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. Set to visit UNC officially on 1/18.
Projection: South Carolina
2. 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 few weeks so it may be too late.
Projection: North Carolina State
3. Jesse Allen (6-2, 215, 4.6, MA) - Rushed for 2,300 yards as a senior. Lists BC, WISC and UNC as his favorites.
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. Official visit to UNC on 11/30.
1. Martrez Miller (6-5, 235, 4.5, GA) - Super fast TE who claims offers from ECU, DUKE, MINN and UNC.
2. TaBryron Adams (6-7, 255, 4.8, FL) - Teammate of highly ranked WR prospect Ryan Moore (who is considering UNC slightly as a FB-BB prospect). 11 catches for 102 yards and 2 tds as a senior. UCF has offered, also being recruited by MD, UNC, NCSU and MIA.
3. Brad Schell (6-5, 225, 4.7, MD) - ILL (11/16) was his favorite, but they stopped recruiting him. Maryland (11/30) has taken over the top spot. VAT (12/14) has also offered. UNC (12/7) is recruiting, but has not yet offered.
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. Clay Roberson (6-3, 228, Jr-4)
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. Visiting UNC officially on 12/7.
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.
Official visits: TX 11/10, UNC 12/16, FSU 1/11, MIA 1/18, TN 1/25
Projection: UNC if you listen to the "inside word" from those that know his dad; whoever gives him the best shot to win 4 national championships if you listen to AJ himself.
2. 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 (12/7), MICHST, UNC, NW, ND and STAN as his top 6. Scheduled in for an official visit to UNC on 11/30.
Projection: Ohio State
3. Brandon Archer (6-2, 215, 4.6, MN) - 85 tackles and 19 tackles for loss as a senior. Says he favors Illinois and UNC currently. His brother is a starting LB for Minnesota.
Official Visits: MN (11/16), ILL (11/30), IA (12/7) and UNC (12/14).
Blake Ferguson's premature departure and Jeff Reed's graduation make K/P a position of need.
David Wooldridge (6-3, 200, NC) - Davie County K/P whose only HS misses have come from 45+ yards and more than 70% of his kickoffs are touchbacks. Averaged a whopping 44.9 yards/punt as a senior. Committed to UNC over offers from WF and DUKE and heavy interest from NCSU and VA.