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 a position-by-position board breakdown.


2009 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
13T.J. Yates 6-3 220Sr/Jr38
7Mike Paulus 6-5215 Jr/So 11
14Braden Hanson 6-6200So/Fr 34
2Bryn Renner 6-3195 Fr/Fr 8

UNC typically aims to sign one quarterback with every recruiting class. However, after previewing the 2011 crop -- and discovering how many are favoring the Tar Heels -- the staff decided not to sign a quarterback with this class and sign two prospects with the next class.

Already, UNC has offered twice as many 2011 prospects as it did in 2010.

UNC is in great shape with 2011 targets Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach (S.C.)) and Justin Worley (Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern). Golson has already publicly labeled UNC his favorite, while Worley, whose parents are both UNC alumni, lists UNC among his favorite schools and has been a regular at Kenan Stadium for UNC home games.

Christian LeMay (Matthews (N.C.) Butler), Marquise Williams (Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek), and Max Wittek (Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei) are additional 2011 prospects with scholarship offers and have visited UNC.

Running Back

2009 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
20Shaun Draughn 6-0210 Sr/Jr24 (S)
6Anthony Elzy 5-10 215Sr/Jr6
34Johnny White 5-10 205Sr/Jr41
32Ryan Houston 6-2245 Jr/Jr20
5Jamal Womble 5-10 230So/Fr13 
38A.J. Blue 6-2225 Fr/Fr85 (QB)
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
4Bobby Rome 5-11245 Gr/SrNR
45Devon Ramsay 6-2245 Jr/So6
40Hunter Furr 6-0 205Fr/Fr97 (S)

In addition to former signee Jerrell Rhodes, who will enroll in January after spending the fall semester at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, UNC aims to sign one or two running backs.

From the get-go, Marcus Lattimore has been the No. 1 2010 target regardless of position. To put it into perspective, Lattimore's weekly phone call from UNC comes from Butch Davis.

Right behind Lattimore on the recruiting board are Corvin Lamb, Casey Turner, and Lucky Radley.

Depending on the scholarship situation, UNC could sign a fullback. If so, the staff will look at Aaron Jones, a 6-foot-1, 226-pounder from Greensboro (N.C.) Western Guilford. Jones has already admitted that he'd commit to UNC upon receiving an offer from the school.

Although UNC hasn't offered, the staff is tracking C.J. Frederick (Benson (N.C.) West Johnston), Mustafa Greene (Columbia (S.C.) Irmo), and Dejor Simmons (Virginia Beach (Va.) Green Run).

UNC is already in pursuit of 2011 prospects Jeremiah Bryson (Smyrna (Tenn.)), Shon Carson (Lake City (S.C.)), and Aaron Green (San Antonio (Texas) Madison). All three have received UNC scholarship offers.

Targets With Offers 
Corvin Lamb

5'9" 191 lbs. 4.52 Miami (Fla.) Northwestern High School
Lamb recently named UNC his leader over Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, and Nebraska. He has received scholarship offers from all of his favorites, except Florida and LSU. He doesn't have any official visits yet, but he attempted to schedule an official visit to UNC in mid-November. He plans to wait until Signing Day to announce which school he'll sign with.
Marcus Lattimore

6'0" 210 lbs. 4.55 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Lattimore, who has already officially visited Auburn and Penn State, has January official trips scheduled with Oregon (1/15), UNC (1/22), and Georgia (1/29). Although it won't receive an official visit, in-state South Carolina is very much a contender. Lattimore plans to announce his decision the day before Signing Day. Beginning last fall, he has made several unofficial visits to UNC.
Lucky Radley

5'9" 184 lbs. 4.50 Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft High School
Roughly a week after his UNC official visit -- which was his first and only -- Radley discussed the possibility of verbally committing with UNC. He'll likely take all five of his official visits before actually making a verbal commitment. South Carolina is the lone known future destination. UNC is the only school not recruiting Radley as a safety.
Casey Turner

5'11" 190 lbs. 4.50 Jacksonville (Fla.) White High School
Turner made a soft verbal commitment to Florida International in late October. He still plans to take most, if not all, of his official visits. He has an official trip with Rutgers scheduled for the first weekend in December. In addition to the aforementioned schools and UNC, Turner has received offers from Arkansas, Illinois, and South Carolina.

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