2010 Recruiting Preview: DL

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.


2009 Scholarship Roster 
Left End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
95Greg Elleby 6-5 290Sr/JrNR
94Michael McAdoo 6-7245So/So 48
42Robert Quinn 6-5260So/So 19
*Donte Moss 6-4231Fr/Fr 1
Right End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
92E.J. Wilson 6-3280 Gr/Sr NR
84Vince Jacobs 6-7 235Sr/Jr28 (TE)
90Quinton Coples 6-6245 So/So NR

Despite losing E.J. Wilson, who will be a three-year starter, to graduation following the 2009 season, defensive end isn't a major concern with the 2010 recruiting class. Regardless, as with every recruiting class, UNC will attempt to load up with as much elite end talent as possible.


Targets With Offers 
Gabe King
6'5" 230 lbs. 4.91 Greensboro (N.C.) Page High School
King holds four scholarship offers -- Duke, Georgia, UNC, and NC State. He has camped at UNC and also attended the Notre Dame game. An admitted Tar Heel fan, he's assuredly a top target for the UNC staff. In addition to defensive end, he plays tight end and defensive end for Page. Was named all-conference as a sophomore collecting 79 tackles including 15 for a loss and 3 sacks.
Chris Martin

6'4" 224 lbs. 4.70 Oakland (Calif.) O'Dowd High School
Martin's scholarship offer list, which includes 15 schools, is one of the most impressive in the nation; it includies the likes of Georgia, UNC, Notre Dame, and USC. At one point, he favored Notre Dame and USC, but alterations to each team's coaching staff have forced him to reopen his recruitment. As a junior, he recorded 110 tackles including 20 for a loss and 4 sacks. He has already been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Christian McCain
6'6" 196 lbs. 4.75 Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford High School
McCain has collected scholarship offers from East Carolina, UNC, and NC State. After transferring from Greensboro (N.C.) Page prior to his junior season, he accumulated 97 tackles, including 20 for a loss and 2 sacks, while playing linebacker for Northern Guilford. He also excels in basketball (13 ppg and 12 rpg). Attended a game at UNC last fall.
Corey Miller
6'4" 218 lbs. 4.70 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Miller is one of four Brynes players UNC has offered. He has also received scholarship offers from California, Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, UNC, Oregon, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He has made several trips to UNC for games. As a junior on a state championship team, he made 105 tackles including 17 for a loss and 8 sacks, and 34 QB hurries. He received second-team All-State, All-Region, and All-Area honors.
  Dexter Morant
6'6" 238 lbs. 4.65 Manning (S.C.) High School
Quietly, Morant has put together a scholarship offers list that includes Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, UNC, and South Carolina. He grew up a Clemson fan, but reportedly favors Georgia. As a junior, he made 100 tackles, including 20 for a loss and 10 sacks. He was named all-state as a sophomore.
Brandon Willis

6'4" 255 lbs. 4.80 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Willis shares a virtually identical scholarship offer list as linemate Corey Miller, plus Florida State and Texas A&M. Like Miller and his other Byrnes teammates, Willis has made several unofficial visits to UNC. After totaling 114 tackles, 13 sacks, 39 QB hurries, and 24 tackles for a loss, he was named to the All-South, AP All-State, All-Region, and All-Area teams.


2009 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
98Darrius Massenburg 6-3 280Sr/JrNR
9Marvin Austin 6-3300 Jr/Jr1
91Tydreke Powell 6-3300 Jr/So10
*Jared McAdoo 6-2288 Fr/Fr29
Nose Tackle
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
93Cam Thomas 6-3330 Gr/Sr52
96Tavares Brown 6-0295 Sr/Sr78
97Aleric Mullins 6-3 300Sr/Sr31
78Jordan Nix 6-4 280Jr/SoNR

No position group will be hit harder by graduation than the defensive tackles – specifically nose tackle. Tavares Brown, Aleric Mullins (who could earn another year pending his academic status), and starter Cam Thomas will run out of eligibility following the 2009 season. Also, Darrius Massenburg will be a fifth-year senior who could elect to graduate.

Thus far, UNC has extended offers to Ego Ferguson, Denzel McCoy, Kelcy Quarles, and Jeff Whitaker. However, Quarles, a Greenwood (S.C.) product, has already verbally committed to South Carolina.

While UNC has yet to officially offer, the Tar Heels are heavily interested in Evan Hailes (Chesapeake (Va.) Smith). Hailes is a former teammate of UNC receiver Todd Harrelson.

Targets With Offers 
Ego Ferguson

6'4" 270 lbs. 5.10 Frederick (Md.) St. John's High School
Ferguson has collected over 25 scholarship offers. Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, UNC, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech are among the 25. Last July, he took an unofficial trip to UNC. He was named to the small school all-state first team after recording 97 tackles (67 solo) including 32 for a loss and 14 sacks. He also plays fullback for St. John's.
Denzel McCoy
6'4" 274 lbs. 5.00 Duluth (Ga.) Northview High School
McCoy holds offers from the likes of Alabama, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, UNC, Oregon, Penn State, and West Virginia. He accumulated 75 tackles, including 10 for a loss and 6 sacks, as a junior. Looking to major in engineering.
Jeff Whitaker

6'3" 299 lbs. 5.34 Warner Robins (Ga.) High School
Whitaker's scholarship offer count has reached double digits. Among the offering schools is Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, UNC, and Tennessee. He reportedly favors Georgia and UNC at this point. He visited UNC for the NC State game. He ended his sophomore season with 50 tackles and a sack.

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