Meet The Signing Day Class Of 2008

As each player faxes his 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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A.J. BLUE
6-2, 205
Athlete
Dallas (N.C.) North Gaston

Led North Gaston to the 3-A state championship game before falling to Western Alamance • Had 271 all-purpose yards in the championship game, including 192 rushing and 79 passing • Was a dual-threat quarterback the last two years, amassing 5,077 career yards passing and 4,623 yards rushing • Ran for 2,265 yards and 25 TDs as a senior, while throwing for 1,603 and 17 scores • Ranked the No. 20 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 27 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com • Coached by Bruce Clark • Son of Theresa Adams • Born Aug. 24, 1989.

ZACH BROWN
6-2, 220
Linebacker
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave

Played linebacker at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. • Rated the No. 12 prep player in the country by Rivals.com • Blocked a punt for a touchdown in a game against Marshall while at Hargrave • Played running back and linebacker at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md. • Rushed for 1,537 yards and 20 touchdowns and collected over 90 solo tackles as a senior • Also had a successful wrestling career, going 29-0 with 17 pins and five technical falls • Won the class 3-A title in the 100-meter dash (10.67 seconds) and 200-meter dash (21.52) • Coached by Doug Duvall at Wilde Lake High School and Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy • Son of Sandra Orr and Lewis Briar • Born Oct. 23, 1989.

JONATHAN COOPER
6-3, 295
Offensive Lineman
Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard

Ranked the No. 8 player in North Carolina and the No. 21 offensive guard in the country by Rivals.com • Voted the conference's player of the year as an offensive lineman • Played mostly guard in high school, but also played defensive end • Helped Hoggard claim the state 4-A championship as a senior, paving the way for three players who rushed for 600 yards or more • Hoggard won the title with a 16-0 record • Considered the No. 14 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Earned all-state honors as a senior • Also a standout heavyweight wrestler • Coached by Scott Braswell • Son of Velma and Michael Cooper • One of his brothers attends NC State, a sister attends Meredith College, and another sister lives in Durham • Born Jan. 19, 1990.

QUINTON COPLES
6-6, 245
Defensive End
Chatham (Va.) Hargrave

SuperPrep All-America • Played in the U.S. Army All-America game • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team • After his performance in the Army All-America game, he moved from unranked to No. 105 in Rivals.com's list of the top 250 players in the country • Had the East squad's only sack in the game • Considered the No. 8 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 6 defensive end in the country by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 21 defensive end in the country by Scout.com • Rated the No. 34 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com • Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 • Had 63 tackles and seven sacks as a junior at Kinston High School • Transferred to Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia for his senior year and had eight sacks to lead Hargrave • Coached by Tony Edwards at Kinston and Robert Prunty at Hargrave • Son of Gail Coples and Timothy Koonce • Born June 22, 1990.

HERMAN DAVIDSON
6-2, 215
Safety
Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic

Ranked the No. 19 cornerback in the country by Scout.com • Rated the 36th-best player in California by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 65 safety in the country by Rivals.com • Finished the 2007 season (13-1) with 71 tackles and six interceptions and two fumble recoveries • Saved the Poly season with a fumble recovery at the goal line in the final seconds of their 2-0 win over Orange Lutheran in the semifinals • Helped the Jackrabbits to the 2007 CIF-SS Pac-5 Division title • Earned first-team all-division honors • Played sparingly as a junior for Long Beach (Calif.) Poly but moved into the starting lineup during his senior year • Becomes the first native Californian to sign with the Tar Heels since Chris Keldorf in 1996 • Coached by Raul Lara • Son of Herman and Sadonia Davidson • Born March 6, 1990.

DION GUY
6-4, 225
Defensive End
Washington (D.C.) Woodson

Recorded more than 100 tackles in 2007 • Helped lead his team to an 8-4 record and earn a berth in Washington D.C.'s city championship • Posted eight tackles and had a safety in the championship game • Had 82 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions as a junior • Named honorable mention All-Metro by the Washington Post • Earned all-district honors • Coached by Greg Fuller • Also runs track • Son of Joyce Womack and Kerry Wilson • Born Sept. 14, 1990.

BRADEN HANSON
6-6, 195
Quarterback
Charlotte (N.C.) Latin

North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year • Played in the Under Armour All-American game and completed one pass for 12 yards • Named the 2007 All-Southern Player of the Year for North Carolina by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team • Left-hander is ranked the No. 18 quarterback in the country by Scout.com • Considered the No. 25 prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com • Ranked among the top 20 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep • One of seven finalists for the Joe Montana Quarterback of the Year Award given by the DeBartolo Sports University • One of the Top 25 players in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Completed 345 of 498 passes for 5,623 yards and 81 touchdowns over the last two season • Led Latin to consecutive independent school state crowns as a junior and senior • Passed for 2,695 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Larry McNulty • Also played basketball • Son of Janet and Bryan Hanson • Born Sept. 15, 1989.

TODD HARRELSON
6-0, 180
Wide Receiver
Chesapeake (Va.) Smith

Ranked the No. 13 player in Virginia by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 15 player in Virginia and the No. 52 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com • Considered one of the top 100 wide receivers in the country by Scout.com and ESPN.com • Recorded 46 receptions for 892 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading Smith to a 13-1 record as a senior • In the state semifinals, he had 15 catches for 354 yards and three touchdowns • Named first-team all-state as a senior • Named second-team all-state at defensive back after intercepting six passes and breaking up 23 • Earned first-team all-district honors at defensive back and second-team as a wide receiver/tight end as a junior • Had 32 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Richard Morgan • Also plays basketball • Son of Geazell Harrelson • Born Jan. 31, 1990.

KENNETH HARRIS
6-3, 205
Athlete
Decatur (Ga.) Columbia

Played safety most of his high school career, but also saw time at linebacker, tight end and cornerback • Played all four positions during his senior season • Stared his senior season at middle linebacker, but moved back to safety early in the year • Had 62 tackles and two interceptions as a senior • Played tight end where he caught four touchdown passes • Played in the DeKalb County All-Star game • Had 32 receptions for 710 yards, averaging 26.0 yards per reception, and seven touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Kevin Latham • Son of Keith and Kaynell Harris • Born Dec. 16, 1989.

MICHAEL MCADOO
6-7, 245
Defensive End
Antioch (Tenn.) HS

Considered the No. 23 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 12 player in Tennessee by Rivals.com • Rated the No. 35 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com • Ranked the No. 13 player in Tennessee by SuperPrep • Childhood friend of UNC?teammates Brian Gupton and Rashad Mason • Rated among the top 50 defensive ends in the country by Scout.com • Posted 60 tackles, including 12 tackles for losses and five sacks as a senior • Had 19 receptions for 29 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior • Was a Class 5A Mr. Football Lineman finalist as a senior • Earned all-state, all-area and all-district honors after collecting 36 tackles including 13 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss as a junior • Also played tight end for Antioch, where he was mostly used as a blocker • Coached by Mike Woodward • Was an all-state performer for the basketball team as a junior • Son of Janai Shelton • Born July 9, 1990.

EBELE OKAKPU
6-2, 220
Linebacker
Roswell (Ga.) HS

SuperPrep All-America • Considered the No. 17 player in Georgia and the No. 25 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 11 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com • Considered the No. 30 prospect in Georgia and the No. 28 linebacker in the country by Rivals.com • Named to the Georgia Football Magazine 2007 All-Classification All-State team • Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 • Posted 151 tackles as a senior and returned a touchdown for an interception in the playoffs • Led Roswell to a 10-3 record and a run to the third round of the 5-A state playoffs • Had 121 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, and four fumble recoveries as a junior, helping lead his team to the state championship game, which ended in a 14-14 tie • Coached by Tim McFarlin • Also plays basketball • Son of Lina and Walter Okakpu • Born April 20, 1990.

ROBERT QUINN
6-5, 260
Defensive End
North Charleston (S.C.) Fort Dorchester

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 7 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of South Carolina's Shrine Bowl team and the U.S. Army All-American Game • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team • Ranked the No. 3 player in South Carolina and the No. 18 strongside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com • Rated the No. 11 defensive end in the country by ESPN.com • Ranked the No. 19 defensive end in the country by Scout.com • Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 • Senior season was shortened after undergoing brain surgery for a benign tumor • Made a full recovery and will be able to resume his football career • Had 54 tackles and five sacks, 10 TFL and 21 quarterback hurries before the surgery • Coached by Steve LaPrad • Two-time defending state heavyweight champion • Son of Maria and James Quinn • Born May 18, 1990.

KEVIN REDDICK
6-3, 230
Linebacker
New Bern (N.C.) HS

Rated the No. 23 inside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com • Ranked the No. 9 player in North Carolina and the No. 33 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com • Considered the No. 10 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 12 middle linebacker by Scout.com • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Was a varsity starter as a sophomore at fullback, and earned offensive MVP honors in the state 4-AA finals as a senior at that position after scoring two touchdowns to end Charlotte Independence's reign • Named the Coastal Conference defensive player of the year • Earned first-team all-state honors at linebacker as a senior • Recorded 189 tackles, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and blocked four punts • Also rushed for 163 yards and six touchdowns at fullback • Earned all-conference and all-area honors as a junior • Coached by Bobby Curlines • Son of Kevin Reddick Sr. and his stepmother, Janelle • Born Dec. 28, 1989.

RANDY WHITE
6-5, 240
Tight End
Bristol (Va.) Virginia

Had 17 receptions for 269 yards and six touchdowns as a junior • Ranked among the top 40 players in Virginia by SuperPrep • Senior season was ended prematurely due to shoulder surgery • Coached by Terry Smith, who also coached former North Carolina tight end Jon Hamlett at a different high school • Also an excellent deep snapper • Finished third in the shot put and ninth in the discus at the 2-A state meet • Son of Dianna and Randall White • Born Sept. 24, 1988

MELVIN WILLIAMS
6-0, 205
Defensive Back
Coffeyville (Kan.) CC - Lebanon (Tenn.) Wilson Central

Enrolled at North Carolina in January after attending Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College • First-team all-district and all-state cornerback for Wilson Central High School in Lebanon, Tenn. • Can play either cornerback or safety • Received a four-star rating from Scout.com and Rivals.com • Rated the No. 31 junior college player in the country by Rivals.com • Ranked second on Coffeyville's squad as a freshman with 87 tackles • Had 52 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions forced a fumble and blocked two kicks as a sophomore • Childhood friend of former North Carolina basketball player Brandan Wright • Made his first visit to Chapel Hill when Wright came on an official visit for basketball in 2005-06 • Coached by Dwayne Alexander at Wilson Central and by Jeff Leiker at Coffeyville • Son of Meomia Coleman and Melvin Williams • Born Dec. 30, 1987.

CHRISTIAN WILSON
6-3, 235
H-Back
McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour

SuperPrep All-America • Member of recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's All-America team • Rated the No. 11 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 32 athlete in the country by Rivals.com • Rated the No. 10 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com • Ranked the No. 15 player in Pennsylvania by SuperPrep • Played in the Under Armour All-American game • Named to the "Fabulous 22" team by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette • Played linebacker and running back while leading his team to a 12-1 record and second place finish in the district as a senior • Had 82 tackles, including 30 primary stops • Rushed for 2,212 yards on 291 carries and caught 13 passes for 286 yards as a senior • Had 920 rushing yards and 73 tackles as a junior • Coached by?Lou Cerro • Son of Perry and Romi Madia Wilson • Born July 12, 1990.

JAMAL WOMBLE
5-10, 220
Running Back
Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena

Ranked the No. 13 running back in the country by Scout.com • Considered the No. 6 player in Arizona and the No. 14 running back in the country by Rivals.com • Played in the Offense-Defense High School All-America Game • Considered the No. 8 player in Arizona by SuperPrep • Named All-Arizona first team by the Arizona Republic • Selected first-team 4A-5A all-star by the Tucson Citizen • Finished his senior season with 1,787 yards and 21 touchdowns on 170 carries, setting his high school's career and season rushing records • Set school single-season record with 126 points and school's single-game record with five touchdowns • Also scored on a kick return and reception • Had 180 carries for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior • As a sophomore, rushed for 732 yards on 114 carries as a sophomore and scored eight touchdowns and Had five receptions for 115 yards • Lived part of his life in Teachey, N.C. • Has family in Durham and Fayetteville, N.C. • Coached by Mike Vezzosi • Son of Trina and John Womble • His father is a Sergeant Major in the Army • Womble committed to North Carolina the day before his father was deployed to Iraq so his father could take part in the announcement • Born Jan. 27, 1990.







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