Recruiting Analysis: Receivers

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.

Wide Receivers

2007 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
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
3Josh Adams 6-4200 Fr/Fr 42
87Jhay Boyd 6-2184Fr/Fr 7
88Erik Highsmith 6-2165Fr/Fr NR
11Josh McKie 6-0175 Fr/Fr 126

To put it simply, UNC is looking for the next Brandon Tate.

The wide receiver roster is full of tall possession targets with adequate speed, but really lacks game-breaking burners. Thus, the staff's goal is to sign two wide receivers with elite speed.

Some of the top targets include Brendon Felder, Antonio Goodwin, James Louis, and Shakim Phillips. Additionally, UNC is really high on Reggie Wilkins (Shelby (N.C.) Crest), but he'll have to show academic improvement before receiving a UNC offer.

UNC's coaching staff is torn on where Felder, a Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway product, best projects. He is primarily being recruited as a cornerback, but could just as easily end up playing receiver if he were to choose UNC.

Former signee Ray Ray Davis, who is heading to Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior College, will strive to be a part of the 2010 class. However, its unlikely he'll be ready to enroll at UNC until January '11.

Targets With Offers 
Markeith Ambles

6'1" 185 lbs. 4.60 McDonough (Ga.) Henry County High School
Ambles says he's still considering 16 schools, but Florida is his leader. He camped at UNC last summer, but hasn't included Chapel Hill among this summer's trips. Instead, he has camped at California and Tennessee, and will camp at Florida State and Florida.
Tehvyn Brantley

5'8" 165 lbs. 4.57 Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Christian Academy
Unofficially, in the history of recruiting nobody has attended more camps than Brantley. By the end of this summer, he will have attended nearly 50 camps, he estimates, in the past two summers. All the traveling and working out paid off in mid-June when he received his first scholarship offer -- from UNC. By default, UNC is his favorite, but he isn't sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.
Jeremy Deering

6'0" 190 lbs. 4.50 Tampa (Fla.) Leto High School
UNC currently is left out of Deering's top ten list, which includes Alabama, Central Florida, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Purdue, South Carolina, and South Florida. Regardless, he reportedly will make a visit to UNC this summer. He plans to take all of his official visits before making a verbal commitment following his senior football season.
Antonio Goodwin

6'2" 170 lbs. 4.40 Atlanta (Ga.) Washington High School
Goodwin, who has accumulated over 20 scholarship offers, has basically put recruiting on the backburner until after his senior football season. He didn't take any visits during the spring, attended only a couple of camps, and doesn't envision visiting schools during the football season. He speaks to John Blake regularly, but no-showed UNC's camp.
Alex Kenney

6'0" 181 lbs. 4.40 State College (Pa.) High School
Reportedly, Kenney doesn't have a leader, but is focused on a few undisclosed schools.  He has visited Penn State and Virginia, and plans to visit both UNC and Wake Forest soon. He figures to commit before his senior football season.
James Louis

5'11" 180 lbs. 4.45 Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic High School
Louis attended UNC's three-day camp, where he only worked out during one session, but spent all three days in Chapel Hill with his coach. He has also camped at Central Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, and Rutgers this summer. Reportedly, he is favoring Florida, Georgia, UNC, and Ohio State. He is looking to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season.
Shakim Phillips

6'2" 195 lbs. 4.55 Wayne (N.J.) DePaul High School
Phillips has collected well over 20 scholarship offers, including grants from Boston College, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, UNC, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. He doesn't have any favorites, but plans to assemble a list of top schools sometime before the end of the summer. He figures to take his time with his recruitment and take most, if not all, of his official visits before making a verbal commitment.
Spencer Ware

5'11" 220 lbs. 4.71 Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton High School
After camping at UNC in mid-June, Ware announced that he was down to UNC and LSU and would decided between the two after visiting Baton Rouge. Since then, others, including Ohio State and Oregon, have pushed themselves into consideration, but haven't unseated the two co-leaders. His all-important visit to LSU could take place this summer or could wait for an official during the season.

Tight End

2007 Scholarship Roster 
Tight End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
80Ed Barham 6-3 265Sr/Jr73
83Trevor Stuart 6-3250 Sr/JrNR
17Zach Pianalto 6-4250 Jr/Jr21
Hybrid Back
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
49Ryan Taylor 6-3240 Sr/Sr46
84Vince Jacobs 6-7 235Sr/Jr28
33Christian Wilson 6-3 235So/So7
86Randy White 6-5240 So/FrNR

The unexpected release of signee Prizell Brown has changed UNC's recruitment of the tight end position. Instead of seeking just one prospect, UNC will aim to sign two tight ends with the 2010 class.

Kevin Haplea, Harrison Jones, and Alex Smith are UNC's main tight end targets, while the coaching staff continues to evaluate several un-offered prospects.

Targets With Offers 
Sean Fitzpatrick
6'5" 215 lbs. 4.70 Pittsford (N.Y.) High School
Fitzpatrick verbally committed to Maryland in February and has publicly stood firm on his pledge. Regardless, schools have continued to extend him scholarship offers, including UNC. Additionally, according to sources, he has told UNC representatives that he is at least willing to listen to pitches.
Kevin Haplea
6'4" 226 lbs. 4.94 Annandale (N.J.) North Hunterdon High School
Haplea plans to make a verbal commitment by the end of July. He has narrowed his options down to Florida State, UNC, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. In late June, he took a week-long east coast tour that included stops at Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, UNC, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. Before that trek, he had visited Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia.
Harrison Jones
6'4" 216 lbs. 4.80 Cordova (Tenn.) Evangelical Christian School
Jones, who holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State, Mississippi, UNC, and Oklahoma, aims to make a verbal commitment before his senior football season begins.  He doesn't claim a leader, but it can't be ignored that his brother, Barrett, plays at Alabama, while his father, Rex, is a former Tide basketball star. Jones camped at UNC last summer, attended the Notre Dame football game, and made a spring visit to UNC to meet Allen Mogridge after his hiring.
Alex Smith
6'5" 235 lbs. 4.80 West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West High School
Smith verbally committed to Cincinnati in February, only to de-commit nearly four months later. His recruitment now is a little fuzzy -- his favorite's list (Cincinnati, Miami, UNC, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) is fluid and he readily admits his decision deadline (before football season) is by no means set in stone. He has spent the weeks since de-committing visiting schools, including UNC with his mother.

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