|2009 Scholarship Roster|
No unit will be hit harder by graduation following the 2009 season than the
defensive line group – especially at tackle, where three players will graduate
and a fourth, Marvin Austin, may leave early for the NFL.
Heading into the year, defensive line was already one of UNC's top recruiting priorities. With many other position needs filling up, D-line now becomes the biggest focus.
To help replenish the depth chart, UNC will look to sign roughly four defensive linemen. Within that four will be at least two tackles and one end.
In addition to the targets listed below, UNC will continue to pursue committed recruits Tavares Barnes (Florida State), Kaleb Eulls (Mississippi State), Alfy Hill (Alabama), and Corey Miller (Tennessee).
Targets With Offers
6'8" 255 lbs. 4.75 Perkinston (Miss.) Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Dorsey has taken official visits to Florida State, Mississippi, and UNC. During the Thanksgiving break, he planned to decide between opting for one of those three schools or continuing to take official visits.
6'4" 209 lbs. 4.70 St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs High School
Jackson took an official visit to Wake Forest in September and has official trips scheduled to UNC and Stanford. His fourth visit will likely go to Mississippi, while his fifth is still up for grabs. In addition to the four aforementioned schools, Jackson lists Iowa State, Kentucky, South Florida, and Vanderbilt to round out his top eight. All of the listed schools have offered.
6'6" 229 lbs. 4.69 Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) High School
Martin has unofficially visited all five of his finalists -- Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, UNC, and Virginia Tech. Unless the mood strikes him to make an early commitment, he plans to officially visit each finalist. He has already made official trips to Duke, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech. UNC has specifically asked to wait until after the season to host Martin on an official visit. During the season Martin attended several games in Chapel Hill.
Targets With Offers
6'2" 257 lbs. 4.98 Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus High School
Farmer, who grew up following the Tar Heels, lists UNC as his leader. Rounding out his favorites list are Alabama, Clemson, Duke, NC State, and Tennessee. Clemson and UNC are the only schools not recruiting him for tight end. Farmer, who doesn't plan on committing until Signing Day, is in the process of scheduling official visits.
6'3" 280 lbs. 4.90 Philadelphia (Pa.) Washington High School
During an early November interview, Floyd revealed that he knew his collegiate destination, but won't announce it until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In that interview he named Florida, UNC, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, and USC as his finalists. He has taken official visits to Florida, Ohio State, and USC, and is scheduled to officially visit UNC during the weekend of Dec. 11. He previously visited UNC during the spring, where he received an official scholarship. If his schedule permits, he could use his final official trip to revisit South Carolina.
6'3" 299 lbs. 5.34 Warner Robins (Ga.) High School
This week, Whitaker will host in-home visits with coaches from Auburn, Georgia, Miami, and UNC. He will then visit UNC this coming weekend for his first official visit. He hasn't scheduled any other official trips and hasn't revealed any definite destinations. A couple of weeks back, he narrowed his list of contending schools to the four aforementioned programs, plus Alabama, California, Florida State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
6'3" 285 lbs. 4.85 Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy
Watson's decision to prep at Hargrave to improve his recruiting stock has paid off -- in just a few months, he has collected a half dozen offers. He has taken an official trip to Boston College, and has visits scheduled to Duke (12/4), Clemson (12/11), and UNC (12/18). In late December, he plans to decide between those four schools. He will enroll at his chosen school in January.
6'4" 255 lbs. 4.80 Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes High School
In September, Willis, along with teammate Corey Miller, verbally committed to Tennessee. The pledge hasn't stopped him from officially visiting other schools. Thus far, he has officially visited UNC, Tennessee, and UCLA. He's in the process of scheduling a trip to Miami and will likely officially visit California.