Class of 2002 - Recruiting Videos

Take an early look at videos of the football signing class of 2002. Look for a new video each weekday until all 22 players are up. All videos are formatted for Windows Media Player. We recommend Windows Media Player 7.1 or higher for best results.

Anyone interested in a little Recruiting Video???

The IC Football Recruiting Staff is proud to present video of the incoming freshman class before they arrive in Chapel Hill. We didn't shoot it, but we did digitize it for your viewing pleasure. Some clips are short, some dark, some not so good, but we did our best to bring them to you. We recommend Windows Media Player 7.1 or greater to view these clips, but Media Player 6.4 will do.

We plan to update on a daily basis Monday through Friday until we have all 22 players.

The table provides you a quick reference on the Class of 2002 that signed their LOIs on 6 February 2002. Below the table is the information on each player released by the Athletic Department.

Hometown (H.S./Previous School)
Alden Blizzard 6-4 225 DE Laurel, Md. (Laurel)
Melik Brown 6-2 225 LB Camden, N.J. (Woodrow Wilson)
Lewis Burnham 6-5 235 TE Moorestown, N.J. (Moorestown)
Mahlon Carey 6-2 195 RB Mableton, Ga. (South Cobb)
Whit Efird 6-5 305 OL Oakboro, N.C. (West Stanly)
Daunte Fields 6-1 160 WR Wellington, Fla. (Cardinal Newman)
Ian Firestone 6-2 190 WR Sinking Spring, Pa. (Wilson)
Michael Gilmore 6-1 170 WR Greenville, S.C. (J.L. Mann)
Kendall High 6-6 250 DE Salisbury, N.C. (West Rowan)
Cedrick Holt 6-1 180 DB Wadesboro, N.C. (Anson County)
Derrele Mitchell 6-4 190 WR Winston-Salem, N.C. (R.J. Reynolds/Hargrave M.A.)
Brian Rackley 6-4 230 DE Tallahassee, Fla. (Lawton Chiles)
Xavier Rainey 6-5 230 DE Stone Mountain, Ga. (Southwest DeKalb)
Kyle Ralph 6-4 280 OL Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
Mickey Rice 6-2 265 DL Union, S.C. (Union)
Tommy Richardson 6-3 205 DB Miami, Fla. (North Miami Beach)
Rashaad Tindall 6-4 195 DB Wilmington, N.C. (Laney)
D.J. Walker 6-1 170 RB Pisgah Forest, N.C. (Brevard)
Jacoby Watkins 6-1 190 DB Laurinburg, N.C. (Scotland)
Chris Woods 6-5 280 OL Columbia, S.C. (Irmo)
David Wooldridge 6-3 185 PK/P Advance, N.C. (Davie)
Victor Worsley 6-2 220 LB Battleboro, N.C. (North Edgecombe)

Alden Blizzard
6-4, 225, Defensive End
Laurel, Md.
Laurel High School

Rated the No. 18 senior in Maryland by SuperPrep * Three-year starter * Had 72 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior * Played on the interior defensive line as a sophomore and junior, but was moved to defensive end as a senior * Had 80 tackles and nine sacks as a junior * Also played tight end * Cousin of current Tar Heel tight end Bobby Blizzard * Coached by Mike Rudden * Played basketball as a junior.

Melik Brown
6-2, 225, Linebacker
Camden, N.J.
Woodrow Wilson High School

Played both defensive end and center on offense * Helped lead Camden to a 12-0 record and its first ever sectional state championship * Selected all-conference and all-group as a junior * Made 57 tackles and had 10 sacks in his senior season * Had 45 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumbles recovered as a junior * Had 16 pancake blocks and graded out over 90 percent on his blocks as a junior * All-Area as a senior * Coached by Michael McBride.

Lewis Burnham
6-5, 235, Tight End
Moorestown, N.J.
Moorestown High School

Played offensive tackles and tight end on offense and linebacker on defense * Helped lead Moorestown to an 11-1 season and the New Jersey Group 2 state championship as a junior * Rated the No. 27 prospect in New Jersey * His father, Lem, was a teammate of John Bunting*s with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s * Burnham was a defensive end and Bunting was a linebacker for the Eagles * The elder Burnham works for the NFL as vice president of player and employee development * Coached by Frank Paris.

Mahlon Carey
6-2, 195, Running Back
Mableton, Ga.
South Cobb High School

Rushed for 1,615 yards and scored 24 touchdowns as a senior * Ranked among the Top 50 prospects in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution * Ranked among the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution * Rated the No. 58 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep * Made all-state as a kick returner * Played safety on defense and had 90 tackles and three interceptions * Returned four kicks for touchdowns * Started at forward for the basketball team and was the 4-A state champion in the 100 meters * Rushed for 1,505 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior * Coached by Shane McQueen * Also played basketball and ran track.

Whit Efird
6-5, 305, Offensive Line
Oakboro, N.C.
West Stanly High School

Three-year starter at right offensive tackle and saw some action at defensive tackle * Two-year all-conference and two-year all-county * Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team * Ranked among the top 20 players in North Carolina by the Raleigh News & Observer * Handled all kicking duties, including punting, kickoffs, extra points and field goals * Made five of seven field goals and 22 of 27 extra points in 2000 * Team was 7-3 and made the first round of the playoffs in junior season * Coached by Mark Little.

Daunte Fields
6-1, 160, Wide Receiver
Wellington, Fla.
Cardinal Newman High School

Had 41 catches for 844 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior * Returned two punts for scores and one kickoff for a touchdown * Intercepted four passes and recovered one fumble * Rated the No. 41 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep * Ranked among the Top 100 Florida prospects by the Orlando Sentinel * Attends the same high school as current Tar Heel basketball player Jackie Manuel * Coached by Sam Budnyk.

Ian Firestone
6-2, 190, Wide Receiver
Sinking Spring, Pa.
Wilson High School

High School All-America honors by SuperPrep, Rivals, Sporting News, Prepstar and Tom Lemming * Rated the nation's No. 8 wide receiver by SuperPrep magazine and the No. 35 wide receiver by * Four-year starter * Established school and county career records with 134 receptions for 1,907 yards * Scored 13 touchdowns * Earned all-state, all-county and all-league honors as a senior * Caught eight passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns in win over rival Manheim Township, breaking Wilson's career receiving yardage record * Also played cornerback * Member of the all-state academic team * Coached by Jim Cantafio.

Michael Gilmore
6-1, 170, Wide Receiver
Greenville, S.C.
J.L. Mann High School

Two-year starter * Began his junior season as the starting quarterback, but moved to wide receiver during the middle of the season and became an all-region player in both seasons * Named all-state as a senior * Caught 20 passes for over 300 yards and six touchdowns as a senior * Also played defensive back and returned kicks * Returned two punts and two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior * Had nine career interceptions, including four as a senior * Coached by Mickey Crocker * Member of the track team and was the state champion in the 400 meters as a junior * Attended the same high school as former Tar Heel standout and current UNC Assistant Athletic DirectorRick Steinbacher.

Kendall High
6-6, 250, Defensive End
Salisbury, N.C.
West Rowan High School

Three-year starter at West Rowan * Team was 8-3 as a sophomore, 12-2 and conference champs as a junior and 6-5 as a senior * Had 86 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hurries, an interception for a touchdown and three blocked kicks (one for TD, one for safety) as a senior * Selected to play in the East-West All-Star game * North Piedmont Conference Player of the Year * All-county, all-conference as a senior * Played basketball as a sophomore and junior, but did not play as a senior to prepare for college football * Coached by Scott Young.

Cedrick Holt
6-1, 180, Defensive Back
Wadesboro, N.C.
Anson County High School

Only played in one game as a senior due to a groin injury, but was still named to the Shrine Bowl * Was a four-year starter * One of the Charlotte Observer's Top 25 prospects in North Carolina * Rated the No. 37 prospect in North Carolina * Had an outstanding junior season starting at free safety * Made eight interceptions, broke up 19 passes and had 79 tackles * Scored five touchdowns as a wide receiver * Coached by Fred Davis.

Derrele Mitchell
6-4, 190, Wide Receiver
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Hargrave Military Academy
R.J. Reynolds High School

Played one year at Hargrave Military Academy in 2001 * Had 45 catches for 850 yards and eight touchdowns at Hargrave * Chosen for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team as a senior at Reynolds * Caught 24 passes for 549 yards and scored eight touchdowns as a senior * Also rushed for 174 yards on 15 carries, an average of 11.6 yards per carry * Returned 15 kicks for 500 yards, an average of 33.3 yards per return * Had two kickoff returns for touchdowns * 92 and 95 yards * Accumulated 1,223 all-purpose yards and 10 touchdowns * All-conference as a junior and senior * All-area selection as a senior * In his high school career, caught 56 passes for 1,347 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed 25 times for 199 yards * Also had three interceptions * Coached by Alex Mebane at Reynolds and Lonnie Messick at Hargrave * Leading scorer on basketball team that won the 4-A state championship as a junior * Named the basketball West Regional MVP in the playoffs * Also competed in the long jump and placed in the conference meet.

Brian Rackley
6-4, 230, Defensive End
Tallahassee, Fla.
Lawton Chiles High School

Three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines * Had 105 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six sacks, eight pass deflections and four forced fumbles as a senior * All-Big Bend first-team selection at defensive end * Selected to play in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game * Defensive captain of the Florida team * Coached by Mike Hickman.

Xavier Rainey
6-5, 230, Defensive End
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Southwest DeKalb High School

Had an outstanding senior season with 181 tackles, 52 tackles for losses, 13 sacks, caused five fumbles and recovered four fumbles * Honorable-mention all-state in Class 5-A * Rated the No. 23 prospect in Georgia by SuperPrep * Coached by Buck Godfrey.

Kyle Ralph
6-4, 280, Offensive Line
Cincinnati, Ohio
St. Xavier High School

Ranked among the top 25 offensive linemen in the country by several analysts * Three-year starter who played at center as a sophomore, guard as a junior and left tackle as a senior * Ranked as the No. 44 senior in the Midwest (six-state area) by SuperPrep * All-state and all-county as a senior * Played in Ohio's North-South All-Star Game * Invited to play in the Big 33 Game, matching Ohio's all-stars vs. Pennsylvania's all-stars * Helped lead St. Xavier to a 13-1 record as a senior and a berth in the state championship game * Team was runnerup in Ohio*s Division I, the state*s biggest schools * Will not turn 18 until next September * Started six games as a 14-year-old sophomore * Coached by Steve Rasso.

Mickey Rice
6-2, 265, Defensive Line
Union, S.C.
Union High School

Helped lead Union High School to a 40-5 record in three years as a starter on the defensive line, including the 3-A state championship as a sophomore and junior and state runner-up as a senior * Had 96 tackles, 18 tackles for losses, six sacks and 20 quarterback pressures as a senior * Caused four fumbles, recovered two fumbles, and intercepted one pass for a touchdown * Had two sacks in the Shrine Bowl * Member of the Charlotte Observer*s top 25 prospects in the South Carolina * Named one of South Carolina's Elite 11 prospects * Named all-state as a senior and all-region for three years * All-Spartanburg area as a junior and senior * Had 84 tackles, eight tackles for loss, six sacks, six caused fumbles, two recovered fumbles and 18 pressures as a junior * Had over 150 career tackles * Member of the Beta Club * Coached by Mike Anthony.

Tommy Richardson
6-3, 205, Defensive Back
Miami, Fla.
North Miami Beach High School

Three-year starter at defensive back and wide receiver * North Miami Beach had its best three years ever while he was on the team, including an 8-2 record as a senior * Team captain as a junior and senior * Made 76 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and one fumble recovery as a senior defensive back * Had 23 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns as a wide receiver * Also blocked four field goals * Rated the No. 51 prospect in Florida by SuperPrep * Had 143 career tackles, 52 assists, five interceptions, six sacks and 28 tackles for loss * Second-team all-state as a senior * Ranked among the Top 100 prospects in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel * All-county as a senior * Student Body President * Coached by Jeff Bertani * Also plays basketball.

Rashaad Tindall
6-4, 195, Defensive Back
Wilmington, N.C.
Laney High School

Played safety and wide receiver * Helped lead Laney High School to an 15-1 record and a berth in the 4-A state championship game * Team was the state 4-A runner-up * Had 50 tackles, 10 tackles for losses and two interceptions on defense as a senior * Had 15 catches for 300 yards and eight touchdowns * Did not play football until his junior season, instead concentrating on basketball * Rated the No. 30 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep * Coached by Craig Pendergraft * Was the basketball team's MVP as a junior * Averaged 20 points and 14 rebounds that season.

D.J. Walker
6-1, 170, Running Back
Pisgah Forest, N.C.
Brevard High School

Played only two years of prep football * Rated the No. 25 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep * Had back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons * Carried 168 times for 1,140 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior despite a knee injury that caused him to miss two games and limited his action in others * Rushed 255 times for 1,946 yards as a junior * Had 2,246 total yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior * Made 45 tackles and had three interceptions as a junior and did not play on defense as a senior * Two-time all-conference and all-area selection * Helped lead Brevard to a 10-3 record as a junior and a 10-2 record as a senior * Had 423 career carries for 3,086 yards and scored 37 touchdowns * Finished his high school career with 3,506 total yards of offense * Coached by Dan Essenberg * Also participated in track and basketball.

Jacoby Watkins
6-1, 190, Cornerback
Laurinburg, N.C.
Scotland High School

Played on North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team and had an outstanding showing * Rated the No. 31 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep * One of the Charlotte Observer's Top 25 players in North Carolina * Made 68 tackles and had three interceptions as a senior * Returned two of those interceptions for touchdowns * WWillie McNeill * Also competed in track * Coached by Mark Barnes.

Chris Woods
6-5, 280, Offensive Line
Columbia, S.C.
Irmo High School

Two-year starter at left offensive tackle * Played in the North-South South Carolina All-Star Game * All-area, all-region and all-state as a senior * Paved the way for two 1,000-yard tailbacks as a senior * Team was regional champs and advanced to the first round of the South Carolina 4-A state playoffs * Also wrestles in the heavyweight classification * Has a 31-inch vertical leap * Coached by Bob Hanna.

David Wooldridge
6-3, 185, Place-kicker/Punter
Advance, N.C.
Davie High School

Made all-state as a punter and a place-kicker as a senior * All-Northwest Region and all-conference selection as a junior and senior * Made 28 of 34 career field goals and 58 of 61 career point after attempts * Averaged 44.5 yards per punt, made 12 of 17 field goals and 37 of 39 extra points as a senior * Did not miss a field goal (12 for 12) under 45 yards as a senior * Was a perfect 10 of 10 in field goal attempts as a junior * Longest field goal was a 49-yarder as a junior * Also booted a 45-yarder as a senior * Team was 9-2 and tied for the conference championship as a senior * Coached by Doug Illing.

Victor Worsley
6-2, 220, Linebacker
Battleboro, N.C.
North Edgecombe High School

Rated the 10th-best senior and No. 2 linebacker in North Carolina by SuperPrep * Named to the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team * Four-year starter at linebacker * Also played fullback * Had 140 tackles as a senior and 495 tackles in his high school career * Averaged 16 tackles per game as a senior * One of the Charlotte Observer*s Top 25 prospects in North Carolina * Made 25 tackles for loss for 88 yards * Rushed 125 times for 886 yards and 22 touchdowns * Three-time all-conference and all-area performer * Named the Area Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior * Two-time all-state at linebacker * Team advanced to the playoffs every year, including an appearance in the state championship game his freshman season * Coached by Raymond Cobb * Played basketball for three years.

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