2010 Recruiting Preview: QB, RB, WR

While the Tar Heel coaches wrap up the 2009 signing class, their recruitment of high school juniors is already well underway. After consulting with inside sources, Inside Carolina provides an exclusive position-by-position preview of the 2010 recruiting board ...

When reviewing this series throughout the week, keep in mind that this is preliminary analysis. Of course, many new recruits will pop up on UNC's recruiting radar and receive offers in the coming months.

Also, the depth chart is fluid. For simplicity, an assumption was made that all of the players who are verbally committed to UNC for 2009 will sign and enroll at UNC. Per the NCAA limit, only 25 freshmen can be brought in per year.

Quarterback

2009 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
13T.J. Yates 6-3 215Sr/Jr38
7Mike Paulus 6-5215 Jr/So 11
14Braden Hanson 6-6195So/Fr 34
*Bryn Renner 6-3185 Fr/Fr 8
*Donavan Tate 6-2205 Fr/Fr 18 (S)

Regardless of how many quarterbacks North Carolina has returning, the goal with each recruiting class is to sign at least one elite quarterback prospect.

With the 2010 class, the UNC coaching staff has set its sights high. The only quarterback prospect that possesses a UNC offer to this point is Jake Heaps, who is projected to be the top rated passer in the nation. Despite being three time zones away, UNC has a legit chance of landing the Scout.com five-star prospect.

UNC is also interested in Tyler Brosius (Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola), Christian Green (Tampa (Fla.) Catholic), and Phillip Sims (Chesapeake (Va.) Smith). Sims, who is a former teammate of UNC receiver Todd Harrelson, camped at UNC the summer prior to his sophomore season. Brosius attended the Nike Camp held at UNC last spring.

 

Targets With Offers 
Jake Heaps

6'2" 182 lbs. 4.75 Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline High School
Heaps recently narrowed his list of choices to BYU, California, Colorado, LSU, Oregon State, UNC, Notre Dame, Tennessee, UCLA, and Washington. He plans to unofficially visit California, UNC, Notre Dame, and Tennessee in February; shortly thereafter, he hopes to make visits to Colorado and UCLA. He has already been named to the U.S. Army All-American Game. As a junior, he threw for 2,900 yards (65%) with a 38-4 touchdown-interception ratio, and scored 7 rushing touchdowns.



Running Back

2009 Scholarship Roster 
Tailback
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
20Shaun Draughn 6-0205 Sr/Jr24 (S)
34Johnny White 5-10 205Sr/Jr41
32Ryan Houston 6-2250 Jr/Jr20
5Jamal Womble 5-10 220So/Fr13 
*A.J. Blue 6-2205 Fr/Fr85 (QB)
*Hunter Furr 6-1 201Fr/Fr97 (S)
*Jerrell Rhodes 5-9192 Fr/Fr89
 
Fullback
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
4Bobby Rome 5-11250 Gr/SrNR
6Anthony Elzy 5-10 210Sr/Jr6
45Devon Ramsay 6-2240 Jr/So6

From a recruiting perspective, the running back position shares a lot of similarities with the quarterbacks – due to extensive depth, landing a running back isn't a need, but is a desire. Thus, the UNC coaching staff will target the best in the nation.

You don't get too much better than Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore, who is the only true tailback holding a UNC scholarship offer, has already been tabbed a five-star prospect by Scout.com and will be in the running for the top recruit overall in the nation.

Tony Creecy, who also holds a UNC offer, is being recruited as an athlete. He plays wide receiver in high school, but at UNC's camp last summer, he worked out at both receiver and running back.

Other tailbacks UNC will be targeting include: Silas Redd ( Stamford (Conn.) King & Low-Heywood Thomas), Josh Snead (Smithfield (N.C.) Smithfield-Selma), and Jordan Thomas (Endicott (N.Y.) Union-Endicott). The UNC coaching staff is also intrigued by Jakhari Gore, who is a cousin of Frank Gore, a former Butch Davis recruit. Snead is a former teammate of UNC verbal commitments D.J. Bunn and Justin Dixon, and has made several unofficial visits to Chapel Hill.
 

Targets With Offers 
Tony Creecy
5'11" 193 lbs. 4.50 Durham (N.C.) Southern High School
Creecy has collected scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, Mississippi, UNC, NC State, Virginia, and Wake Forest. But, he has said he plans to stay in-state. He is considered an NC State lean at this point, but his father is a UNC fan. Last summer, he attended several camps, including UNC's individual and team camps -- and then attended multiple UNC games last seasobn. At UNC's individual camp, he worked out at both running back and wide receiver. While playing in an offense with two Division I receivers, he accumulated 863 yards and 7 touchdowns through receptions.
Mustafa Greene
6'0" 185 lbs. 4.5 Columbia (S.C.) Irmo High School
Greene's recruiting stock blew up after his junior season, landing scholarship offers from Duke, UNC, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Despite missing four games, he ended his junior campaign with 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.
Marcus Lattimore

6'0" 207 lbs. 4.45 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Lattimore has been offered a scholarship by nearly 25 schools. While he hasn't declared a solid favorites list, he has said seven schools have caught his attention -- Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, UNC, and South Carolina. Last fall, he attended multiple games in Chapel Hill. UNC has offered three of his teammates. He rushed for 2,314 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior. He has already been selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
 

Wide Receivers

2009 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
15Anthony Parker-Boyd 6-0205 Sr/Jr NR
8Greg Little 6-3220 Jr/Jr 12
85Rashad Mason 6-5225Jr/So 14
83Dwight Jones 6-4220 So/So 16
82Todd Harrelson 6-2 190So/Fr77
*Josh Adams 6-4200 Fr/Fr 42
*Jhay Boyd 6-2184Fr/Fr 7
*Ray Ray Davis 5-11188 Fr/Fr 80
*Erik Highsmith 6-2165Fr/Fr NR
*Josh McKie 6-0175 Fr/Fr 126

With so much unproven – but yet promising – depth at wide receiver, the UNC coaching staff will pick up where it left off with the 2009 class by continuing to pursue playmaking prospects.

Four receiver prospects, which are believed to be game-changers, have UNC offers thus far: Markeith Ambles, Martavis Bryant, Chris Dunkley, and Ted Meline.

UNC is also interested in Justin Hunter (Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes), Alex Kenney (State College (Pa.)), Jazz King (Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes), DeVante Stamps (Pomfret (Md.) McDonough), and Anthony Williams (Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy). Another target, Julian Horton (Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian), is being recruited as an athlete, but is projected as a receiver.
 

Targets With Offers 
Markeith Ambles

6'1" 185 lbs. 4.60 McDonough (Ga.) Henry County High School
Ambles bursts onto the recruiting radar last summer, landing scholarship offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, UNC, and South Carolina, after attending each school's respective camp. Since then, he's added offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee, and West Virginia. He doesn't claim any favorites and doesn't plan to narrow his options down until the fall. As a junior, he caught 53 passes for 993 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has already been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Martavis Bryant

6'4" 173 lbs. 4.41 Anderson (S.C.) Hanna High School
Bryant verbally committed to Clemson nearly a year ago. Regardless, UNC plans to recruit him. He starts at both wide receiver and cornerback, while returning punts and kickoffs. As a sophomore, he caught 47 passes for 803 yards and 3 touchdowns. In track last spring, he placed fifth in the state in the 100-meter with a 10.99 time and third in the 200-meter with a 22.2 time.
Chris Dunkley
5'10" 164 lbs. 4.69 Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) High School
Dunkley's scholarship offer list, which is over 20 schools long, includes Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, UNC, South Carolina, South Florida, and West Virginia. He is looking to commit early and is leaning towards staying in the SEC. He recorded 50 receptions for 600 yards and 13 touchdowns during his junior season.
Ted Meline

6'3" 168 lbs. 4.40 Davie (Fla.) Westlake Prep High School
Meline missed most of his junior season with a shoulder injury. Regardless, he has received scholarship offers from Alabama, Boston College, UCF, UNC, and Oregon. As a sophomore he played quarterback and receiver passing for 734 yards and 5 touchdowns, rushing for 220 yards (10.0 average) and 2 touchdowns, and also caught 9 passes for 258 yards.

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