Recruiting Analysis: Receivers

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.

Wide Receivers

2007 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
12Joe Dailey6-1 205Gr/Sr39 (QB)
1Brooks Foster 6-3200 Sr/Jr 59
87Brandon Tate 6-1190Jr/Jr NR
3Kenton Thornton 6-4225 Jr/So 37
88Hakeem Nicks6-1 210So/So33
20Brian Gupton 6-3190 Fr/Fr NR
8Greg Little 6-3210Fr/Fr 12
85Rashad Mason 6-5210 Fr/Fr 14

UNC said goodbye to four-year contributor Jesse Holley and hello to a very talented duo of freshman receivers – Scout.com four-star prospects Greg Little and Rashad Mason. Additionally, fellow incoming freshmen Charles Brown, Brian Gupton, and Matt Merletti, who are both listed as athletes on UNC's roster, could potentially lineup at wideout.

Also, former quarterback Joe Dailey joined the corps, while Anthony Parker-Boyd was converted to tailback.

UNC will lose three receivers in the next two years – Dailey, Brooks Foster, and Brandon Tate.

The Tar Heels actually signed a third receiver last February, Dwight Jones. However, he failed to qualify and will prep a semester at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy. Jones is expected to honor his pledge to UNC and enroll in January.

In addition to Jones, UNC is seeking at least one other receiver for the 2008 class. Depending on how things shake out with the roster and scholarship numbers this year, UNC could possibly desire to bring in a third wideout.

UNC met its initial quota when Todd Harrelson verbally committed to the Tar Heels in late June.


Todd Harrelson
6'0" 180 lbs. 4.50
Chesapeake (Va.) Smith High School


After camping at UNC, Harrelson, who grew up in North Carolina, named the Tar Heels his leader. Less than a month later, he verbally committed to Kenny Browning, his recruiting coordinator.

Harrelson, a Scout.com three-star prospect, also collected scholarship offers from Clemson, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Maryland, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Harrelson could ultimately end up at defensive back, but UNC loves the playmaking ability he possesses once the ball is in his hands. He's elusive and has "game" speed.

In his first season at wide receiver, Harrelson caught 32 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. In two seasons, he has totaled 36 pass breakups and ten interceptions from his cornerback position.

Dwight Jones
6'3" 205 lbs. 4.60
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy


Last season, Scout.com rated Jones as a four-star prospect and ranked him as the 16th best wide receiver in the nation.

Two Februarys ago, Jones became the first member of UNC's verbal commitment list. However, following John Bunting's termination, he decided to explore his options. After looking into Tennessee and Clemson, Jones decided to sign with UNC in February.

Jones will spend a semester at Hargrave and then plans to enroll at UNC in January.

A possession receiver, Jones displays a nice set of hands. He has the ideal combination of strength and speed and uses his frame well to shield defenders when the ball is in the air.

As a senior, Jones led Burlington (N.C.) Cummings to NCHSAA 2A State Titles in both football and basketball. He ended his football season with 68 catches for 1,395 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Targets With Offers 
Julio Jones

6'3" 200 lbs. 4.55 Foley (Ala.) High School
Jones is easily the top receiver in this class and some feel he's the top prospect overall. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that he possesses an endless list of options. He maintains that he's open and has never given any hints of favorites outside of visiting Alabama and Florida State. He appears to be a long shot at best for UNC, but the staff will continue to pursue him.
Marcus Sales

6'2" 185 lbs. 4.60 Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers
Although he doesn't claim any favorites, being a former teammate of UNC freshman Mike Paulus, who is an excellent recruiter, definitely provides UNC an edge. Sales has also collected offers from Louisville, Miami, Pitt, Syracuse, and Virginia. He has been planning on visiting UNC since February, but has yet to do so. He has, however, visited Pitt and Syracuse.
Tommy Streeter

6'6" 200 lbs. 4.50 Miami (Fla.) Northwestern HS
Despite collecting over 20 offers, Streeter has given little attention to his recruitment. So, unsurprisingly, he claims to be wide open. However, he is being pressured by a few of his Northwestern teammates to join them on Miami's commitment list. Streeter doesn't figure to decide for several months, giving UNC plenty of time court him if needed.
Lamaar Thomas

5'11" 170 lbs. 4.50 Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly HS
Despite his small stature, UNC is recruiting Thomas as a wide receiver. Although UNC finds itself in his top six, Thomas is leaning towards Ohio State. Florida, Illinois, Maryland, and Tennessee round out the remainder of his favorites. Thomas has visited all six, except for the Vols. He will narrow his list of choices to three by the end of the summer and make a verbal commitment in September.
Rodriguez Wilks

6'1" 195 lbs. 4.55 Smyna (Tenn.) High School
Wilks is probably one of the most underrated prospects in the 2008 class, but is a major target of UNC's. He has collected offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Tennessee. While he doesn't claim any favorites, the Vols appear to have a slight advantage due to the presence of his brother on their roster.


Tight End

2007 Scholarship Roster 
Tight End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
89Richard Quinn 6-4235 Jr/So58
80Ed Barham 6-3 260So/Fr73
84Vince Jacobs 6-6225 So/Fr28
83Trevor Stuart 6-3 230So/FrNR
H-Back
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
4Bobby Rome 5-11240 Jr/SoNR
49Ryan Taylor 6-3 220So/So46
17Zach Pianalto 6-4215 Fr/Fr21

The biggest factor effecting the tight end position is the change in system. Butch Davis' staff will be implementing an offensive scheme that has eliminated the fullback and will utilize two tight ends – a tight end and an H-back.

Given the circumstances, Bobby Rome has been moved to this group and UNC also signed Zach Pianalto, who enrolled last January.

To continue to build depth, the staff is looking to sign at least two tight ends to its roster this coming February.

UNC met half of the goal when its summer camp resulted in a verbal commitment from Randy White, who could potentially play either H-back or tight end.

Randy White
6'5" 230 lbs. 4.80
Bristol (Va.) Virginia High School


White impressed the UNC coaches enough during one practice session of their three-day camp to earn a scholarship offer. Immediately after receiving the offer, White became the first member of UNC's verbal commitment list.

Somewhat under the radar, UNC was White's lone scholarship offer, but Tennessee and Virginia Tech were very interested.

White, who also doubles as a long snapper, is a balanced tight end excelling equally as both a blocker and receiver.

Last season, White caught 22 passes for 396 yards and six touchdowns.

Targets With Offers 
Dewayne Allen

6'4" 230 lbs. 4.7 Fayetteville (N.C.) Sanford High School
Allen has all but de-committed from Georgia, who he pledged to in November. Although he won't comment on the status of his commitment, he has camped at UNC as well as NC State. UNC is recruiting Allen very hard and will continue to be a major player in his recruitment.
Christian Wilson

6'3" 225 lbs. 4.65 McKees Rock (Pa.) Montour High School
For much of Wilson's recruitment, UNC hasd been in a good position. However, recently UNC lost some ground to Clemson, Michigan, and Rutgers. Wilson, who is a versatile athlete, has collected approximately 50 offers and visited over 20 schools including UNC. He has toyed with the notion of committing before the season, but might wait until the ESPN All-American Game.

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