|2008 Scholarship Roster|
Offensive tackle is arguably UNC's greatest need in the 2009 class. The staff hopes to
sign two or three tackles.
Two years ago, UNC signed four offensive linemen with two projected at tackle and two projected for the interior. One tackle prospect, Kevin Bryant, was eventually moved to the inside. Last year, UNC hoped to sign two tackles, but were only able to secure a guard – Jonathan Cooper.
Thus, in the past two years, UNC has brought in one tackle and four interior linemen.
Following the 2008 season, UNC will lose Garrett Reynolds, the starting right tackle and arguably the top lineman, to graduation. After the subsequent season, starting left tackle, Kyle Jolly, will run out of eligibility.
Furthermore, only one lineman, Zack Handerson, in both the right and left tackle three-deep was ranked coming out of high school.
UNC has already received a verbal commitment from David Collins, who is projected to play right tackle.
While unofficially visiting UNC during the spring, Collins verbally committed to the Tar Heels. At the time, East Carolina was his only other offer, but Maryland eventually came through with an offer.
Collins, a three-star prospect, is ranked as the No. 40 tackle in the nation by Scout.com.
Collins has spent much of the offseason working towards slimming down, which should improve his footwork. At UNC's Three-Day Camp the hard work appeared to be paying off as he arrived in great shape and looked good during drills.
Although he's known more for his run blocking, Collins has the tools – long arms and quickness – and work ethic to develop into a balanced tackle.
After collecting 26 pancake blocks his sophomore season, Collins recorded 56 pancake blocks and allowed only one sack during his junior campaign.
Targets With Offers
6'7" 323 lbs. 5.28 Windsor (N.C.) Bertie Co. High School
Bond, who has collected roughly ten offers, is playing his recruitment close to the vest. He hasn't given any hints as to favorites or even anything solid regarding a timeline. He has attended UNC's Three-Day Camp the past two years. Bond has already began to schedule an Oct. 25 official visit to Michigan. He says he is also likely to grant official visits to Maryland, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
6'7" 327 lbs. 5.29 Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy
Massie earned a UNC offer with his performance at last summer's Three-Day Camp. Last fall as a senior, he committed to -- and then de-committed from -- Virginia Tech, and took official visits to Clemson, UNC, and VT. He'll prep at Hargrave this fall and will start fresh with his recruitment. UNC is very much in contention, as well as the other two schools he officially visited and several others (Alabama, Georgia) who came on after he decided to spend a year at Hargrave.
6'6" 285 lbs. 5.00 Fayetteville (N.C.) Britt High School
Nixon is considered the top tackle prospect in the nation by Scout.com and has the lengthy list of offers to back up the claim. Recently he announced his final nine as Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami, UNC, NC State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and West Virginia. It's believed that Florida, LSU, and Miami are strong contenders to land official visits. Regardless, Nixon is reportedly open to all nine of his final schools.
|2008 Scholarship Roster|
Although UNC loses two guards following the 2008 season – Bryon Bishop and
Calvin Darity – the staff won't sign any interior linemen with the 2009 class
outside of elite prospects.
Johnnie Farms and Quinton Washington are the only two guard prospects with UNC offers.
Targets With Offers
6'3" 310 lbs. 5.10 Perry (Ga.) High School
UNC offered Farms last fall and approximately 25 schools followed suit. He claims to be wide open, but has stated a strong desire to play in the SEC. He was expected to attend UNC's One-Day Camp, but says he will reschedule the trip as soon as possible. Recently, Farms camped at Alabama and South Carolina. During the fall, he's also considering visits to Auburn, UCF, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Oklahoma, among others.
6'3" 315 lbs. 5.60 St. Stephen (S.C.) Timberland High School
Washington has collected over ten offers with UNC being among the most recent to offer. He has paid little attention to his recruitment with hardly any visits. While he claims to be wide open, it is believed that he is leaning toward staying in-state. However, he has stated that he would like to take official visits to Miami, Michigan, and Tennessee.