Meet The Signing Day Class Of 2007

As each player faxes their Letter of Intent to the UNC football office, we'll be adding them to this page. Each recruit's name is linked to their bio, which includes comprehensive feature stories, interviews, scouting notes, photos, exclusive video highlights, etc.

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MARVIN AUSTIN
6-3, 295
Defensive Tackle
Washington, D.C.
Ballou

SuperPrep All-America • Parade AllAmerica • Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl • Defensive Player of the Year according to recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Considered the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country by PrepStar • Ranked the No. 2 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 1 player in the Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep • Earned all-metro honors from The Washington Post • Transferred from Coolidge High School to Ballou for his senior season and led team to the DC I-AA championship • Had 85 tackles, including 14 for losses and 17 sacks, as a senior • Had 26 tackles for losses and 29 sacks during final two season in high school • Coached by Moses Ware • Son of Donna Johnson • Born Jan. 1, 1989.

CHARLES BROWN
5-10, 190
Wide Receiver
Maple Heights, Ohio
Maple Heights Senior

Caught 37 passes for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior • Versatile player who also saw time at running back, cornerback and safety and returned kicks and punts • Played at the same high school as UNC?tight end Richard Quinn • Maple Heights finished 9-2 and ranked among the top 10 in Division II in Ohio • Caught five passes for 130 yards in the first half against state runner-up Mentor High School before an injury forced him to miss the second half • Coached by Jeff Rotsky • Son of Lisa and Charles Brown Sr. • Born Feb. 7, 1989.

KEVIN BRYANT
6-7, 375
Offensive Lineman
Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
Anderson

Ranked the No. 27 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-Southeast Team • Ranked the No. 34 player in Florida by SuperPrep • Called the "biggest and "strongest Division 1-A recruit in Florida" by SuperPrep • Had 56 pancake blocked and did not allow a sack all season for Anderson High School, which went 9-3 his season season • Graded out over 80 percent as a senior on the offensive line • Earned first-team all-state honors in class 6A • Started on both sides of the ball for Hallandale High School as a junior • Coached by Mark James.

BRUCE CARTER
6-3, 210
Athlete
Havelock, N.C.
Havelock

Enrolled in January after sitting out last semester with a knee injury • 2006: SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 8 skill athlete in the country and the No. 7 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 14 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Played quarterback, safety and running back in high school • Ran the ball from the quarterback position more than he threw it, gaining 1,063 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns on the ground • Also passed for 585 yards and five scores as a senior • Threw for nearly 700 yards and rushed for approximately 850 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Charlie Smith • Also played basketball • Son of Tammy and Bruce Pritchard • Born February 19, 1988.

ALBERT CRADDOCK
6-2, 200
Linebacker
High Point, N.C.
SW Guilford

Ranked the No. 11 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-Southeast Team • Made 65 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions as a senior on defense • Returned one interception for a touchdown • Named all-area as a senior • Nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl • Also produced 917 yards rushing and scored 11 TDs as a running back on offense • Averaged 48.8 yards per kickoff return • Rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns in eight games as a junior • Coached by Bryan Davis • Also participated in track and field and basketball • Born Dec. 7, 1987.

MIKE DYKES
6-4, 275
Offensive Lineman
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Woodland Hills

Ranked among the top 30 players in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 62 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com • Named second-team AP?all-state honors in the 4A classification • Named first-team all-conference by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • Named to the Tribune East Fab 22 • Selected to play in the East-West all-star game • Helped lead team to a 10-3 record as a junior and also had 25 tackles as a defensive lineman • Coached by George Novak • Three-sport star who also plays basketball and track • Son of Sharon Dykes • Born May 10, 1989.

LINWAN EUWELL
6-2, 210
Linebacker/Defensive End
Pinetops, N.C.
SE Edgecombe

Ranked the No. 20 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-Southeast Team • Earned area defensive player of the year honors • Had 78 tackles, 11 sacks and 26 tackles for losses as a senior • Led a defense that limited opponents to 10.5 points and 193.8 total yards • Two-time first-team all-conference • Recorded 98 tackles, 27 tackles for losses and 12 sacks as a junior • Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Rocky Mount Telegram and Wilson Daily News • Coached by Raymond Cobb • Son of Elizabeth and Linwood Euwell • Born July 1, 1989.

LECOUNT FANTROY
5-11, 175
Defensive Back
Washington, D.C.
Milford Prep (NY)

Enrolled in January after spending one semester at Milford Academy in New York • Ranked the No. 28 player in the Mid-Atlantic, which includes Delaware, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland, by SuperPrep • Three-time all-conference selection • Washington Post All-Metro selection • As a senior, posted 53 tackles and had seven interceptions • Scored nine touchdowns, including five on special teams • Played quarterback, running back, defensive back and wide receiver in a playoff game as a senior • Coached by Noel Cyrus at Ballou and William Chaplick at Milford • Also ran track and played baseball • Son of Lisa and LeCount Fantroy • Born October 24, 1988.

CARL GASKINS
6-5, 265
Offensive Lineman
Melbourne, Fla.
Palm Bay

Ranked among the top 100 prospects in Florida by the Orland Sentinel • Earned first-team all-state honors in the 5A classification by the Florida Sportswriters Association • Also named first-team All-Space Coast • Played in Florida's North-South All-Star Game • Also played in the Central Florida All-Star Game • Coached by Dan Burke • Son of Carl Gaskins Sr. • Born July 13, 1989.

BRIAN GUPTON
6-3, 190
Wide Receiver/Athlete
Nashville, Tenn.
Pearl-Cohn

Helped lead Pearl-Cohn High School to a 10-4 record and the semifinals of the state playoffs • Had 478 yards receiving and three touchdowns • Averaged 31.9 yards per reception as a senior • Picked off four passes on the defensive side of the ball • Teammate of Rashad Mason • Coached by Tony Brunetti • Also runs track • Son of Toni and John Gupton-Knight • Born April 18, 1988.

CAMERON HOLLAND
6-2, 275
Offensive Lineman
Pittsburgh, Pa.
Perry Traditional

Ranked among the top 30 players in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 79 offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com • Named first-team 3A all-state by the Associated Press • Named Harrisburg Patriot-News "Platinum 33" team • First-team all-city honors as a senior • Earned All-WPIAL honors as a junior • Helped lead team to an 11-2 record and a city-league title • Had 47 pancake blocks as a senior • Coached by Bill Gallagher • Also participates in track and field • Son of Turley Holland • Born March 26, 1989.

RYAN HOUSTON
6-2, 245
Running Back
Matthews, N.C.
Butler

SuperPrep All-America • Considered the No. 9 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 20 running back in the country by Scout.com • Member of Tom Lemming's All-America team • Member of the Rivals250 all-star team • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Named to the East-Meets-West National All-Star Game • Rushed 377 times as a senior for 2,219 yards and 32 touchdowns • Became the all-time leading rusher and touchdown maker in Mecklenburg County, which includes the city of Charlotte • As a junior, rushed for 1,910 yards and 34 touchdowns as Butler went 10-3 • Earned all-area honors as a junior and senior • Averaged more than seven yards per carry in his career • Coached by Mike Newsome • Averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds as a forward on the basketball team • Son of Kim Singleton and Anthony Houston • Born July 23, 1989.

DWIGHT JONES
6-5, 210
Wide Receiver
Burlington, N.C.
Cummings

SuperPrep All-America • Parade AllAmerica • Ranked the No. 1 player in North Carolina and the No. 11 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 3 wide receiver in the country by PrepStar • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Four-year starter at Cummings, four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-area selection • Also played defensive back his first two seasons • Had 112 receptions, 2,315 yards and 20 TDs over the last two seasons, including 67 for 1,396 yards and 12 TDs as a senior to help his team to the state 2-A title • Caught 45 passes for 919 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior • Had nine interceptions as a freshman • Coached by Steve Johnson • Also plays basketball and has led Cummings to two state titles • Son of Deborah and Dwight Jones, Sr. • Born Jan. 1, 1989.

GREG LITTLE
6-3, 210
Wide Receiver
Durham, N.C.
Hillside

SuperPrep All-America • USA?Today All-America selection • Ranked the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 6 athlete in the country by SuperPrep • Member of Tom Lemming's All-America team • Has been hailed by most recruiting analysts as "the most versatile player in the country" • Excelled at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker, safety and cornerback while helping Hillside to a 10-3 finish • As a senior, had 55 catches for 969 yards and nine touchdowns as a receiver, 800 yards on 140 carries and 14 touchdowns as a running back and four interceptions on defense • Returned one interception for a touchdown • Named the Gatorade Player of the Year in North Carolina • All-conference selection • Coached by Ray Harrison • Also competed in basketball and track and field • Son of Gail and Gregory Little • Born May 30, 1989.

RASHAD MASON
6-5, 215
Wide Receiver
Nashville, Tenn.
Pearl-Cohn

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 6 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 2 player in Tennessee by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 14 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com and the No. 18 wide receiver by Rivals • Finished his senior season with 26 catches for 610 yards and 13 touchdowns as Pearl-Cohn High School went 10-4 and advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs • Earned all-region, all-mid state and all-state honors as a senior • Missed his junior season due to injuries from a car accident • Is a childhood friend of UNC basketball player Brandan Wright • Teammate of Brian Gupton • Coached by Tony Brunetti • Son of Mailena Benson • Born January 25, 1989.

MATT MERLETTI
5-11, 185
Athlete
Cleveland, Ohio
St. Ignatius

Played running back, receiver and defensive back at St. Ignatius • Rushed for 1,113 yards, averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored 12 touchdowns before suffering a toe injury late in the season • Team won its first six games before Merletti injured his toe • Averaged 10.6 yards on 16 receptions and made three interceptions • Named first-team All-Northeast Lakes district • Also competes in track • Was a ball boy for the Cleveland Browns when Butch Davis was Cleveland's head coach • Son of Patricia and Lew Merletti, the Browns chief administrative officer • Coached by Chuck Kyle • Born July 18, 1988.

MIKE PAULUS
6-5, 220
Quarterback
Syracuse, N.Y.
Christian Brothers Academy

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 1 player in New York by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 7 quarterback in the country by PrepStar • Named the New York state Gatorade Player of the Year • Member of Tom Lemming's All-America team • Ranked the No. 10 quarterback in the country by Scout.com • Considered the No. 15 quarterback in the country by SuperPrep • Completed 58 percent of his passes for 2,304 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior • Led team to an 11-1 record as a junior, falling in the state semifinals • Completed 131 of 234 attempts for 2,084 yards and 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions • Earned third-team all-state honors as a junior • Coached by Joe Casamente • His brother, Greg, plays point guard for Duke's basketball team • Brothers David, Matt and Danny played football at Georgetown where his other brother, Chris, is a linebacker • Son of Denise and David Paulus • Born October 12, 1988.

ZACK PIANALTO
6-4, 215
H-Back
Springdale, Ark.
Springdale

Enrolled in January after graduating early from Springdale High School • Considered the No. 10 player in Arkansas by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 20 tight end in the country by Scout.com • Helped lead Springdale to the 5A state championship as a junior • Had 14 receptions for 337 yards and three touchdowns as a junior despite mainly being used as a blocker • Caught 12 passes for 141 yards as a senior • Missed all but two games as a senior with a broken collarbone • From the same hometown as head coach Butch Davis • Coached by Kevin Johnson at Springdale • Son of Sherri and Kenneth Pianalto • Born May 27, 1989.

TYDREKE POWELL
6-3, 290
Defensive Tackle
Ahoskie, N.C.
Hertford County

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 3 player in North Carolina and the No. 10 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com • Considered the No. 6 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team • Named Lemming's No. 27 player in the country • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Three-years starter who never missed a game • Two-time all-state team member • Earned Player of the Year honors in his conference as a senior after making 114 tackles and 13 sacks • Helped lead Hertford to a an 11-2 record and the second round of the 3-A state playoffs • Was among the state leaders in sacks as a junior with 11 • Coached by Greg Watford • Also played basketball • Son of Rita Powell • Born June 14, 1988.

DEVON RAMSAY
6-2, 240
Running Back/Athlete
Red Bank, N.J.
Lawrenceville Prep

Ranked the No. 6 fullback by Rivals • Rushed for 1,078 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior • Trenton-Times all-area team member • Posed 42 tackles, six sacks and an interception on defense • Lawrenceville Prep won its final four regular season games and finished with an overall record of 5-4 • Coached by Ken Mills • Son of Sharon Lee and Devon Ramsay • Born December 8, 1988.

DA'NORRIS SEARCY
6-0, 200
Safety
Decatur, Ga.
Towers

Two way standout at both defensive back and running back at Towers High School • Ranked the No. 17 player in Georgia by SuperPrep • Recorded 71 tackles, including 21 solo stops, eight tackles for losses and three sacks, as a senior • Rushed for 1,607 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior • Had 707 rushing yards and seven touchdowns as a junior • Posted 41 tackles, 18 primary hits and 12 tackles for losses in seven games as a junior • Coached by Phillip Noble • Son of Tracy and Donald Searcy • Born Nov. 16, 1988.

JONATHAN SMITH
6-2, 200
Linebacker/Safety
Durham, N.C.
Hillside

Considered among the top 25 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Collected 216 career tackles, 19 sacks and seven interceptions • Posted 118 tackles with seven sacks and 11 tackles for losses as a senior • Made four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns • Earned all-state honors as a senior • Had 97 tackles, 11 tackles for losses and four sacks as a junior • Ranked the No. 33 weakside linebacker in the country by Scout.com • Coached by Ray Harrison • Son of Princess Smith • Born Sept. 28, 1989.

QUAN STURDIVANT
6-3, 225
Linebacker
Oakboro, N.C.
West Stanly

Enrolled in January after graduating early from West Stanly high school • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-Southeast Team • Earned conference offensive player of the year honors as a senior • Played quarterback for most of his career, and also spent time at safety on defense • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Completed 99 of 179 passes for 1,794 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed 111 times for 745 yards • Had 12 tackles, one interception and two pass breakups on defense • Helped lead West Stanly to a 9-4 record and the second round of the 2-A state playoffs • Earned all-state honors twice and all-conference honors three times • Coached by Rich Williams • Son of Marcella Sturdivant • Born Dec. 5, 1988.

JAY WOOTEN
6-3, 180
Kicker/Punter
Laurinburg, N.C.
Scotland County

Has the ability to kickoff, punt and kick field goals • Ranked the No. 17 place-kicker in the country by Scout.com • Ranked among the top 35 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-Southeast Team • Four-year starter • Averaged 38 yards per punts and converted 7 of 14 field goals and 40 of 44 extra-point attempts as a senior • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Earned all-state honors • Made 8 of 13 FG attempts, including a 48-yarder, as a junior • Nearly 75 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks • Made four game-winning field goals as a junior • Coached by Mark Barnes • Son of Jerry and Jim Wooten • Born April 5, 1988.







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