Conner Girdley, PK, 6-0, 180, Fr., Orlando (Fla.) Boone
Girdley, an excellent kicker from the sunshine state, received Outstanding Kicker Award at Ray Guy Kicking Camp. He took his lone official visit on January 23rd to Chapel Hill where Coach Bunting invited him as a walk-on.
Richie Haywood, LB, 5-11, 220, Fr., Raleigh (N.C.) Broughton
A two-time All-Conference selection, Haywood helped lead Broughton to a 22-5 record over the course of his starting season.
Justin Henderson, CB, 6-0, 190, 4.56, Fr., Henderson (N.C.) Northern Vance
Henderson played quarterback and cornerback for Northern Vance where he completed 108 of 208 attempts for 1,667 yards and 24 touchdowns. During his junior season, he passed for over 1,200 yards and ten touchdowns, and rushed for over 400 and another eight scores on offense, while picking off seven passes on defense.
Cory Ingram, LB, 6-0, 220, Fr., Sarasota (Fla.) Southeast
Ingram registered 117 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, five sacks and two interceptions on his way to first team all-county and third team all-state honors his senior season. He joins fellow Southeast High School alumni wide receivers Bosley Allen and Jawarski Pollock on the Tar Heels' roster.
Greg James, OL, 6-5, 275, Fr., Richlands (N.C.)
James has been the anchor on the Richlands offensive line for the past three years. During that time Richland's running backs have amassed over 3,700 yards on the ground and over 4600 throw the air.
Ben Johnson, QB, 6-3, 205, Fr., Fairview (N.C.) A.C. Reynolds
Johnson saw a lot of ups throughout his high school career but none greater then when he led A.C. Reynolds to the North Carolina 4A State Championship during his junior year. That year he recorded 838 yards and nine touchdowns passing, while completing 58 of 117 passes. Johnson ran for 218 yards and four scores.
He then kicked off his senior season with a bang by recording a 4.56-second forty-yard dash time, a 4.07-second twenty-yard shuttle time, and a 36.3-inch vertical leap at Virginia Tech's Nike Combine to earn a spot on the Elite 11 watch list.
Although the Rockets fell short of repeating, they did win their Conference and posted a 9-3 record, while Johnson improved on his senior stats by connecting on 76 of 143 passes fir 1,181 yards and six touchdowns.
Shawn Lawson PK 6-0 180 Fr., Matthews (N.C.) Butler
Lawson, who will most likely get a shot at being the Tar Heels' kick-off specialist, booted a total of 27 kick-offs for touchbacks during his senior season, despite dealing injury throughout the year. He also connected on 20 of 22 extra points and four of five field goal attempts with a long of 42. His lone field goal miss was blocked.
Jeffrey Vandenberghe OL 6-2 250 Fr., Dakton, (Va.) O'Connell
An anchor for O'Connell line since his sophomore year, Vandenberghe was a three-time All-Conference selection.
Kendric Williams RB 5-11 195 4.41 Fr., Charlotte (N.C.) Hopewell
Williams, who rushed for 1,798 yards and 24 touchdowns on just 319 carries (5.63-yard average), was the main threat in an offense that lead Hopewell to their first winning season (8-5 record) in the school's three-year history. He reached the 1,000-yard plateau in each of his two years as a full-time starter by also putting up 1,048 yards rushing during his junior year. Williams earned All-Mecklenburg County honors following his senior season.
Mark Wojoski LB 5-11 220 Fr., Columbia (S.C.) Irmo
Wojoski earned Class AAAA All-Area honors and was selected to play in South Carolina's North vs. South All-Star game after posting 83 solo tackles, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries. He called the defensive signals and was the leader of the Irmo defense since his sophomore year despite his underclassman status. "Wojo" also recorded solid numbers as a junior with 145 tackles, including 97 solo, and added 7 sacks and 13 tackles for loss.