Recruiting Analysis: Offensive Backfield

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.


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
2Bryn Renner 6-3185 Fr/Fr 8
15Donavan Tate 6-2205 Fr/Fr 18 (S)

The odds of UNC signing a 2010 quarterback appear to diminish every day. Signing a quarterback has never been a top priority, while all but one of the limited-number of offered prospects have committed elsewhere. Furthermore, UNC doesn't appear to be a legit option for the lone uncommitted offered prospect, Jesse Scroggins.

However, UNC will continue to pursue Scroggins, as well as a few non-offered prospects, including Mike Rocco (Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian).

With the quarterback depth chart at least four-deep for the next two seasons and the 2011 class including as many as six elite prospects that UNC has a legit chance with, the quarterback position has never been much of a concern.


Targets With Offers 
Jesse Scroggins

6'2" 190 lbs. 4.75 Lakewood (Calif.) High School
John Blake, who is recruiting Scroggins,  roomed with Scroggins' uncle in college. Regardless, UNC has failed to be among  Scroggins' summer trips. Thus, he has narrowed his focus to three schools: Florida, Southern Cal, and Tennessee.

Running back

2008 Scholarship Roster 
# 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 
38A.J. Blue 6-2205 Fr/Fr85 (QB)
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
4Bobby Rome 5-11250 Gr/SrNR
6Anthony Elzy 5-10 210Sr/Jr6
45Devon Ramsay 6-2240 Jr/So6
40Hunter Furr 6-1 201Fr/Fr97 (S)

In addition to signee Jerrell Rhodes, who will spend the fall semester at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, UNC aims to sign one or two running backs. Ideally, UNC would like to bring in an every-down tailback, plus a scat back, who could also play slot receiver and return kicks.

From the get-go, Marcus Lattimore has been the No. 1 2010 target regardless of position. The UNC coaching staff is high on several other tailbacks, but most of the recruiting efforts will be focused on Lattimore until UNC is no longer a player in his recruitment.

Corvin Lamb and Oklahoma pledge Roy Finch fit the mold of what UNC is looking for in the scat back.

C.J. Frederick (Benson (N.C.) West Johnston) has yet to receive a UNC scholarship offer, but is high on the running back recruiting board. If things fall through with higher running back targets, Frederick, who confessed strong feelings for UNC in the spring, will likely receive a scholarship offer.

Targets With Offers 
Corvin Lamb
5'9" 191 lbs. 4.52 Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High School
Up until recently, UNC had been the favorite to land Lamb. However, LSU recently stepped into the picture and, despite the lack of an offer, jumped into the leader position. Regardless, he plans to wait until Signing Day to make a verbal commitment. Before reaching that point, he will take all of his official visits and attend several games during the season. UNC is high on his visit wish list.
Marcus Lattimore

6'0" 210 lbs. 4.55 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
By the end of the summer, Lattimore plans to narrow his final eight list (Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, and South Carolina) to five schools. After his most recent UNC visit, he revealed that UNC will likely make the next cut. Beginning last fall, Lattimore has made several visits to UNC. More importantly, though, UNC is one of the five schools his mother has visited -- Auburn, Clemson, South Carolina, and Tennessee are the other four.
Zach Zwinak

6'2" 230 lbs. 4.60 Frederick (Md.) Linganore High School
Technically, UNC is recruiting Zwinak as an athlete. UNC doesn't see him as a tailback, his desired position. Instead, the staff projects him as a fullback or H-back. He visited UNC in mid-June with his mother, a UNC grad. Zwinak, who has collected over 20 scholarship offers and made several visits during the spring and summer months, reportedly hasn't established a favorites list. His father, B.J., played for Virginia Tech in the '80s.

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