2006 Battle of NC --- Updated

For its fifth straight season, the NC Prep Report Staff has compiled its Battle of North Carolina rankings. For the fourth time in that span, North Carolina is set to head-up the list with the highest score the ranking has ever seen.

First compiled for the 2002 recruiting class, the Battle of North Carolina (BONC) is a ranking system that helps determine which in-state school wins the battle for in-state talent. The ranking is based on a formula that takes into account not only the amount of in-state talent signed, but also the quality of that talent.

With the faxing of Aleric Mullins' Letter of Intent to Chapel Hill, North Carolina broke two BONC records – highest score and most in-state signees.

By accumulating a final score of 136.25, the Tar Heels broke the scoring record for the second year in the row. Last season UNC set the record with a score of 104.

When Michael Ingersoll verbally committed in early December, North Carolina tied the record for most in-state commits set by East Carolina back in 2002. When Mullins put that Carolina Blue cap on during his announcement, the Heels officially broke the record with 15.

Much of North Carolina's success is attributed to the signing of three in-state four-star recruits – Deunta Williams, Mullins, and Hakeem Nicks.

East Carolina barely edged out Wake Forest for their second, second place finish in the BONC. As usual, the Pirates signed a class dominated by North Carolina natives. The late addition of Norman Whitley put a three-star recruit on their commitment list providing the slight edge.

Four of Wake Forest's six in-state signees find their names among Scout.com's NC Top 30 – Dennis Godfrey, Josh Adams, Matt Woodlief, and Marshall Williams. The Demon Deacons received a scare when Godfrey, who committed over the summer, decided to visit other schools before solidifying Wednesday.

With the signing of just four in-state players, N.C. State received a personal low score of 74. However, only one of the four received a star rating of less than three.

For the first time during the BONC's existence, Duke's 2006 recruiting class lacks a North Carolina native.

By plucking the state's top two recruits – Carl Johnson and Brandon Spikes – Florida received the highest score among the out-of-state schools. Also making a push was Virginia, who landed four North Carolina natives.


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