Football Recruiting Board-Offense: 11/19/01

Mac's latest UNC Football recruiting board

Quarterback

Important to get one a year for depth and development.

 

2002 Projected Depth Chart

1. Darian Durant (5-11, 225, So-3)

2. Chris Stephens (6-2, 215, Jr-4)

3T. Aaron Leak (6-3, 220, So-3)

3T. Matt Baker (6-3, 215, Fr-1)

 

Transfer Commitment: CJ Stephens (6-2, 215, 4.75, FL) - Stephens was considered by multiple services a top 100 national recruiting coming out of HS in 99. He signed with FL, where his father was and is the OL coach, but due to a torn ACL suffered late in his senior year of HS, he quickly got "behind" other young and talented QBs Rex Grossman and Brock Berlin.  Was an SEC academic all-American in each of the past two years and had a 3.9 GPA and 1300 SAT coming out of HS. Transferred to UNC this summer and will be eligible to play in 02 and 03.

 

1. Transfer Candidate (6-2, 195, 4.45) - Ranked as one of the top players in the nation and top QB in recent years. Can also play WR or DB. UNC got involved late last year after Bunting was hired and he said it was too late b/c the other coach had been on him for years. Has apparently contacted UNC about transferring in next fall to be eligible in 03-05.

Projection: UNC

 

2. Wyatt Sexton (6-3, 190, 4.75, FL) - Like Stephens, is the son of a prominent football coach in the state of FL - FSU's RB coach Billy Sexton. Passed for 2,900 yards and 28 TDs as a junior. Florida State, UNC, and Illinois have offered. 3.9 GPA and 1300 SAT.  Currently, FSU and UNC are his top two with FSU holding a slight lead due to his father's current status and the fact that mom and dad both graduated from FSU.  If, however, he can be swayed by CJ Stephens' positive experience, UNC has a chance. Has been flying up the recruiting rankings lately making some service's top 10/15 QB lists.

Projections: Florida State

 

3. Patrick Dosh (6-3, 205, 4.75, VA) - Set to shatter all state of VA career passing marks this year (but plays for a private school team so the competition not considered strong). For a long time, UNC was his only major offer, but reportedly VAT has now offered and leads. Marshall has also offered. Will visit VAT and UNC officially.

Projection: Virginia Tech

 

4. Sam Williams (6-3 185, 4.6, SC) - Has accounted for 2,500 yards and 27 tds this season.  Claims UNC has offered, but I do not believe that to be the case at this stage (or if he has, it is as a Safety, not a QB). Says Middle Tennessee State leads big over AUB, SC, UNC, MO and LOUIS and claims that all have offered.  Set to visits AUB, SC, MTSU, and UNC officially.

Projections: Middle Tennessee State

 

5. Maurice Avery (6-0, 180, 4.55, GA) - A pass-run threat who gained 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns all-purpose last year.  UNC is his childhood favorite and is recruiting, but has not offered at this stage.  ARK, LOUIS, SOMISS and MIDTN ST have offered.

Projection: Louisville

 

Tailback

With only 3 scholarship TBs on the roster, and none really setting the college football world on fire thus far, UNC could use a game breaker at TB.

 

Projected 2002 Depth Chart

1. Andre Williams (6-0, 215, Jr-3)

2a. Willie Parker (5-11, 200, Jr-4)

2b. Jacque Lewis (5-10, 190, So-2)

 

1. Thomas Clayton (6-0, 200, 4.32, VA) - Top 10 national RB. Fits the Coach Powell (UNC's RB coach) ideal of a big, fast TB.  Last season, Thomas rushed for over 1800 yards with 19 touchdowns to his credit. As a track star, Tom has run a 10.4 100m and a 22.3 200m. He also has the 8th fastest time nationally in the 55m at 6.2 seconds. Clayton also has some famous football-playing relatives. He has one cousin that plays for the San Francisco 49er's (Julian Peterson) and another cousin that plays running back for the University of Maryland, former Carolina signee Jason Crawford. Tom visited Chapel Hill back in April of this year. The most important aspect in choosing a college for Tom is the prospect of early playing time. In a recent HS game, Clayton rushed for over 300 yards and 6 touchdowns on a mere 7 carries.  Clayton loved his official visit to UNC on 11/16 and says that UNC leads big (85%) headed into his final visit with FSU.

Projection: UNC

 

2. Daniel Davis (6-0, 205, 4.4, VA/KS JUCO) - Top 25 overall recruit coming out of HS, signed with UNC in 99 and was UNC's leading rusher as a freshman.  An overwhelming number of relatively minor legal/university scraps (unpaid traffic tickets from HS got him jail time, fighting, drinking, grade ineligibility, "borrowed" credit card, more traffic tickets at UNC) got him kicked off the team and out of school in 00.  Played at Garden City CC in Kansas in 00 and was a national JUCO AA. Got thrown off the team though and has since spent time working on academics and getting his act together. Now claims offers/interest from COL, KST, MICHST, UNC and SC.  Says he wants to visit all five and make a decision by the end of November.

Projection: South Carolina

 

3. TA McClendon (6-0, 230, 4.5, NC) - All-time NC record holder in yards (8,000) and all-time national HS record holder in touchdowns (120+). Despite these accomplishments, recently reported that he had no offers, likely due to qualification issues and prior arrest record. Has been reported to have made academic strides and now says schools have begun to offer. UNC only got involved within the past two weeks so it may be too late.

Projection: North Carolina State

 

Fullback

UNC did not add a fullback in 2001 and it is possible that Richard Moore may not return for a fifth year. Thus, a pure fullback could really help this year.

 

Projected 2002 Depth Chart

1. Madison Hedgecock (6-2, 247, So-3)

2. Richard Moore (6-2, 240, Sr-5)

3. James Faison (6-0, 225, Jr-4)

 

1.  Brandon Schweitzer (6-3, 230, 4.7, NC) - This Hendersonville product is a "jumbo athlete" who can play FB/TE/LB. He is a state championship wrestler and is a workhorse throwback in the mold of John Bunting, Madison Hedgecock and Will Chapman.  Last year, he caught over 30 passes for approximately 500 yards and 4 touchdowns. On defense, he made over 100 tackles. Current favorites include FL, UNC, SC, NAVY and WF.  One major obstacle for UNC is that Brandon would like to be an engineer someday and UNC does not have a pure engineering major (though it does have engineering "related" majors). Visited UNC for FSU game and SC for AL game and lists SC and Florida as his favorites.

Projection: South Carolina

 

Wide Receiver

Although UNC has adequate depth at the WR spot heading into next year, (a) UNC will graduate its top 3 WRs after '02 (Allen, Borders, Aiken) and jobs will be wide open for '03, and (b) this is a great year for WRs in UNC's primary recruiting territories so don't be surprised to see the Tar Heels "load up" on the position while the "getting is good." 

 

Projected 2002 Depth Chart

Speed WR: 

1. Bosley Allen (6-2, 195, Sr-5)

2. Brandon Russell (5-11, 190, Jr-3)

3. Jarwarski Pollock (5-8, 175, So-2)

 

Possession WR:

1. Sam Aiken (6-2, 200, Sr-5)

2. Chesley Borders (6-0, 190, Sr-5)

3. Harry Lewis (6-3, 210, Fr-2)

 

Speed WR Commitment

Ian Firestone (6-1, 190, 4.35, PA) - Last year, he had 43 receptions for 550 yards and 7 touchdowns. On kick returns he averaged 44 yards per return. Ranked as a top 10 national WR.  He committed to UNC after the Clemson game over more than one dozen offers including MIA, GAT, VA, BC, NW and PUR among others. Came to UNC unofficially in August and made his official visit for the VA game.

 

Possession WR Commitment

Derrele Mitchell (6-4, 200, 4.5, NC/VA Prep School) - Derrele signed with UNC in 2001 but is spending this fall at Hargrave Military Academy to shore up his academics.  Mitchell was selected last year as the NC Male Athlete of the Year after leading his basketball team (RJ Reynolds) to the state championship and accumulating 1,223 yards and 10 touchdowns on the gridiron as a senior.  He was ranked as a top 50 national wide receiver coming out of high school with more than a dozen offers including offers from all the NC schools, TN, VAT, CLEM, SC and GA.

 

1.  Ty Zimmerman (6-4, 200, 4.55, SC/FUMA) - Was listed as a top 100 national WR by some services coming out of HS. Committed to Clemson, failed to qualify, spending a year at FUMA and is now open between CLEM, SC and UNC (the three finalists for his services last year).  Still says he is "softly" committed to CLEM, but plans on taking an official visit to UNC. Visited unofficially on 11/17.

Projection: Clemson

 

2. David Noel (6-4, 210, 4.5, NC) - Unknown by recruiting gurus (haven't seen him listed by a single recruiting service), but area college coaches know all about this Billy McMullen clone as evidenced by his offers from SC, NC and VA.

Projection: UNC

 

3. Devin Aromashodu (6-2, 185, 4.5, FL) - Ranked among the top 10 WRs in the nation by many recruiting services.  Caught for over 800 yards and 8 tds as a junior. Final five are: Michigan State (11/3), Auburn (11/16), Northwestern (11/30), LSU (12/7) and UNC (12/14). All of his favorites have offered.

Projection: Auburn

 

4. Franklin Payne (6-0, 180, 4.5, TN) - So far this year, has caught 33 passes for 1,180 yards and 19 touchdowns.  Has set official visits to Auburn (11-17), Illinois (12-7), Clemson (1-11) and Georgia Tech (1-17) and says his last visit will go to North Carolina. So far, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Middle Tennessee State have offered.

Projection: Clemson

 

5. Mike Williams (6-5, 200, 4.5, FL) - Top 20 national WR. Soft commitment to FL. Scheduled currently to visit UNC officially on 1/11 with his teammate Keron Gordon (S). Other visits include USC (11/17), VA (11/30) and PUR (12/7). Says he also wants to visit FL and AL and may cancel either VA or UNC visit.

 

6. Troy Williamson (6-3, 200, 4.35, SC) - Big, fast WR whose current favorites include Aub, SCAR, Clem, UGA, UNC, TN.  Has approximately 10 offers. All favorites have offered.  Says he will visit UNC officially.

Projection: South Carolina

 

7. Princell Brockenbourough (6-3, 205, 4.45, CA/VA) - Originally from Southeastern, VA, has spent the past two seasons at San Francisco JUCO working on academics. One of the nation's top JUCO WRs.  Says that UNC leads if he can qualify academically - not scheduled to sign till summer.

Projection: South Carolina

 

Tight End

Once considered a dire position of need, seems to be addressed with the following two early commitments (but see FB Schweitzer and listed DL prospects Moe Thompson and Aaron Kirkland for "jumbo athletes" that many have projected at TE in college).

 

2002 Projected Depth Chart

1a. Bobby Blizzard (6-7, 265, Jr-4)

1b. Zack Hilton (6-7, 265, Sr-5)

3. Brian Chacos (6-5, 260, Fr-2)

 

Transfer Commitment: Bobby Blizzard (6-7, 265, 4.7, VA) - National top 100 and top 3 TE in the nation coming out of HS. Originally signed with high octane offense of Hal Mumme at Kentucky coming out of HS where he made 30 catches as a true freshman and true sophomore. Decided to transfer to UNC this summer when Hal Mumme was fired.  Will be eligible in 2002 and 2003.

 

Commitment:  Lewis Burnham (6-5 ½, 240, 4.75, NJ) - The son of Len Burnham, who played DE on the Philadelphia Eagles with John Bunting in the 70s and who is currently Vice President of the NFL. Lewis plays OL in HS because he is one of the biggest kids on his team and is a great blocker. However, at 240, he doesn't project to OL at the next level (unless he puts on 40-50 pounds). Camped at UNC and worked with Coach Browning at the TE spot where he showed good speed, tremendous hands, good route running and a great overall grasp on the TE spot. Was offered as a TE on the spot (though he could also play DE) and committed to UNC over offers from KY, IA and RUT. 

 

Offensive Line

A decade long sore spot with UNC fans, of which Coach Bunting has made no secret of his desire to upgrade. Thus, look for UNC to go for around four more OLs this year (after grabbing 6, 3, and 6 over the past three).

 

2002 Projected Depth Chart

C:

1. Issac Morford (6-3, 285, Sr-5)

2. Marcus Wilson (6-3, 285, Jr-4)

 

RG:

1. Jason Brown (6-3, 330, So-2)

 

LG:

1. Jupiter Wilson (6-4, 295, Jr-4)

2. Chase Page (6-5, 270, So-2)

 

RT:

1. Jeb Terry (6-6, 305, Jr-4)

2. Willie McNeill (6-4, 295, So-3)

 

LT:

1. Greg Woofter (6-5, 285, Jr-4)

2. Skip Seagraves (6-5, 285, So-3)

 

Commitment: Whit Efrid (6-4, 310, 5.1, NC) - Whit comes to UNC out of West Stanly High School in Oakboro, North Carolina. Whit is extremely strong, as evidenced by his 410 bench press and 525 squat. He averaged five pancake blocks as an offensive lineman last year and also performed the kicking duties for West Stanly. Whit is considered a consensus top 25 player in NC and is ranked as a top 60 national OLman. 

 

1. Marcus McNeil (6-7, 310, GA) - Among the nation's top 5 OL prospects.  Marcus currently lists UNC, MIA and GAT as his three favorites, and he grew up a Carolina fan when he lived in Fayetteville, NC. He has since moved to Georgia, but still has some family in the area. Visited NCSU for UNC-NCSU game and reportedly made his way to the UNC locker room after the game. Also saw UNC at the GAT-UNC game.

Projection: UNC

 

2. Brandon Jefferies (6-5, 270, NC) - Brandon is ranked by alliancesports.com as the #2 G in the nation. He hails from Shelby, NC (Crest High School, same school as Chesley Borders). Brandon is quick for a young man his size (4.8 40) and strong (400 lb. Bench press). He will probably wait until late January or early February before deciding  - says he is open among TN, SC, UNC, NCST and VAT.  Visited unofficially for the WF game.

Projection: UNC, TN or NCSU (too close to call)

 

3. Derek Morris (6-6, 340, NC) - This Charlotte, NC product is considered one of the top 15 OLs in the nation. He unofficially visited Chapel Hill on July 21, 2001. He has taken/set up the following official visits; Ohio State October 5, Georgia November 9, Tennessee December 7, and the last two visits are expected to be to North Carolina State and North Carolina. Is being compared to Orlando Pace.  The Vols were once considered the team to beat, but after his OSU visit, Derek says he is wide open.  Has recently said that UNC has attracted his attention after its wins over FSU, NCSU, CLEM, VA and ECU. Visited unofficially for DUKE game.

Projection: Ohio State

 

4. Kyle Ralph (6-5, 280, OH) - Top 10 national offensive G prospect who committed to Vanderbilt earlier this spring, but has now opened up the process following Woody W's resignation.  Now lists OSU, FL, ILL and UNC among his favorites, along with BC, MISS, SC, TN, ND, PITT and VANDY. All have offered.

Projection: Ohio State

 

5. Dustin Fry (6-3, 300, SC) - State wrestling champion and former HS teammate of current Tar Heel Chase Page. Dustin bench presses 400 lbs. and squats over 600 lbs. Currently favors Clemson slightly over South Carolina, Carolina and Maryland. Visited UNC unofficially for the ECU game. Official visits set for UNC (11/30), SC (12/7), MD (1/4) and CLEM (1/11).

Projection: Clemson

 

6. Patrick Faulk (6-3, 260, NJ) - OT/DT prospect. His cousin Kurt Faulk played football for UNC in the 80s. Teammate of current UNC commitment Melik Brown. 90 tackles and 8 sacks from his DT spot as a senior. UNC currently has a huge lead over MD, MINN, SYR and WISC. All five have offered and SYR and WISC like him at DT.

Projection: UNC

 

7. Randy Hand (6-6, 300, FL) - National top 100 player. Has set visits with UNC 11/30, UVA 12/7 and SC 12/14.  Also going to trip to two from FL, MICH and MIA. 

Projection: Virginia

 

8. Brandon Greeson (6-4, 330, NC) - Yet another excellent OL prospect from NC, Brandon attended Carolina's summer football camp in June.  Brandon was primarily considering out-of -state schools recently (MICH, TN and NEB) but has since loosened this stance.

Projection: Nebraska

 

9. Jeff Edwards (6-5, 285, GA) - Former teammate of current Tar Heel Brandon Russell.  Set to visit Ohio State 11/30, Maryland 12/7 and Stanford 1/11. Also considering DUKE, NW, and NC. 3.5 GPA and 1250 SAT and says academics are extremely key to his recruitment. 

Projection: Stanford

 

10. Frank Straub (6-6, 305, KY) - UNC currently leads BC, Cincy, KY and Louisville for his huge OL prospect out of KY. UNC is the only school among his top 5 that has not offered at this stage.

Projection: UNC

 

11. Brian Johnson (6-5, 290, FL) - Top national OL prospect. Visit list includes LSU (11/30), UNC (12/7), CLEM (1/11), ARK (1/18) and FSU (1/25).

Projection: Florida State

 

12. Jonathan Benson (6-5, 280, NC) - West Montgomery student who was awarded the prestigious UNC Morehead Scholar with a 4.4 GPA and a 1570 SAT. It is my belief that UNC would likely be recruiting him but for his Morehead candidacy - i.e., if he comes to UNC as a Morehead Scholar, could "walk on" the football team because UNC isn't recruiting him. UNC's main competition for Jonathan is coming from Harvard, Yale and Princeton, with schools like Stanford, Virginia and Wake Forest actively recruiting him for football and academically.

Projection: Morehead walk-on

 

13. Joseph Stutts (6-0, 260, NC) - Center prospect from Wilson-Fike in the mold of current UNC starting C Adam Metts (6-0, 260). East Carolina and Marshall have offered Joseph a scholarship, but Joseph has said that he is UNC bound when and if they offer.  Even if UNC decides not to offer, the UNC coaching staff would like to see Joseph come aboard as a "recruited walk-on" with the potential to earn a scholarship down the road like Will Chapman, David Thornton, Robert Harris, David Bomar, Ross McAllister, Jeff Reed, etc. in recent memory.

Projection: ECU or UNC walk-on

 

14. Jabari Levy (6-8, 300, SC) - CLEM and SC lead TN and UNC for this mammoth OL prospect out of Berekely, SC.

Projection: South Carolina

 

15. Leroy Harris (6-5, 285, 5.0, NC) - This Southeast Raleigh OL/DT prospect is currently committed to NCSU but says he may visit UNC and/or ECU officially this December. 50 tackles and 8 sacks as a junior.

Projection: North Carolina State

 

16. Matt McClernan (6-6, 260, GA) - Has the frame to support 300 pounds. 3.8 GPA and 1380 SAT and is seeking out a good business program. UNC (1/11) and NW (12/7) have offered and is getting heavy interest from CLEM (1/25) and STAN (1/18).

Projection: UNC

 

 


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