|2009 Scholarship Roster|
No unit will be hit harder by graduation following the 2009 season than the
defensive line group (note Aleric Mullins can earn an additional year of eligibility by meeting certain academic goals). To help replenish the depth chart, UNC will look to sign
between four and six defensive linemen – at least two ends and two tackles, and
possibly a ‘tweener prospect like Kareem Martin.
In addition to Martin, the top targets at end include Alfy Hill and Corey Miller. At tackle, Ego Ferguson, Sharrif Floyd, Brandon Willis, and Jeff Whitaker are UNC's main targets.
While UNC has yet to receive its first verbal commitment for this unit, the Tar Heels are in good shape with most of their top targets.
Targets With Offers
6'4" 245 lbs. 4.60 Shallotte (N.C.) West Brunswick High School
In May, Hill began working on scheduling a press conference to announce his collegiate decision. However, a school tragedy postponed the announcement, while second thoughts led him to cancel it altogether. He later revealed that he had planned to select UNC at his press conference. In late-June, he made a surprise visit to UNC to get some important questions answered. He returned from that visit singing UNC's praises and set July 20 – a few days after his Alabama visit – as his new announcement date. However, he is having second thoughts, again.
6'6" 229 lbs. 4.69 Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) High School
By the end of July, Martin plans to narrow his list of 13 scholarship offers to six or seven schools. He revealed that Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, UNC, and Virginia Tech were likely to make the cut. He then hopes to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season. He has visited UNC several times, including the Tar Heels' camp the past two summers.
6'4" 218 lbs. 4.70 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Miller named California, Florida State, UNC, Tennessee, and UCLA his final five schools. Like his teammates, he has made several visits to UNC. He doesn't have an exact decision timetable established, but believes he'll make a verbal commitment during the football season.
Targets With Offers
6'4" 270 lbs. 5.10 Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy
Of the 44 schools that have offered him a scholarship, Ferguson recently announced that he is considering 21: California, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, UNC, NC State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Southern Cal, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech, and Vanderbilt. He hopes to narrow things down to five to 10 schools by the time the season starts. In the meantime, he plans to continue to tour the country. He has already visit nearly 30 schools, including UNC.
6'3" 280 lbs. 4.90 Philadelphia (Pa.) Washington High School
Floyd is in the process of developing a favorites list of five schools from his 30-plus scholarship offers. Reportedly, Boston College, Penn State, and Rutgers will make the cut. Michigan, UNC, Ohio State, and South Carolina are vying for the final two spots. After taking his official visits, he will make a verbal commitment. He visited UNC during the spring, where he received an official scholarship.
6'5" 230 lbs. 4.91 Greensboro (N.C.) Northern Guilford High School
Since the beginning of the spring, King's recruitment has been a battle between California and UNC. King has transferred schools and been ruled ineligible to participate in NCHSAA competition. He has slowly been moving towards Cal, and in the meantime UNC has cooled on him, despite the staff's strong feelings for his abilities.
6'3" 299 lbs. 5.34 Warner Robins (Ga.) High School
Whitaker has spent the last several months training for his senior football season -- and that's basically it. Recruiting has been an afterthought and won't become the focus until after the season. While he doesn't claim any favorites, in several reports he has listed Auburn, California, Clemson, Georgia, UNC, Oregon, and Tennessee as schools of interest.
6'4" 255 lbs. 4.80 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Willis recently named California, Florida State, UNC, Tennessee, and UCLA as his final five schools. He plans to officially visit all five schools before making a November verbal commitment. He has made several unofficial visits to UNC the past year, including attending the Tar Heels' camp in June.