Recruiting Analysis: Defensive Back

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.

Defensive Backs

2009 Scholarship Roster 
# 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
19Josh Hunter 6-1172 Fr/Fr 64
26Mywan Jackson 5-11170 Fr/Fr 67 (WR)
1Gene Robinson 5-10163 Fr/Fr 27 (S)
24Terry Shankle 5-11170 Fr/Fr 30
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)
Strong Safety
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
25Matt Merletti 5-11200 Jr/JrNR
21Da'Norris Searcy 6-0200 Jr/Jr8 (LB)
43Curtis Campbell 6-2205 Fr/FrNR

UNC's goal is to sign three defensive backs – two cornerbacks and one safety – with the 2010 class. But in light of recent developments, the current plan of attack to land those three will receive a facelift.

In addition to watching two top prospects on the cornerback board commit elsewhere (A.J. Marshall to Wake Forest and Louis Young to Stanford), two of UNC's main CB targets, Garry Peters and Darius Robinson, are no longer listing the Tar Heels.

As it stands now, UNC's top cornerback targets remaining include T.J. Mutcherson and Brendon Felder.

At safety, the situation is also up in the air. Although UNC is in the thick of things with top target Ed Reynolds and has a shot with heralded recruits Sean Parker and Marvin Robinson, the Tar Heels have fallen out of the race for another top target, David Amerson.


Targets With Offers 
Latwan Anderson

5'11" 190 lbs. 4.45 Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School
A month ago, Anderson listed his top five schools in order: West Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, UNC, and Miami. He plans to take that list into the season and officially visit all five schools before deciding. UNC is in the minority by recruiting him as a cornerback -- most schools project him as a safety.
Brendon Felder

5'10" 162 lbs. 4.37 Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway High School
Felder has used the summer camping circuit as a platform to land several scholarship offers, including grants from Maryland and UNC. Recently, he listed Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, UNC, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse as the schools he's looking at the hardest. UNC likes him almost equally as a slot receiver and definitely as a returner.
Don Hursey

5'10" 176 lbs. 4.45 Washington (D.C.) Woodson High School
Hursey is looking to make a verbal commitment sometime in August. His scholarship offer list includes UNC and Vanderbilt. In an effort to increase that list and also help with his actual decision, he has attended camps at Maryland, UNC, NC State, Temple, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. He plans to camp at Wake Forest and return to Virginia Tech's camp this month.
T.J. Mutcherson
6'0" 190 lbs. 4.48 Tampa (Fla.) Freedom High School
Mutcherson received his lone offer from UNC after attending the Tar Heels' three-day camp. However, he feels Florida State and Rutgers are close to following suit. He doesn't have a firm list of favorites, but is strongly considering all the Florida schools, plus Michigan, UNC, and Rutgers. After his senior football season, he plans to take his five official visits and then make a verbal commitment.

Targets With Offers 
Sean Parker

5'10" 175 lbs. 4.55 Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne High School
Although it seems like a long shot for UNC, Parker is supposedly open to every interested school and strongly desires to go out-of-state. By the end of the summer, he plans to narrow his choices to the five schools he will officially visit. He has already scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame (Sept. 4) and working on setting up travel plans with Michigan.
Ed Reynolds
6'2" 190 lbs. 4.55 Woodberry Forest (Va.) High School
Reynolds has visited, and says he equally likes, all five schools that have offered him -- Duke, UNC, NC State, Stanford, and Virginia. But, he doesn't have a leader. By the end of the summer, he hopes to have some order to his favorite list and maybe even narrow it down to three schools by the end of the summer. It can't be ignored that his father played at Virginia.
Marvin Robinson

6'1" 186 lbs. 4.63 Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region High School
Robinson verbally committed to Michigan in mid-April. Regardless, he's still considering taking official visits to Alabama, Georgia, UNC, South Florida, and Tennessee. Furthermore, he communicates regularly with coaches at USF, as well as UNC assistant coach John Blake.

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