The University of North Carolina Tar Heels quietly signed five top 300 recruits before National Signing Day ever began. In fact, of their 17 recruits all were signed before NSD 2013. While big name targets were given scholarship offers, the school didn’t have any players that chose to wait until yesterdays event. Fans should be impressed by the school’s ability to lock in key players so early.
Brian Walker, the team’s highest ranked recruit received an offer from the Auburn Tigers and numerous ACC teams but signed with the Tar Heels March 21, 2012. Walker is a shifty cornerback out of Mallard Creek High School in North Carolina. He has a high football IQ and matches up near flawlessly in zone and man packages. Walker is a top 125 recruit and should start right away for UNC.
The team’s second highest ranked recruit is Greg Webb. He is a DT out of Timber Creek High School. It is safe to say that almost every school in the nation wanted this young man. He turned down an offer from National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide as well as offers from Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Michigan Wolverines, USC Trojans and Ohio State Buckeyes among others. Name a school and there’s a good chance Webb said “no thanks” to their offer. Webb should contribute instantly and should help the Tar Heels defensive line for years to come.
Next up, the Tar Heels inked a highly coveted quarterback. Mitch Trubisky, out of Mentor High School also turned down the champion Crimson Tide in favor of North Carolina. He is the 7th best quarterback recruit in the country. He had his mind made up early and signed in May of 2012. Trubisky possesses instincts that can’t be coached. When a play breaks down, he has that “it” factor to see positive yards from a scramble or tight throw.
UNC also nabbed two wide receivers. The first is Johnathan Howard from Georgia. At 6’4″, he possesses the natural big frame college coaches look for in a wideout. He is a much needed target for the school. I see him lining up early and often on the field if he can manage the playbook. Opposite him in the future should be incoming recruit Jordan Fieulleteau, WR from Wakefield High School. He’s another tall receiver with sure hands and good route running.
While the Tar Heels would have liked to have landed a number of other high recruits from National Signing Day 2013, I think they are content with who they were able to sign beforehand. Look for them to contend in the ACC’s Coastal Conference again this upcoming season.