Football Recruiting Board-Defense: 11/19/01

Mac's latest UNC Football Recruiting Board

Defensive Tackle

The loss of Ryan Sims will hurt.


2002 Projected Depth Chart


1. Donti Coates (6-3, 290, Jr-4)

2. Jonas Seawright (6-6, 310, So-3)


Rush DT:

1. Will Chapman (6-4, 275, Jr-4)

2T. Eric Davis (6-3, 275, Sr-5)

2T. Carl Smalls (6-2, 275, So-3)


Transfer Commitment: Carl Smalls (6-2, 275, 4.9, SC) - Committed to SC out of HS after considering UNC, decided to transfer to UNC this past summer and will be eligible in 2002-2004. NC-SC Shrine Bowl MVP coming out of HS. Top 40 nationally ranked DT coming out of HS.  Chiseled frame, strong and fast for his size.


Commitment: Antavius Barrino (6-5, 260, 5.0, NC) - Signed with UNC out of Forest Hills in 2001, but a bout with mono in August put him out of action and he decided to wait till January 2002 to enroll thus giving him 5 years of eligibility beginning in 2002. 95 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and 5 sacks as a senior. Top 40 nationally ranked DT.


1. Aaron Kirkland (6-5, 260, 4.8, NC) - Great "jumbo athlete" prospect from Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Aaron is considered as one of the top 100 players in the nation at the tight end position. Could project at TE/DE or DT (my personal belief) at the next level.  Carolina is primarily recruiting Aaron to play defensive end, the position he prefers to play, where Aaron recorded 80 tackles and 7 sacks as a junior. He caught 8 passes for 110 yards on offense.  His current favorites are UNC (camp), TN (camp, 1/11), Michigan (12/1), Clemson, and FSU. All of his favorites have offered. Had a great unofficial visit for the FSU game and UNC currently is dead even with TN - it looks like it could go either way.

Projection: Too close to call between TN and UNC.


2. Moe Thompson (6-3, 260, 4.8, SC) - Similar to Aaron in size, ranking and possible positions he could play.  His mom has asked Moe to not consider schools beyond 4-6 hours from his home because she wants to come see him play regularly. Moe actually grew up in Durham and only moved to SC within the past five-seven years. UNC currently holds a slight lead over SC, and CLEM (all have offered as have AUB, GA and GAT).  Visited Clemson unofficially for the UNC-CLEM game. As with Kirkland, this one seems to go back and forth depending upon the day - this time between UNC and SC.

Projections: Too close to call between UNC and SC.


3. Mickey Rice (6-2, 290, 5.0, SC) - Visited unofficially for the WF game. Currently lists MICHST, MD, SC, TN and UNC as his top five. So far, only Michigan State and Tennessee have offered.  Visited UNC unofficially for DUKE game.

Projection: Tennessee


4. Jamil Smith (6-4, 280, 4.8, NC) - Western NC product that is starting to make some noise on the recruiting front with offers from DUKE, GAT and WF. Says he intends to visit UNC officially this winter.

Projection: Wake Forest


Defensive End

With Julius Peppers and Joey Evans departing after 2001, and with only three apparent DE contributors on the roster (Dumas, Mooring and Banks) absent the shift of one or more current LBs down, DE is a spot where a newcomer is needed to step in and contribute right away.


2002 Projected Depth Chart


1. Issac Mooring (6-3, 260, Jr-4)

2. Jeff Longhany (6-4, 250, Fr-2) (DE/LB)

3. Tommy Davis (6-2, 250, Fr-2) (DE/LB)



1a. Jocques Dumas (6-8, 260, So-2)

1b. Jermicus Banks (6-4, 260, So-3)


1. Gaines Adams (6-6, 230, 4.6, SC/FUMA) - Was set to sign with UNC in 2001, but needs to spend a year at prep school shoring up academics first. As a senior in high school, Gaines recorded 22 sacks on defense and caught over 1300 yards as a wide receiver.  In three games at FUMA this year, Gaines already has 15 tackles for loss at his OLB spot. CLEM, ILL, MICHST and others are trying to pry Adams away from the Heels.  Visited unofficially for the WF game.  Some services are reporting he may have committed during WF visit, but VA Prepschoolers usually take all five visits and announce in late January.

Projection: UNC


2. Brandon Cannon (6-5, 240, 4.65, GA) - A teammate of another UNC recruit, CB Demario Minter. The two may be a package deal and each lists UNC. Cannon is generally ranked among the top 15 DEs in the nation and is considering UNC, CLEM (1/18), AUB (1/11), GAT (1/25) and MD (12/7).  Set to make an official visit to UNC on 12/14.

Projection: Georgia Tech


3. Quentin Moses (6-5, 235, 4.7, GA) - 60 tackles and 13 sacks. More than a dozen offers. Looking for early playing time and likes the fact that UNC graduates both starting DEs. Top 5 includes CLEM (1/11), GA (1/18), GAT, SC and UNC (1/25).

Projection: UNC


4. Steve Kelip (6-7, 225, 4.7, IL) - Huge frame with plenty of room for growth.  Made an unofficial visit to UNC this past summer and his current list of favorites includes AZ, BC, DUKE, ILL, MICH, MICHST, ND and UNC.  Recently broke his fibula - keep an eye out as to whether some schools pull out of the sweepstakes.  Official visit list: Michigan State (11/30), Arizona (12/7), Georgia Tech (1/4), UNC (1/11) and final visit will come from Illinois, Duke or Wisconsin.

Projection: Michigan State


5. Brian Kuhn (6-5, 235, 4.7, FL) - DE/TE type. 69 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior. Benches 315 and squats 450. Visit list includes: Auburn (11/16), Maryland (12/6), Miami (12/14) and UNC (11/30). All have offered plus LSU.

Projection: Auburn


6. Marcus Jackson (6-4, 250, 4.7, GA) - A DE/DT type who could go either way depending on future "growth." Ranked among the top 30 national DLs. Likes the GA, SC, FL, AL and NC schools. Made an unofficial visit to UNC for the ECU game.

Projection: Georgia


7.  Eric Terry (6-4, 230, 4.6, NC) - A DE/DT prospect whom UNC has begun to recruit a lot more aggressively as of late.  Richmond County had long-been a UNC pipeline, but that pipeline has recently eroded (Randy Jones to VA last year) and could continue to erode with new coach Ed Emory (former ECU HC and CLEM, DUKE and WF assistant) heading up the fabled Raider program. ECU, NCSU, SC, CLEM and VA are also expressing interest.

Projection: East Carolina


8. Manny Lawton (6-6, 215, 4.5, NC) - A fabulous "athlete" from Eastern Wayne who is hard to place at any one position on a recruiting board. Plays WR and DE in HS, but could project at WR, TE, DE, or LB depending upon his future growth. Last year made 54 tackles, 7 sacks, 6 pass deflections, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception.

Projection: East Carolina



With all three LB starters departing after this year and less than adequate depth, LB is a huge need for 2002 and a position where someone could step in and play right away.


2002 Projected Depth Chart

1. Robert Harris (6-1, 228, Sr-4)

2.  Doug Justice (6-3, 228, Fr-2)


1. Devllen Bullard (6-1, 228, So-3)

2. Clarence Gaddy (6-3, 228, So-3)


1. Malcolm Stewart (6-3, 228, Sr-4)

2.  Kitwana Jones (5-11, 228, Jr-3)


Commitment 1:

Melik Brown (6-2, 228, 4.55, NJ) - Committed to UNC over offers from more than a dozen schools including TN, GAT, WISC, MICHST, RUT and others. 58 tackles and 9 sacks as a junior. Could project at either OLB or DE, but likely to start out at OLB in college.


Commitment 2:

Victor Worsley (6-2, 228, 4.6, NC) - Victor's a big hitter that has caused over 15 fumbles the last two years. In his junior year, Victor recorded 120 tackles. Rates among the top 15 players in NC. Committed to UNC over offers from BC, CLEM, ECU and WF.


1.  AJ Nicholson (6-2, 228, 4.6, NC) - AJ's father, Darrell, played for Carolina during the Crum era (also as a linebacker). AJ's favorite team growing up was Carolina and has stated that it has always been his dream to play for UNC. Committed to UNC very early this summer, but decided to he wanted to take some other visits to "keep his options open" and "make sure his choice was the best one for him."  Last season, for Winston-Salem, Mt. Tabor, he had 160 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. AJ is considered one of the top two prospects in NC and among the top 5 LBs in the nation. He currently says he will make official visits to UNC (1/24), TX (11/10), FSU (1/10) and MIA (12/15).

Projection: UNC, but keep an eye out for TX


2. Berkley Hutchinson (6-3, 228, 4.5, NJ) - The nation's #1 LB prospect. Committed to Rutgers, but says he is still taking calls from North Carolina. Extremely athletic - plays QB in HS (UNC and NCSU actually offered at QB this summer).  Now says he will visit UNC and Boston College during the first two weeks of December then decide between the three.

Projection: Rutgers


3. Bobby Carpenter (6-3, 235, 4.6, OH) - Top 15 national LB prospect whose father played for the New York Giants in the NFL. Lists OSU, MICHST, UNC, NW, ND and STAN as his top 6.  Scheduled in for an official visit to UNC on 11/30.

Projection: Ohio State


4. Cahnning Crowder (6-2, 228, 4.6, GA) - Likes GA (1/11), GAT (1/4), SC (1/18) and NCSU (11/17). Final visit will come from UNC, FL or MIA.


5. Patrick Lowery (6-2, 228, 4.8, NC) - A superstar wrestler and an extremely aggressive and productive (160 tackles) high school player. Most schools appear to be recruiting, but not offering due to speed questions. DUKE, ECU and WF have offered and UNC, NCSU and VA are keeping close tabs on Patrick's progress.

Projection: East Carolina



UNC has only five CBs currently on the roster, and after Hood graduates, only four with two being seniors in 2002, making CB a spot where someone can step in and play right away.


2002 Projected Depth Chart

CB -1:

1. Michael Waddell (5-11, 175, Sr-4)

2. Chris Hawkins (5-11, 175, So-2)



1. Kevin Knight (5-8, 175, Sr-4)

2. Derrick Johnson (5-8, 175, Jr-4)


Commitment: Cedric Holt (6-0, 180, 4.45, NC) - Last year, Cedric made 8 interceptions and scored 5 touchdowns for Anson County on his way to all-conference honors. Camped at UNC this summer and impressed UNC DB coach Jon Tenuta with his cover skills. Committed to UNC over CLEM, ECU (offer), NCSU and WF (offer). Grades issues could push his ultimate enrollment to 03/04.


1. AJ Davis (5-11, 175, 4.35, NC) - AJ is considered one of the top defensive backs in the country and one of the top two overall players in NC. Last year for Northern Durham, AJ made 26 tackles, 6 interceptions  (3 returned for TDs), 10 TDs as a receiver, and 2 punt return TDs. He is also the current state champion in the high jump, long jump and the triple jump. His cousin Donnie Davis was an outstanding high school quarterback in Burlington and went on to play in college at Georgia Tech. A. J. intends to run track in college and any school that will not allow him to participate in both sports will not be considered. Northern Durham has produced several outstanding players for the University of North Carolina including current players Andre Williams and Kory Bailey, former payers Sherrod and Jason Peace, and David Bomar. Additionally, current Carolina Assistant Coach Ken Browning was the Northern Durham Head Football coach for many years. AJ's list changes a lot, but the consistently mentioned favorites include UNC, ND, OKL, AL and NCSU - most recently he has been saying that UNC and NCSU hold leads over the out of state schools.  Visited UNC for the FSU game and visited NCSU for the UNC-NCSU game but came to UNC's locker room post game.

Projection: UNC


2. Demario Minter (5-10, 175, 4.45, GA) - Was voted to the NIKE Camp all-American team as a result of his impressive showing at the Atlanta Nike Camp. He has liked UNC from the beginning (and since his childhood) and the Carolina coaching staff has now offered after watching film. Demario has also has offers from Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, and South Carolina.  Has set an official visit with UNC for January 18th.

Projection: UNC


3. Greg Threat (6-1, 170, 4.4, FL) - A top national CB prospect whom UNC offered way back in February but couldn't get reciprocal interest at that point in time. After its recent five game winning streak, UNC has now made the more recent lists of Threat who currently lists MIA slightly over ND, UNC and GAT.  Has scheduled an official visit with UNC for 1/11.

Projection: Miami


4. Fred Bennett (6-2, 180, 4.45, SC) - Ranked as a top 10 national DB prospect, Fred plays wide receiver as well as corner in High School. He caught 30 passes his junior year for approximately 500 yards (3 for touchdowns). On defense, Fred registered 79 tackles and 7 interceptions. Fred currently favors CLEM over SC, UNC and GAT.  Visited CLEM for the CLEM-UNC game and despite UNC's 38-3 win, still favors CLEM citing familiarity and comfort with the coaches, school and players.

Projection: Clemson


5. Fabian Washington (6-0, 190, 4.4, FL) - Fabian has offers from AL, AUB, GAT, NEB, SC, and UNC, among others.   Carolina will be working hard to get a visit from this talented player.

Projection: Georgia Tech


6. Michael Gilmore (6-1, 180, 4.45, SC) – rates him higher than Fred Bennett (among the top 12 CBs). Lists GAT as his current favorite and intends to make an official visit to UNC on 12/14 (GAT (1/11), VAT (11/30)).

Projection: Georgia Tech



With the graduation of Billy Dee Greenwood and the pre-mature departures of Jovon Lewis and Marcus Jones this summer, S is a spot that could use another player or two.


2002 Projected Depth Chart


1. Dexter Reid (6-0, 190, Jr-4)

2. Bryant Macklin (6-0, 205, So-3)

3. Tarrence Highsmith (6-1, 190, Fr-2)



1a. Chris Curry (6-0, 190, So-2)

1b. Defonté Coleman (6-1, 220, Sr-5)

3. Ronnie Bryant (6-0, 205, Fr-2)


FS Verbal Commitment: D. J. Walker (6-1, 170, 4.45, NC) - Last year (Walker's first on varsity) D. J. rushed for 1.946 yards on 255 carries (7.6 ypc average), scored 23 touchdowns, and had approximately 2250 yards of total offense. On defense, D. J. recorded 45 tackles and three interceptions. Walker had the third fastest time in the State 2-A track meet for the 100 and 300-meter hurdles. Walker earned all-area and all-conference honors. DJ is a consensus top 20 player in NC.


SS Verbal Commitment: Rashaad Tindall (6-4, 195, 4.5, NC) - Has only played football for two years. A big-time headhunter with a nasty disposition and a reckless playing style. As a junior he made 50 tackles, 10 TFL, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions as a LB and 15 catches for 300 yards and 8 tds as a WR. If he doesn't grow into an OLB, has plenty of athleticism for the SS spot as evidenced by his 39' 5" vertical and 6'6" high jump.  Committed to UNC over an offer from WF and interest from VA, CLEM, NCSU and SC.


1. Pat Watkins (6-4, 200, 4.4, FL) - The nations consensus #1 S and one of the top 10 players overall. Most gurus expect him to step in and start from day one in college and be playing in the NFL three years later. Current visit list includes: GA (12/7), Miami (12/14), UNC (1/11), LSU (1/18), and Southern Cal (1/25).  Also lists backyard school FSU. Teammate of UNC CB prospect Greg Threat.

Projection: Miami


2.  Nate Salley (6-4, 200, 4.4, Miami, FL) - One of the nation's top 10 Safety prospects and also a star HS basketball players. Currently lists MIA slightly over UNC and Michigan State.

Projection: Miami


3. Jeff Francoeur (6-4, 205, 4.5, GA) - A top football and baseball recruit - intends to play both in college (may get drafted this spring). 5 interceptions and over 30 catches at WR so far this year.  Top 5 include CLEM (1/11), UNC (1/24), GAT, MISS and ND.  UNC football-baseball player Brandon Russell (also from GA) could help out here.

Projection: Georgia Tech


4. Oholu Sanni-Osomo (6-2, 195, 4.5, GA) - Has only been playing football for two years, having recently moved to the US from Nigeria. 3.4 GPA and 1080 SAT. Very athletic - 22'10" long jump.  Lists AUB, FL, GA, KY, ND and UNC. All but FL have offered.

Projection: Georgia


5. Jamil Tyson (6-0, 175, 4.5, NJ) - Teammates with UNC commitment Melik Brown and UNC lean Patrick Faulk. Plays QB and FS in HS, but projects as a FS at the next level. His final three, all of whom have offered, include UNC, PITT and WV.

Projection: West Virginia


6. Brandon Mitchell (6-2, 185, 4.55, GA) - Favors UNC over DUKE, GAT, MD, SC, WF and UAB - all have offered except UNC. 53 tackles and 8 interceptions as a senior as well as 35 catches for 700 yards and 8 tds at WR. 3.7 GPA and 1040 SAT.


7.  Tommy Richardson (6-2, 208, 4.55, Miami, FL) - Lists UNC among his top 5 currently. Has offers from BC, FL, MD, ND, OSU, and VAT. 

Projection: Florida


8.  Duante Fields (6-1, 160, 4.5, Miami, FL) - WR/FS prospect. 50 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense and 30-500-10 as a WR. Also has 2 tds on returns.  Currently claims offers from VAT, BC, UNC, IAST and VANDY. Visited BC 10/27, visiting IAST on 12/8 and UNC on 11/30 then will decide.

Projection: Boston College


9. Maurice Hart (6-1, 208, 4.45, NC) - Another former Northern Durham product, Maurice currently plays for College of the Canyons Junior College in California. Maurice has a reputation as a big hitter. He has offers and/or heavy interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oregon and Oregon State. Carolina has offered him conditionally provided he meets his academic requirements.  Don't count on this one as UNC admissions is particularly hard on JUCO transfers - see "placed" JUCOs Cory Alexander and Kareem Marshall, each of whom couldn't get admitted to UNC even though each had more than a half-dozen offers from other D-1A schools.

Projection: Kansas State


10. Mahlon Carey (6-2, 190, 4.5, GA) - Has rushed for 1,080 yards and 14 touchdowns, has made 70 tackles and 2 interceptions playing safety and has returned 4 kicks for touchdowns. Lists AUB, GA, GAT, NC, SC, and WVU.

Projection: Georgia Tech


11. Keron Gordon (6-1, 180, 4.5, FL) - FS/WR prospect who lists LSU (11/10), UNC (1/11) and PUR as his top three.

Projection: LSU


12. Bryan McClendon (6-0, 175, 4.4, GA) - An "athlete" type who also plays TB and WR. 1300 yards and 14 tds on offense and 30 tackles and 3 ints on defense. Father Willie rushed for over 2,000 yards for Georgia in college. Favors GA (1/18) over ND (12/7), AUB (1/11) and UNC.

Projection: Georgia



Blake Ferguson's premature departure and Jeff Reed's graduation make K/P a position of need.


1. Justin Medlock (6-0, 180, CA) - Justin was offered a scholarship after attending Carolina's summer camp. Justin is a life-long Carolina fan and UNC is considered one of his top two schools - along with UCLA. Visiting UNC officially on 11/16 and will visit UCLA on 12/14.  Both kicks and punts.

Projection: UCLA


2. David Woolridge (6-3, 200, NC)  - Davie County K whose only HS misses have come from 50+ yards and more than 60% of his kickoffs are touchbacks.  Averaged 35.0 yards/punt as a junior and 42 yards/punt as a senior.  Many are now saying that we have offered as a kicker.

Projection: UNC


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