of sport in Dickson County as a senior • Made 64 tackles and had 12 pass breakups and a junior • Also caught 15 passes at receiver and garnered 260 all-purpose yards, including 172 receiving and 78 on kickoff returns • Attended the same middle school as UNC teammate Antwaun Branch

LEAD UNC RECRUITER: Charlton Warren

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RECRUITMENT: A late junior season offer from UNC prompted Rozar to visit Chapel Hill for a game that season. He returned the following spring for a junior day. Even as offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and Wake Forest rolled in, Rozar began to privately favor the Tar Heels. It took just one more visit to push him over the edge: before making the late night trek home following Fedora’s Freak Show, Rozar went up to the coaches’ offices and committed.

WHY CAROLINA: “After talking to talk Coach Warren, I just felt like this was where I wanted to be. I felt comfortable. And they use a whole bunch of DBs; they played five or six DBs, so that will give me an opportunity to play early. I just trust the coaches and how they're going to use me. I like how their academics are set up for athletes. Their tutoring is set up for their athletes to be successful after football.”

EVALUATION: At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Rozar is a big defensive back, whose background is at cornerback. He’s a fluid enough athlete to remain at cornerback in a cover-two scheme, where his length will be at a premium. If corner doesn’t work out, he could easily transition to safety. Thanks to his size, range, and competitiveness, he’s a willing participant in run support.

HS COACH QUOTES: “He’s a very intense player and a very hard worker. I’d say he’s a rangy athlete, which is pretty obvious from him being 6-3. I’ve had several people ask what position he fits best at. It just depends where and how he develops himself. He’s a little tall for a corner, I would say, but he feels more comfortable at corner. I could see him playing safety after a year of adding some weight and some strength. I love the way he prepares himself in the weight room and practice and, being the intense player he is, he’s always prepared for the big lights. That’s what his dream has always been, and now he’s put himself there.” — Randy Murphree, Dickson County HS

UNC HC LARRY FEDORA QUOTES: "Caleb is a big corner. He measured over 6-2 here. He has got a shoulder labrum tear so he’s in a sling now, but I know he can't way to get going. Because of his size he could play safety, but he has the skills to play corner."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: With his length and competitiveness, Rozar convinced observers – most notably Warren and defensive coordinator Gene Chizik – he was capable of playing cornerback in college. … Read the full subscriber-only report 

http://www.scout.com/player/203962-caleb-rozar?s=78

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