Recruiting Analysis: Offensive Backfield

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 a position-by-position insider breakdown.


2010 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
13T.J. Yates 6-4 220Gr/Sr38
14Braden Hanson 6-6200Jr/So 34
15A.J. Blue 6-2 225So/So85
2Bryn Renner 6-3195 So/Fr 8

UNC didn't sign any quarterbacks with the 2010 class -- with the intentions of signing two in the 2011 class. Half of that goal was accomplished less than a week following Signing Day when Everett Golson verbally committed during a press conference at his high school.

Even before Justin Worley committed to Tennessee, UNC's focus has been on three quarterbacks for the remaining spot – Jacoby Brissett, Vad Lee, and Marquise Williams. UNC hasn't expressed a preference among the three and plans to accept the first one who verbally commits, and then move on.


Targets With Offers 
Jacoby Brissett

6'4" 225 lbs. 4.50 Jupiter (Fla.) Dwyer High School
Outside of a handful of June visits (Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, UNC, Tennessee, and Wisconsin), recruiting has been an afterthought for Brissett, who has received over 20 football and a handful of basketball scholarships. He doesn't claim any favorite schools and isn't sure when he'll name some or even make a verbal commitment. The one thing he does know is: he wants to play both football and basketball in college.
Vad Lee

6'1" 190 lbs. 4.780 Durham (N.C.) Hillside High School
Up until a month ago, UNC was a strong player for Lee -- and even his leader at one point. He made countless campus visits and is close friends of UNC pledge T.J. Thorpe. Now, though, he lists Duke, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, and Wake Forest as his favorites and plans to make a verbal commitment in early August.
Marquise Williams

6'2" 215 lbs. 4.75 Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek High School
This Saturday, Williams will announce his college decision at a press conference held at his high school. His finalists are Michigan, UNC, and Virginia Tech. Michigan is the lone finalist Williams has not visited. He has made several visits to UNC; most recently he attended the Tar Heels' camp.

Running Back

2010 Scholarship Roster 
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
20Shaun Draughn 6-0210 Gr/Sr24 (S)
34Johnny White 5-10 205Gr/Sr41
32Ryan Houston 6-2245 Sr/Sr20
40Hunter Furr 6-0 205So/So97 (S) 
26Giovanni Bernard 5-10205 Fr/Fr13
# Name Ht Wt Cl/El Rk
6Anthony Elzy 5-10 215Gr/Sr6
45Devon Ramsay 6-2245 Sr/Jr6

With four running backs graduating following this season – three tailbacks and a fullback – and UNC signing just one in the 2010 class, running back is a major focus of UNC's 2011 class.

In a perfect scenario, UNC would sign a fullback and two tailbacks – a big ‘back and an all-purpose runner. UNC would only take a third tailback if it could sign a speedy, utility guy like Romar Morris.

Savon Huggins is UNC's top running back target, according to sources. He's exactly what UNC is looking for in an all-purpose ‘back.

Travis Riley, who committed to UNC in early April, has the power and frame to eventually grow into the big ‘back that is desired.

UNC has offered only one prospect as a fullback – Tremayne McNair. However, UNC also likes him as a linebacker, which is the position for which every other school is recruiting him.

And then there's Jamal Womble, who transferred out of UNC to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College following the fall semester due to academic issues. If/when he graduates from Hutchinson in December, UNC will decide whether to accept him back for the spring semester.

UNC is interested in several other non-offered running back prospects, including Richie Dyer (Fork Union (Va.) Miliary), Chris Hairston (Winston-Salem (N.C.) Parkland), Deion Walker (Matthews (N.C.) Butler), Brandon Wilds (Blythewood (S.C.)), and LaMont Wims (Frederick (Md.) St. John's).

Targets With Offers 
Mike Blakely

5'9" 195 lbs. 4.50 Miami (Fla.) Bradenton High School
Over 30 schools have offered Blakely a scholarship. His most recent list included six favorites -- consisting of a leading group in Auburn, Florida, South Carolina and then Ole Miss, Tennessee and Southern Cal. Auburn is considered by insiders to be the odds-on favorite.
Jeremiah Bryson

5'8" 175 lbs. 4.89 Smyrna (Tenn.) High School
At one point, UNC was Bryson's leader -- primarily after he visited the school for the Miami football game. He now lists the Tar Heels with Illinois, Maryland, and Pittsburgh as his favorite schools. All four favorites have offered, plus Kent State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, and Ohio.
Andrew Buie

6'2" 230 lbs. 4.60 Frederick (Md.) Linganore High School
After visiting several schools this summer, Buie plans to come out with a favorite schools list. He hopes to include UNC among his travels, but definitive plans haven't been established. Nearly 20 schools have offered him, including Auburn, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Most schools are recruiting him as a running back, but there are a few that believe his best fit is at defensive back.
Shon Carson

5'9" 195 lbs. 4.45 Lake City (S.C.) High School

Despite receiving a dozen scholarship offers, Carson has given his recruitment very little attention due to his hectic schedule. He also excels at baseball and would like to play both sports in college -- most schools have offered him that opportunity. He's close friends with UNC pledge Everett Golson, but hasn't been able to make a visit to UNC.
Savon Huggins

5'11" 183 lbs. 4.55 Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep School
Huggins recently trimmed his list of over 60 scholarship offers to ten schools -- Florida, Georgia, Miami, UNC, Notre Dame, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, and Wisconsin. By the end of the summer, he plans to cut the list in half. He visited UNC in early April and raved about the trip so much that his teammate, Keith Lumpkin, decided to visit himself.
Tremayne McNair

6'0" 211 lbs. 4.55 Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak High School
McNair's last reported top five schools list consisted of Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, and UNC. All five favorites have offered, as well as East Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and West Virginia. UNC is the only school recruiting him as a fullback/linebacker -- every other school plans to keep him at linebacker. The Tar Heels' Junior Day was his first and only recruiting visit to UNC. He isn't looking to make a verbal commitment until after the football season.
Romar Morris

5'9" 172 lbs. 4.30 Salisbury (N.C.) High School
Morris recently named Clemson, Georgia Tech, UNC, South Carolina, and Tennessee as his five final schools. Morris, who has already visited Georgia Tech and UNC, plans to visit his three other finalists before the end of the summer. After those visits, he will decide whether to make a verbal commitment or continue his recruitment into the football season. At UNC's camp, he worked out mostly at wide receiver.

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