Recruiting Analysis: Linebacker

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.

2009 Scholarship Roster 
Will Linebacker
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
52Quan Sturdivant 6-2 235Jr/Jr9
47Zach Brown 6-2225 So/So NR
35Herman Davidson 6-2 225So/So19 (S)
Mike Linebacker
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
36Kennedy Tinsley 6-0225 Gr/Sr NR
58Ebele Okakpu 6-2 215So/So11
48Kevin Reddick 6-3230 Fr/Fr 12
53Hawatha Bell 6-1225 Fr/Fr 15
Sam Linebacker
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
54Bruce Carter 6-3 230Jr/Jr64
57 Dion Guy 6-4225So/Fr NR
41Shane Mularkey 6-2210Fr/Fr 76

According to Inside Carolina's sources, the UNC coaching staff thinks it has as many as five linebackers on roster who project best at MIKE – and only one is a senior. Thus, the entire recruiting focus has been on outside linebacker prospects.

With verbal commitments from Ty Linton (Charlotte (N.C.) Latin) and Darius Lipford (Lenior (N.C.) Hibriten), plus the pending pledge from P.J. Clyburn (Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell), UNC has filled its linebacker need.

However, the staff will continue to pursue Jeremy Deering. Deering, who UNC is recruiting as an athlete with a projection of linebacker, is versatile enough to play several different positions at the collegiate level.

Clyburn will technically be a part of the 2010 recruiting class, but given his academic situation there's a good chance he'll enroll as a 2011 recruit. He's likely to spend the fall semester prepping and then will enroll at UNC in January '11.

Speaking of the 2011 class of linebackers, the UNC staff compares it to the 2011 quarterback crop, per IC sources. There are four linebackers in-state alone that the UNC coaching staff is enthralled with: Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County), Kris Frost (Matthews (N.C.) Butler), Norkeithus Otis (Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook), and Christian Russell (Fayetteville (N.C.) Westover). Curtis Grant (Richmond (Va.) Hermitage), Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach (Va.) Kempsville), and James Vaughters (Tucker (Ga.)) are among the out-of-staters the staff favors.

Russell made a commitment to UNC in early October that he quickly retracted, though UNC remains atop his list.

Targets With Offers 
Jeremy Deering

6'0" 190 lbs. 4.50 Tampa (Fla.) Leto High School
UNC is the lone school recruiting Deering as a linebacker -- most schools are recruiting him as a running or wide receiver. He has taken an official visit to Purdue and has one scheduled to Illinois (12/11). He's considering scheduling official trips with Alabama, UNC, Rutgers, and South Florida. Originally, he was scheduled to officially visit UNC the weekend the Tar Heels defeated Miami, but canceled after breaking his collarbone.

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