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

2008 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
1Brooks Foster 6-3205 Gr/Sr 59
2Cooter Arnold 5-10190 Sr/Sr 60 (CB)
87Brandon Tate 6-1195Sr/Sr NR
3Kenton Thornton 6-4230 Sr/Jr 37
88Hakeem Nicks6-1 210Jr/Jr33
15Anthony Parker-Boyd 6-0205 Jr/So NR
85Rashad Mason 6-5220So/Fr 14
*Todd Harrelson 6-3215 Fr/Fr 77
*Dwight Jones 6-3215Fr/Fr 16

UNC will at least lose Brooks Foster, Cooter Arnold, and Brandon Tate following the 2008 season due to graduation. The Heels could also lose Hakeem Nicks to the NFL Draft. Therefore, UNC is aiming to sign three or four wideouts in the 2009 class.

Thus far, UNC has secured verbal commitments from three receiver prospects: Josh Adams, Ray Ray Davis, and Josh McKie.

In order for UNC to accept a fourth receiver, it would have to be an elite prospect. Jhay Boyd is the main target for that slot.

UNC is also waiting to learn the status of Dwight Jones, who is still working toward qualifying for fall enrollment. Jones' outcome, however, won't affect UNC's recruitment of a fourth receiver.

Josh Adams
6'4" 200 lbs. 4.50
Cheshire (Conn.) Academy


Adams made his verbal commitment announcement on national television last Signing Day, choosing UNC over offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Maryland, Rutgers, and Stanford. Additionally, several other schools were expected to offer in the coming months.

A Scout.com four-star prospect, Adams is ranked the No. 13 wide receiver in the nation.

Adams is a tall, lanky target. He runs great routes and sets the defensive back up nicely. He has amazing body control and does a great job of plucking the ball out of the air with his long reach. He's definitely a wide receiver that can stretch the field.

Adams will graduate from Cheshire this December and enroll at UNC for the spring semester.

Last January, Adams transferred from Cambridge (Mass.) Rindge & Latin, where he was coached by current UNC Director of Player Personal Paul Gonnella. As a junior, Adams recorded 64 catches for 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. He also scored five rushing touchdowns and rushed for 500 yards.

Ray Ray Davis
5'11" 188 lbs. 4.63
Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley High School


During UNC's March Junior Day, Davis was extended a scholarship offer and committed.

Scout.com grades Davis as a three-star prospect and the No. 105 wide receiver in the nation.

Davis is a possession receiver that converts into a running back upon making the catch. He will break tackles and juke potential tacklers as he fights for yards after the catch. His large wingspan allows him to play taller than his height suggests, while his quickness allows him to play faster than his forty time.

After earning Associated Press All-State honors as a sophomore, Davis' numbers dipped his junior season. He was still able to catch 49 passes for 663 yards and ten touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards and five scores on 10 carries (8.7-yard average).

Josh McKie
6'0" 175 lbs. 4.55
Mauldin (S.C.) High School


Following his performance at UNC's three-Day Camp last summer, McKie was offered a scholarship. He all but verbally committed to UNC during a December conversation with UNC WR coach Charlie Williams and then officially pulled the trigger during the wave of pledges at UNC's 2008 Junior Day in March.

A Scout.com three-star prospect, McKie is ranked the No. 75 wide receiver by Scout.com.

McKie could play a few positions on the collegiate level, but receiver seems his most natural fit. It's hard to classify what type of receiver he is because he does just about everything really well at the position. He excels as a medium range possession receiver where he's able to be physical with the defensive back and utilize his long reach.

In Mauldin's spread option offense, McKie plays quarterback, where he ended his junior season with 700 yards on the ground and 1,300 through the air.

Targets With Offers 
Jhay Boyd

6'2" 184 lbs. 4.50 Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook High School
After getting a late jump on recruiting Boyd, UNC quickly made up ground and is now, at the very least, his co-leader along with Clemson. Boyd, who has been offered by over 30 schools, is taking a systematic approach to his recruitment. He most recently narrowed his list of suitors to 15 schools: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, NC State, UNC, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, USC, and Virginia Tech.
Marsalis Teague

5'10" 170 lbs. 4.50 Paris (Tenn.) Henry Co.
Teague, a quarterback in high school, is an athlete that could play several different positions on the collegiate level. UNC projects him as an offensive weapon, most likely at receiver. Even if UNC met its needs at receiver, they would still pursue Teague because of his versatility. He has collected roughly a dozen offers, but won't name any favorites until taking all of his visits. He said he plans to visit UNC at some point.


Tight End

2008 Scholarship Roster 
Tight End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
89Richard Quinn 6-4260 Sr/Jr58
80Ed Barham 6-3 260Jr/So73
81B.J. Phillips 6-5245 Jr/So76 (QB)
83Trevor Stuart 6-3 250Jr/SoNR
Hybrid Back
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
17Zach Pianalto 6-4240 So/So21
*Randy White 6-5 240Fr/FrNR
*Christian Wilson 6-3235 Fr/Fr7

Richard Quinn, UNC's starting tight end, has already announced his intentions of forgoing his final year of eligibility following the 2008 season.

While the depth is there in numbers (three-deep at both tight end and hybrid back following the 2008 season), UNC is looking to add an elite prospect to their tight end group.

Logan Thomas is atop UNC's tight end board. However, the staff is interested in and has offered Arthur Fontaine and Orson Charles.

Targets With Offers 
Arthur Fontaine

6'5" 235 lbs. 4.93 South Dartmouth (Mass.) Dartmouth High School
Fontaine eliminated UNC in May and then went on to verbally commit to Boston College. However, after de-committing, he conducted a campus tour that included a stop at UNC. Recently, Fontaine named BC, Georgia, Maryland, and Virginia his final four schools. But, he said he was still considering UNC and might make a second visit to the school. He could verbally commit again as early as August.
Logan Thomas

6'3" 233 lbs. 4.65 Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville High School
Thomas' name tops UNC's board of tight end prospects. He has collected approximately 20 offers, but denies having any favorites. By the end of the summer, Thomas plans to narrow his list of choices down to five to seven schools with UNC in a good position to make the cut. This summer he has camped at UNC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

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