Recruiting Analysis: Offensive Backfield

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 provides its annual position-by-position board breakdown.


2007 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
11Cam Sexton6-1 190Jr/So20
14B.J. Phillips 6-5245 So/Fr 76
13T.J. Yates 6-3205So/Fr 38
7Mike Paulus 6-5220 Fr/Fr 11

North Carolina returns its entire quarterback depth chart from last year and welcomes highly touted freshman Mike Paulus to their stable. However, senior Joe Dailey has moved to wide receiver.

Although UNC won't lose a scholarship quarterback to graduation for the next two seasons, the coaching staff still coveted a heralded quarterback for its 2008 class.

In mid-July, UNC received a verbal commitment from Braden Hanson, filling their quarterback need.

UNC only offered one other quarterback – E.J. Manuel, who pledged to Florida State. The Tar Heel staff auditioned several others at camp and where very interested in Casey Kelly of Sarasota (Fla.) and Zack Stoudt of Dublin (Ohio) Coffman, among others.

With the Hanson commitment in the fold, UNC is finished recruiting quarterbacks. However, the Tar Heels might add an athlete-type with passing abilities such as E.J. Abrams-Ward of Thomasville (N.C.) or A.J. Blue of Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston.

Braden Hanson
6'6" 190 lbs. 5.00
Charlotte (N.C.) Latin School

A four-star prospect, Hanson is the 16th ranked quarterback in the nation by

Hanson is UNC's most recent verbal commitment, pledging to John Shoop on July 10th. He chose the Tar Heels over scholarship offers from Colorado, Duke, Kansas State, Missouri, Rutgers, and Wisconsin.

A prototypical drop back passer, Hanson has a nice high release and throws with a lot of touch.

As a junior, Hanson led Charlotte Latin to a NCISAA State Championship. On the year, he completed 172-of-245 passes (70.2-percent) for over 2,695 yards and 39 touchdowns.


2007 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
26Richie Rich5-9190 Jr/So34
6Anthony Elzy 5-10 210So/Fr63
15Anothony Parker-Boyd 6-0195 So/FrNR
34Johnny White 5-10 190So/Fr41
32Ryan Houston 6-3270 Fr/Fr20
45Devon Ramsey 6-2 240Fr/Fr6 (FB)

Ronnie McGill [graduated] and Barrington Edwards [rules violations] are no longer on North Carolina's roster, leaving very little experience at tailback.

Regardless, the situation at tailback is very similar to that at quarterback: despite being packed with quantity and youth, the coaching staff is seeking a single highly touted prospect for the 2008 class.

Every tailback on scholarship for the 2007 season is of freshman eligibility with the exception of Richie Rich, who is a sophomore.

Additionally, incoming freshmen Devon Ramsey and Matt Merletti, who are currently listed as "athletes" on UNC's roster, could at some point find themselves in the UNC backfield.

Targets With Offers 
Vance King

6'1" 190 lbs. 4.45 Stockbridge (Ga.) High School
Almost 20 schools have extended offers to King, who doesn't claim any favorites. He plans to name a top five by the end of the summer. King has expressed interest in visiting UNC, but has yet to do so. He has, however, visited Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. King is a utility player that UNC feels could be a featured 'back. But, he could also end up in the secondary.
Darrell Scott

6'1" 205 lbs. 4.60 Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure HS
Currently, Scott holds the title of top tailback in the 2008 class. Thus, he has his choice of schools nationwide. Scott hasn't officially established a list of favorites, but Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, UCLA, and USC appear to be in the best shape. UNC, at this point, is considered a dark horse.
Martin Ward

5'9" 190 lbs. 4.75 Jonesboro (Ga.) Mount Zion HS
Last November, Ward verbally committed to Georgia, but has since retracted the pledge. Ward, who has also collected offers from Clemson, Florida and South Carolina, has restarted his recruitment back to step one and is not claiming any favorites. Ward camped at UNC in early June and enjoyed his short stay. He has also visited Clemson and South Carolina.
Jamal Womble

5'11" 215 lbs. 4.55 Buena (Ariz.) Sierra Vista High School
Womble camped at UNC in mid-July and a few days later was offered by the UNC staff. Immediately, UNC joined Nebraska and South Carolina on his favorites list. Womble, who doesn't have a leader, plans to make a verbal commitment after his official visits. He has scheduled official visits with both the Huskers (9/14) and Gamecocks (11/24), and has tentatively set up a date with UNC for 10/6.

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