Saturday's Recruiting Implications

Oh, the power of an in-state rivalry game. The victor doesn't only increase their number in the win column; they are also able to impress prospective recruits.

As for a long-term effect, a win over a rival will propel the current recruiting class, swaying recruits that might be currently on the fence. Or will it?

This Saturday, UNC will open Kenan Stadium's doors to not only a sellout crowd of Tar Heels and Wolfpack fans, it will also welcome a "who's who" of the blue chip prospects in the area.

With North Carolina a 10-point underdog at home, is it in the UNC's coaches best interest to invite some of their top targets from the class of 2005? The truth is, the recruits on hand will be most interested in details other than the outcome.

"It won't affect me that much really in terms of who wins," stated four-star tight end Jonathan Hannah, who figures to be in attendance this weekend. "I'm not going to sit back and say, well, whoever wins the in-state battle between Carolina and State, I'll go to that school. I'm looking at who uses the tight end the most, as far as catching goes or even attempts."

Fellow recruit, quarterback Cameron Sexton of Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland, who also has both in-state schools in contention, shares the same sentiment.

"None whatsoever," remarked Sexton in regards to the affect of the game's outcome. "As a recruit we look for a fit not a winner or loser.

"I'm looking for a feel, something that feels close to home. Then the next thing I look at is how I get along with the players and coaches because we will live around them all year."

In addition to Sexton and Hannah, Wilson (N.C.) Beddingfield TE/DE Evertte Brown, Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale TB Toney Baker, and West Charlotte CB Trenton Guy are all expected to be in attendance.

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