Recruiting Analysis: Receivers

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.

Wide Receivers

2009 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
8Greg Little 6-3215 Jr/Jr 12
83Dwight Jones 6-5210 So/So 16
82Todd Harrelson 6-2 190So/Fr77
3Josh Adams 6-4200 Fr/Fr 42
87Jheranie Boyd 6-2185Fr/Fr 7
88Erik Highsmith 6-3175Fr/Fr NR
11Josh McKie 6-0185 Fr/Fr 126

With verbal commitments from Brendon Felder and Reggie Wilkins, UNC has filled its initial goal at wide receiver -- two speedy playmakers.

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 
Antonio Goodwin

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.
Jazz King

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.

Tight End

2009 Scholarship Roster 
Tight End
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
49Ryan Taylor 6-3240 Sr/Sr46
80Ed Barham 6-3 260Sr/Jr73
83Trevor Stuart 6-3240 Sr/JrNR
85Rashad Mason 6-5220Jr/So 14 (WR)
95Nelson Hurst 6-4245 So/So56
Hybrid Back
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
84Vince Jacobs 6-7 235Sr/Jr28
17Zach Pianalto 6-4255 Jr/Jr21
33Christian Wilson 6-3 235So/So7
86Randy White 6-5240 So/FrNR

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.

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