UNC FB Recruiting Board

Position by position at 2003 depth and recruiting needs and targets.


 03 Depth Chart: Darian Durant- Jr., C.J. Stephens - Sr., Matt Baker - So.


Needs: Seeking two as none were signed in 2002. Because UNC has two commitments already, recruiting at this position is, for all intents and purposes, done.




Nick Cangelosi (6-4, 215, 4.7, NJ) - 2300 yards and 25 touchdowns as a junior. Cangelosi has an extremely quick release. He has drawn comparisons to NFL prototype passers Dan Marino and Brett Favre. Cangelosi committed to UNC over offers from BC, VAT, IA, RUT, MN, VANDY.

Insiders Rank: #22 QB


Roger Heinz (6-1, 190, 4.6, FL) - 2500 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior. Heinz draws comparisons to sharp, smart college passers Drew Brees and Major Applewhite. Heinz camped at UNC. He committed to UNC over offers from AL, CL, MD, SC, WF, CINCY, LOUIS, USF

Insiders Rank: #62 QB




Depth Charts 03

1. TB – Rikki Cook - So., Andre Williams - Sr., Wille Parker - Sr., Jacque Lewis- Jr., Chas Scott - Jr., Mahlon Carey -  Rs-Fr. (TB/S), D.J..Walker - Rs-Fr. (TB/S)

2. FB – Madison Hedgecock -  Jr., James Gibson - Jr., James Faison - Sr.

3. FS - Dexter Reid - Sr. (NFL?), Michael Harris - Sr., Bryant Macklin - Jr.

4. SS – Chris Curry - Jr., Tommy Richardson - Rs-Fr., Rashad Tindall - Rs-Fr.

5. CB – Michael Waddell - Sr. (NFL?), Derrick Johnson - Sr., Chris Hawkins - Jr., Cedric Holt - Rs-Fr., Jacoby Watkins - Rs-Fr.


Needs: Given the depth chart for 03, as listed above, it is easy to see why UNC is seeking a TB only if he is really, really special, or possibly if he could also project to the S spot. A FB would be a luxury pick up given UNC's other needs and limited numbers, but if none are added FB will be a prime need in 04. A top S could be necessary if it looks like Reid will go pro early. Need at CB will be bigger if Waddell goes pro, but the early success of Holt and Watkins makes this less of need than it seemed to be a couple of months back.




Bryan Bethea (5-9, 175, 4.45, NC) - TB/CB prospect. Bethea committed to UNC in the spring. Rushed for 1400 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Insiders Rank: #86 S


Quinton Person (5-10, 175, 4.48, NC) - Rushed for 1500 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. Person committed to UNC over offers from VA, MD, WF and ECU. He camped at UNC.

Insiders Rank: #89 RB


S/RB Targets:

1. Terrance Graves (6-2, 210, 4.5, OH) – Big-time RB averaged 170 yards/game as a junior. Offers from UNC, CLEM, SC, CINCY and LOUIS. UNC is his current favorite. Says he wants to come South and is not considering the Northern/local schools.

Insiders Rank: #20 S

2. Marcus Mason (5-9, 200, 4.4, MD) - TB/S prospect in the mold of current Maryland Terrapin Bruce Perry. UNC has offered.

3. Jarrett Meadors (6-2, 225, 4.5, NC) - ARK has offered this TB/FB prospect. Meadors came to UNC for academic day.


CB Targets:

1. LaBrose Hedgemon (5-10, 180, 4.45, AL) – Hedgemon is the former teammate of current Tar Heel Danny Rumley. He camped at UNC.  His nickname is "spiderman." He had nine interceptions. Offers from UNC, LSU, ARK, AUB, CLEM, MISST, WV, MISS, NCSU, OREST, COL, VANDY, IND, ND.

Insiders Rank: #26 CB

 2. Demetrice Webb (6-0, 180, 4.4, FL) - Offers from FL, FSU, MIA, LSU, UNC, TN, VA. Webb is considered a long-shot to come to UNC.

Insiders Rank: #3 CB

3. Ambrose Wooden (6-1, 185, 4.3, MD) - Has "narrowed" his list to STAN, UCLA, USC, ND, MD, VAT, PSU and UNC. He is a QB/CB/S prospect that threw for 1000 yards and 9 touchdowns and rushed for 1300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Insiders Rank: #11 CB




03 Depth Chart: Brandon Russell - Jr., Jawarski Pollock - So., Ian Firestone - Rs-Fr., Derrele Mitchell - Rs-Fr., Danny Rumley - So., Daunte Fields - Rs-Fr. (WR/S), Michael Gilmore - Rs-Fr. (WR/S)


Needs: With recent losses what was once viewed as a luxury has become more of a necessity. Look for 2 to be added



03 Depth Chart: Brandon Russell - Jr., Jawarski Pollock - So., Ian Firestone - Rs-Fr., Derrele Mitchell - Rs-Fr., Danny Rumley - So., Daunte Fields - Rs-Fr. (WR/S), Michael Gilmore - Rs-Fr. (WR/S)


Needs: With recent losses what was once viewed as a luxury has become more of a necessity. Look for 2 to be added.



Mike Mason (6-0, 180, 4.4, NC) - 56 catches, 975 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. Committed to UNC very early - March. Mason is a consensus top 100 pick nationally.

Insiders Rank: #14 WR



1. Chad Jackson (6-0, 180, 4.4, AL) – Another former teammate of current Heel Danny Rumley. FL leads pretty big over SU, AUB, AL, TN, LSU, and UNC. He had 70 catches for 1407 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior.

Insiders Rank: #1 WR

2. Adarius Bowman (6-3, 205, 4.45, TN) - 47 catches, 1300 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. He has offers from UNC, MISS, ARK, TN, ND, WF, SC, VANDY, CL, AUB. Currently says UNC leads and is recruiting him the hardest.

Insiders Rank: #15 WR

3. Emmanuel Byers (5-8, 166, 4.5, NC) – Byers had 52 catches, 800 yards and 10 touchdowns; 7 interceptions on D. Offers from UNC, CL, VA, TN, VAT, WF.

Insiders Rank: #57 WR

4. Travis Lee (6-1, 170, 4.6, NC) - 33 catches, 833 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lee has offers from GA, SC, CL, UNC.

Insiders Rank: #52 WR


03 Depth Chart: Bobby Blizzard - Sr., Brian Chacos - So., Lewis Burnham - Rs-Fr.

Needs: One per year is the goal to satisfy depth, but a second could be added this year due to the fact that Chacos, Hamlet and Burnham have the potential to grow into OLs down the road.



John Hamlet (6-5, 255, 4.9, VA) - 22 catches, 353 yards and 1 touchdown. Camped at UNC. Committed to UNC over offers from MD and VAT. FL and MD are continuing to recruit. TE/OL type.

Insiders Rank: #54 TE (note: Rivals has him at #15)



1. Jon Stupar (6-5, 250, 4.8, PA) – Stupar had 30 catches for 360 yards and 8 touchdowns on offense; seven sacks on D. Stupar is  a TE/DE type. Offers from all of the Big East (except MIA), all the ACC (except CL) and all the Big 10 (except PSU).  Stupar came to UNC on unofficial visit this summer. He plans on visiting again for Texas game. Stupar as "narrowed" his list to VA, FSU, UCLA, UNC, MD, BC, IA and ASU.

Insiders Rank: #7 TE

2. John Kinzer (6-3, 255, 4.8, VA) -  A TE/DE/OL prospect. Offers from UNC, OSU, PITT, VA and VAT.

Insiders Rank: #29 TE


03 Depth Charts:

RT: Willie McNeill - Jr., Jonas Seawright - Jr., Drew Hunter - So.

RG: Jeb Terry - Sr., Arthur Smith - So., Chris Woods - Rs-Fr.

C: Jason Brown - Jr., Steven Bell - So., Whit Efird - Rs-Fr.

LG: Jupiter Wilson - Sr., Kyle Ralph - So.,

LT: Skip Seagraves - Jr., Justin Barton - Jr.

Needs: UNC definately looking to upgrade in quanity and quality. Expect 4 or 5 fresh faces in 03


Scott Lenahan (6-1, 295, 5.0) - Very strong (29 reps of 225 lbs) and quick (4.42 shuttle). Camped at UNC.
Insiders Rank: #37 DT

1. Eric Young (6-4, 270, 4.7, SC) - The nation's best OL and a former HS teammate of current Heel Mickey Rice. SC leads big right now over CL, TN, UNC and VA.
Insiders Rank: #1 OL
2. John Sullivan (6-4, 275, 5.0, CT) - Offers from UNC, MIA, PSU, ND, MD, BC, SYR, PITT, VA, VAT. He took an unofficial summer visit to UNC. He is a friend of current Tar Heel Brian Chacos.
Insiders Rank: #8 OL
3. Tripp Carroll (6-5, 295, 5.0, NC) - 390lb bench, 515 squat. Carroll has ffers from UNC, VAT, MIA, OSU, TN, GA, FL, VA. VAT holds the current edge. He took an unofficial visit to UNC this summer.
Insiders Rank: #11 OL
4. Donnie Woods (6-5, 295, 5.0, OH) – Woods has offers from FSU, LSU, UNC, OKL, TN, SC. UNC in his current top 5, plans on visiting for the TX game.
Insiders Rank: #20 OL
5. Kyndreas Guy (6-3, 265, 5.1, NC) – He has offers from CL, NCSU, UNC, WF. Camped at UNC. OL/DT type who could be given first shot at DT if he so chooses.
6."A" - (6-5, 280, 4.8 ) – A Sleeper DE/OT type who impressed UNC coaches in camp and came on unofficial visit for academic day. He has great physical attributes, but has played only one year of HS football thus far.
7. Shelton Bynum (6-4, 305, 5.3, GA) – Bynum is a former teammate of 02 UNC key targets Marcus McNeill and Jon Palmer. Lists UNC, GA, CLEM, GAT and AUB. No word on offers at this stage. Bynum came to UNC for unofficial on academic day.
8. Steven Justice (6-4, 260, 5.2, FL) – Justice has offers from PSU, SOMISS and WF. He is the brother of current Tar Heel Doug Justice. Camped at UNC, and he came to UNC for unofficial visit for academic day.


03 Depth Chart:
NT: Donti Coates - Sr, Carl Smalls - Jr, Mickey Rice- Rs-Fr.
RT: Chase Page - Jr, Kendall High - Rs-Fr. 

Needs: UNC would like to add two.


1. Nate Robinson (6-4, 300, 4.9, NJ) – He has recently "narrowed" his list to MIA, RUT, VAT, MICHST, UNC, MD, PITT, TN and KST from over 30 offers. He recorded 80 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior.

Insiders Rank: #1 DT

2. Isaiah Thomas (6-4, 270, 5.0, NC) – Thomas has offers from UNC, NEB, MICH, OSU, ND, TN, NCSU. Camped at UNC. UNC currently leading.

Insiders Rank: #35 DT

3. Demarcus Tyler (6-3, 315, 5.1, NC) – Nicknamed "Tank," he has offers from UNC, TN, NCSU. Tyler camped at UNC.

Insiders Rank: #75 DT

4. Conrad Bolston (6-3, 265, 5.0, MD) – Bolston has offers from UNC, MD, BC, MICH, ND, VA, WV. Came to UNC on unofficial visit in late July.

Insiders Rank: #14 DT


03 Depth Chart
SSDE: Isaac Mooring - Sr., Jermicus Banks – Jr.., Brian Rackley - Rs-Fr., Xavier Rainey - Rs-Fr.
WSDE: Will Chapman - Sr., Jocques Dumas - Jr., Tommy Davis - So., Alden Blizzard -Rs-Fr.

Needs: Two were the goal, and UNC has secured two commitments thus far. A third will be added only if elite or if one or more of the DE commitments can eventually slide down to DT.


Marcus Hands (6-6, 250, 4.7, NC) – Hands was an early spring commitment to UNC. Consensus national top 250 player. He is the teammate of current Tar Heel Rashaad Tindall. Camped at UNC.
Insiders Rank: #32 DE

Terry Hunter (6-4, 240, 4.7, NC) – Hunter committed to UNC over offers from NCSU, TN and WF. Consensus national top 250 player. Camped at UNC.

Insiders Rank: #30 DE

1. Mario Williams (6-6, 250, 4.6) – Williams has offers from TN, ND, UNC and NCSU. UNC is a long shot currently.
Insiders Rank: #4 DE
2. Chris Ellis (6-6, 250, 4.7) – Ellis camped at UNC and came to UNC for academic day. VA and VAT have offered.
Insiders Rank: #22 DE
3. Elijah Robinson (6-3, 255, 4.7, NJ) - Offers from MIA, WV, VA, MD and


03 Depth Chart:

SAM: Jeff Longhany - So., Dev Bullard- Jr., Clarence Gaddy - Jr.

MIKE: Doug Justice - So., Victor Worsley - Rs-Fr.

WILL: Clay Roberson - Sr.


Needs: Three or four quality prospects are sought



Melik Brown (6-2, 228, 4.6, NJ) - Signed with 2002 and is attending prep school in VA in 02 to shore up academics.



1. Joe Kedra (6-4, 225, 4.7, NJ) - Teammate of UNC commitment Nick Cangelosi. He had an amazing 189 tackles last year. Took an unofficial visit to UNC this summer. Offers from UNC, PSU, NEB, BC, IA, MD, RUT, Va, VAT. UNC, ND and PSU are the co-leaders.

Insiders Rank: #55

2. Jermaine Dias (6-4, 235, 4.6, NJ) - OLB/DE type. Dias has offers from UNC, MICH, MICHSt, WISC, RUT, PSU, PITT, MD, SYR, VA. He recently visited UNC unoffically.

Insiders Rank: #15 DE

3. Kory Gedin (6-2, 235, 4.6, MD) – Had 170 tackles as a junior. He has offers from UNC, GAT, MD and WF. UNC currently leads.

Insiders Rank: #56

4. Vince Hall (6-1, 240, 4.7, VA) - 11 sacks as a junior. He has offers from BC, CL, MD, UNC, PSU, PITT, SC, SYR, TN, VA, VAT. UNC tied for the lead with MD, PSU, TN and VAT currently.

Insiders Rank: #11

5. Ryan Brown (6-2, 240, 4.6, SC) – He had 74 tackles as a junior. Offers from SC, CL, FL, NCSU, UNC, PSU, TN. UNC on the outside looking in.

Insiders Rank: #14

6. Fred Sparkman (6-1, 220, 4.6, TN) – Sparkman recorded 62 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior.  He has offers from UNC and VANDY. He is a LB/FB type.


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