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UNC could look to secure a verbal commitment from a third prospect if he is either a two-way player (i.e. an athlete capable of playing both receiver and defensive back) or a stud with speed and playmaking ability. Jazz King fits into the former category, while LSU pledge Mike Davis, Chris Dunkley, Auburn pledge Antonio Goodwin, and South Carolina pledge Sean Tapley fall into the latter.
2009 signee Ray Ray Davis had to enroll at a junior college, because of his academic situation. The earliest he will be able to enroll is January 2011.
In addition to Davis' commitment, UNC is among the favorites for four 2011 prospects: K.J. Brent (Waxhaw (N.C.) Marvin Ridge), Nigel King (Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield), Vad Lee (Durham (N.C.) Hillside), and T.J. Thorpe (Durham (N.C.) Jordan). All four have made several visits to UNC.
Targets With Offers
6'2" 170 lbs. 4.40 Atlanta (Ga.) Washington High School
In July, Goodwin verbally committed to Auburn. UNC has heavily recruited him since the spring and kept in contact even after he made his pledge. Thus when Goodwin decided to look around, UNC was one of the first schools he agreed to visit. UNC's decision to offer Goodwin's teammate and best friend, Qudral Forte, only strengthens their position. An in-season unofficial visit to UNC fell through, but Goodwin plans to officially visit in January. He is also considering Alabama, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
5'11" 175 lbs. 4.50 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
Since last fall, UNC has tracked King and he has made several visits to the campus. However, it wasn't until after Byrnes' nationally televised game against Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas that UNC offered. By that point, King had collected offers from Kansas, Marshall, Mississippi, and Tulane. Following a recent UNC trip, King narrowed his focus to Mississippi and UNC. He plans to officially visit both schools, but says he could commit before those visits take place.
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With Alex Smith's commitment Tuesday, UNC is finished at tight end. The staff aimed to sign two tight ends -- a true tight end and a hybrid back. Sean Fitzpatrick, who switched his pledge from Maryland to UNC in mid-August, fits the mold of the H-back, while Smith projects best as a true tight end.
At this position, UNC will shift its focus forward to the 2011 class. Two of its top targets -- Eric Ebron (Greensboro (N.C.) Smith) and Drew Owens (Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell) -- are both already listing UNC as their leaders and have made several campus trips.