Recruiting Analysis: Defensive Back

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.

Defensive Backs

2009 Scholarship Roster 
Cornerback
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
23 Jordan Hemby 5-10 190 Gr/Sr 29
16Kendric Burney 5-9190 Sr/Jr 48
12Charles Brown 5-10 205Jr/JrNR
37LeCount Fantroy 5-11185 Jr/So NR
19Josh Hunter 6-2185 Fr/Fr 64
26Mywan Jackson 5-11175 Fr/Fr 67 (WR)
1Gene Robinson 5-11175 Fr/Fr 27 (S)
24Terry Shankle 5-11175 Fr/Fr 30
Free Safety
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
10Melvin Williams 6-0 200Sr/SrNR
27Deunta Williams 6-2210 Sr/Jr14
29Brian Gupton 6-3185 Jr/So NR
43Curtis Campbell 6-2205 Fr/FrNR
Strong Safety
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
25Matt Merletti 5-11185 Jr/JrNR
21Da'Norris Searcy 6-0210 Jr/Jr8 (LB)
28Jonathan Smith 6-2 210Jr/Jr35 (LB)

Outside of the defensive line, the secondary is UNC's biggest current recruiting focus for the class of 2010. The goal for this class has been to sign three defensive backs – two cornerbacks and a safety – in addition to D.J. Bunn, who signed with UNC last February but spent the fall prepping at Chatham (Va.) Military Academy.

Jabari Price's early-November pledge brings UNC closer to its goal.

When it comes to defensive backs, UNC's philosophy is to recruit cornerbacks, outside of a few elite safeties. Once on campus, the approach is that those who don't fit at cornerback can be easily moved to safety.

With that said, if things fall through with top safety prospect Ed Reynolds, there's a good chance UNC could just sign three cornerbacks, in addition to Bunn.

With its summer camps, UNC got off to a great start with the 2011 class. Demetrious Nicholson (Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside) camped at UNC and has the Tar Heels high on his list, while Brian Riggins has made several trips to Chapel Hill.

Cornerback

Targets With Offers 
Christian Bryant

5'10" 173 lbs. 4.66 Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville High School
Bryant is tentatively scheduled to officially visit UNC the weekend of Dec. 18. The weekend prior, he has an official trip scheduled to Ohio State. He has already officially visited Michigan State. Tennessee and West Virginia are the lead candidates for his final two slots. Bryant plans to make his collegiate decision in January.
Desmond Coble

5'10" 175 lbs. 4.50 Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook High School
UNC recently offered Coble, after tracking him all season long. He has also collected offers from Duke, Temple, and West Virginia. He has an official visit scheduled with Temple (Dec. 11) and is working on setting one up with UNC and West Virginia. He has attended a couple UNC games the past two seasons, including the Miami game in November.
Qudral Forte

6'0" 175 lbs. 4.64 Atlanta (Ga.) Washington High School
After receiving a scholarship offer from UNC in early November, Forte named the Tar Heels his leader. UNC is also heavily pursuing his teammate, Antonio Goodwin, who has committed to Auburn. Forte has scheduled an officially visit with Toledo (Dec. 5), and is discussing official trip dates with East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, and UNC. All of the aforementioned schools have offered, except Georgia Tech.
DeQuan Menzie

6'0" 180 lbs. 4.55 Wesson (Miss.) Copiah-Lincoln CC
Menzie had narrowed his focus to UNC and Tennessee. However, after a November official visit to Mississippi, Ole Miss has made it a three-school race. He has also taken an official visit to Tennessee and is considering scheduling one with UNC. Menzie is a JuCo transfer who won't graduate until May.
T.J. Mutcherson

5'11" 190 lbs. 4.48 Tampa (Fla.) Freedom High School
Mutcherson has narrowed his focus to three schools: Central Michigan, UNC, and Rutgers -- all three have offered. He plans to officially visit all three schools before deciding. The only trip he has scheduled is with Rutgers for this weekend. Mutcherson has camped and attended a game at UNC (vs. Miami).

Safety
Targets With Offers 
Ed Reynolds
6'2" 190 lbs. 4.55 Woodberry Forest (Va.) High School
Reynolds says UNC and Stanford are his top two schools, while Duke and NC State are just behind them. He has officially visited Stanford and has official trips scheduled with Duke (12/5) and UNC (12/11). NC State will likely get an official visit from Reynolds, as well as a fifth unknown school. He attended UNC's team camp and the UNC-Miami game.

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