2010 Recruiting Preview: DB

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 ...

Cornerback

2009 Scholarship Roster 
Left End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
23 Jordan Hemby 5-10 185 Gr/Sr 29
16Kendric Burney 5-9185 Sr/Jr 48
12Charles Brown 5-10 200Jr/JrNR
37LeCount Fantroy 5-11190 Jr/So NR
29Brian Gupton 6-3195 Jr/So NR
*D.J. Bunn 5-11187 Fr/Fr 129
*Josh Hunter 6-1172 Fr/Fr 64
*Mywan Jackson 5-11170 Fr/Fr 67 (WR)
*Gene Robinson 5-10163 Fr/Fr 27 (S)
*Terry Shankle 5-11170 Fr/Fr 30

In the 2009 class, UNC loaded up with cornerback prospects, thus doubling the position group's size. Thus, UNC will just focus on adding elite prospects to this position.

Although UNC has yet to send out a formal offer, the coaching staff is heavily interested in A.J. Marshall (Durham (N.C.) Southern). Reggie Wilkins, an athlete from Shelby (N.C.) Crest, projects best at cornerback and is also high on UNC's list.

Targets With Offers 
Zach Miller
6'0" 167 lbs. 4.30 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
UNC was the first school to extend Miller a scholarship offer. Like his Byrnes teammates, he has made several visits to UNC. He is very high on UNC, as well as Miami, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. He started at cornerback for Byrnes' state championship-winning team last fall.


Safety

2009 Scholarship Roster 
Free Safety
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
10Melvin Williams 6-0 195Sr/SrNR
27Deunta Williams 6-2205 Sr/Jr14
28Jonathan Smith 6-2 200Jr/Jr35 (LB)
*Curtis Campbell 6-2205 Fr/FrNR
Strong Safety
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
25Matt Merletti 5-11200 Jr/Jr 
21Da'Norris Searcy 6-0200 Jr/Jr8 (LB)
35Herman Davidson 6-2215 So/So19
*Angelo Hadley 5-11190 Fr/Fr43

UNC heads into the 2009 season with plenty of depth at safety. However, between now and the end of the 2010 season, five safeties will leave the program.

In addition to the following list of safeties prospects with offers, UNC is heavily recruiting P.J. Clyburn (Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell), DeAndre Hopkins (Central (S.C.) Daniel), and DeAngelo Smalls (Washington (D.C.) Ballou). UNC is also interested in athletes Keenan Allen (Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford) and Cornelius Jones (Spartanburg (S.C.)) -- both project as safeties.

Targets With Offers 
Alec Ogletree

6'3" 205 lbs. 4.60 Newnan (Ga.) High School
Ogletree has collected 25-plus scholarship offers including from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, UNC, and South Carolina. He plays safety in high school, but many schools are recruiting him as a linebacker. He grew up a Miami fan. He favors Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Miami. As a junior, Ogletree helped Newnan to a 13-1 record and posted 72 tackles, an interception, and 16 pass break-ups. He also blocked six kicks.
Marvin Robinson

6'1" 186 lbs. 4.63 Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region High School
Robinson has received a dozen scholarship offers so far. UNC is in his top four favorites with Florida, Michigan, and Ohio State. He visited UNC for the NC State game. He plays safety and running back in high school. He intercepted six passes and rushed for 450 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

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