Recruiting Analysis: Linebacker

If you check Inside Carolina's Recruiting Board each day, you already have an accurate and updated overview of UNC's recruiting efforts. Now, get a closer look as IC updates its position-by-position board breakdown.

Linebacker

2006 Depth Chart 
Strongside
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
32Larry Edwards 6-2 235Sr/Sr 59
56Garrett White 6-2 235So/So NR
51Wesley Flagg 6-0 215Fr/Fr NR
Middle
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
41 Mark Paschal 6-0225 So/So 80 (RB)
54 Victor Worsley 6-1235Gr/Sr 44
43Trey Brenner* 6-0 220So/So NR
55Logan Buchanan 6-1 215Fr/Fr NR
Weakside
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
48Durrell Mapp 6-2 225Jr/Jr NR
44Chase Rice 6-3 215Jr/So 76
21Martel Thatch 6-2 215Jr/Jr 47 (S)
36Kennedy Tinsley 6-0 210So/Fr NR

UNC loses two players off the depth chart to graduation following each of the next two seasons, so this is an important position of need. Holdovers from the 2006 recruiting class who plan to enroll in January will address part of the issue, while the Tar Heels' coaching staff hope to sign two linebacker prospects from the 2007 class.

UNC already has a soft pledge from Albert Craddock, a Scout.com four-star recruit and the 21st ranked linebacker in the nation. An commitment from Quan Sturdivant -- which seems likely -- would finish UNC's recruiting efforts at linebacker.  

Bruce Carter
6'3" 205 lbs. 4.50
Havelock (N.C.) High School


Carter Signed with UNC last February, but won't enroll until January 2007 to allow his knee to heal.

A Scout.com three-star prospect, Carter was the 64th ranked linebacker in the nation last year by Scout.com.

A gifted athlete, Carter played mostly quarterback in high school. A lot will be determined on how long it takes him to learn a new position.

During his senior season at Havelock, Carter scored 15 all-purpose touchdowns and totaled over 1,500 combined passing and rushing yards.

Albert Craddock
6'2" 200 lbs. 4.60
High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford High School


A Scout.com four-star prospect, Craddock is the 21st ranked linebacker in the nation by Scout.com

Craddock verbally committed to UNC after receiving a scholarship offer during a junior day. He says is still exploring all of his options, however, and currently holds offers from Auburn, NC State, Texas, and Virginia Tech.

Craddock excels when he's in pursuit of the ball carrier, he is extremely fast and takes good angles. At the high school level, he's a man among boys.

During his junior season at Southwest Guilford, Craddock earned all-county and all-conference honors for his play at both tailback and linebacker. On offense, Craddock rushed 143 times for 1,070 yards [7.4-yard average] and ten touchdowns.

Jarrell Miller
6'2" 260 lbs. 4.65
Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy


Miller was on campus working out with his North Carolina teammates this summer, but family concerns have forced him to leave Chapel Hill and enroll at Fork Union Military Academy for the fall semester. Miller is expected back in January.

Last year, Miller, a Scout.com four-star prospect, was the 11th ranked linebacker in the nation.

A hard hitting linebacker, Miller plays with great lateral moment.

As a senior, Miller helped lead Highland Springs (Va.) High School to an 8-3 record as he accumulated 99 tackles including a school record 17 for a loss.

Targets With Offers
Quan Sturdivant

6'3" 220 lbs. 4.50 Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanly High School
Sturdivant has toyed with the notion of committing to UNC over the last few months. He has decided to take official visits to Florida and UNC before finalizing his collegiate decision, though the Tar Heels are strongly in the lead here, according to IC's sources.

An athlete in every sense of the word, on defense Sturdivant reads plays very well.

Recruited by: Dave Brock


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