|2009 Scholarship Roster|
With two verbal commitments, UNC's offensive line recruitment is in great shape.
Not only have the Tar Heels filled two of their biggest needs (and a center with
extensive snapping experience), they have filled those needs with top targets
James Hurst and Russell Bodine.
Regardless, the staff isn't finished. In addition to Hurst, Bodine, and signee Johnnie Farms, UNC will aim to land verbal commitments from two or three offensive linemen. UNC is shooting for at least one more offensive tackle and then a versatile prospect that could play both tackle and guard (similar to incoming freshman Brennan Williams). A third additional pledge would most likely be a guard prospect.
Farms, who will spend the fall semester at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, and Hurst are expected to enroll in January.
Targets With Offers
6'8" 300 lbs. 5.10 St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall High School
Henderson is the consensus No. 1 prospect in the nation, regardless of position. While he's perceived as a long shot at best for UNC, he actually contacted the staff to set up a visit. He was supposed to visit UNC on July 2, but the trip was canceled and is supposed to be rescheduled.
6'6" 300 lbs. 5.10 Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock High School
Recently, Kolb named a top five: Connecticut, UNC, Penn State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. He has unofficially visited all five schools and plans to take official trips to each before making a verbal commitment. He lived in Chapel Hill for six years and grew up a UNC fan.
6'6" 314 lbs. 5.2 Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic High School
Kouandjio was offered by UNC while attending the Tar Heels' Junior Day. At the time, only Maryland and Pittsburgh had offered. Now, he is staring at a scholarship offer pile that's nearly 40 schools high. He plans to narrow his list of choices down to five schools by the end of the summer and then make a verbal commitment after the football season. In the meantime, UNC is putting the full court press on him as both John Blake and Sam Pittman are recruiting him hard.
6'7" 300 lbs. 5.40 Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard High School
After several spring visits, Leifheit narrowed his list of 25-plus scholarship offers to seven schools: Florida, Florida State, LSU, UNC, NC State, Southern Cal, and Tennessee. His next step is to take official visits and then make a verbal commitment in October or November. He will enroll in his chosen school in January. Throughout his recruitment, UNC has been a strong player.
6'5" 290 lbs. 5.10 St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun Co. High School
Just about every ACC and SEC school has offered Mack a scholarship. By the end of the summer, he plans to establish a top ten schools list. In a recent interview, he said Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, UNC, and South Carolina were likely to make his list of ten. He isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.
6'6" 281 lbs. 5.17 Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut High School
Schofner, who has collected roughly 20 offers, lists Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, UNC, Purdue, South Carolina, and Wisconsin as favorites -- all seven have offered. Reportedly, he's leaning towards Michigan State. He doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until after the football season.
6'5" 278 lbs. 5.50 Roswell (Ga.) Centennial High School
Yankey hopes to trim his list of choices by the end of the summer. However, he will most likely wait until after the season to narrow things down and then will probably make a decision sometime in January. During the spring, he made visits to Duke, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UNC, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He's scheduled to visit Clemson, Florida, and Stanford in late July.