2016 North Carolina Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 North Carolina Recruiting Class: The momentum of a strong 2015 season on the field carried over into a nice recruiting class full of lots and lots of prospects. Just about every position need is being addressed with a few options.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 North Carolina Recruiting Class: The momentum of a strong 2015 season on the field carried over into a nice recruiting class full of lots and lots of prospects. Just about every position need is being addressed with a few options.


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    North Carolina Football Recruiting Class Overview

    It’s a really, really big class, and while there might not be any killers coming in like some of the ACC’s big boys, there are more than enough very good prospects to hope that some of them hit big. Recruiting is a contact sport – the more contacts you make, the better your chances, and this year’s haul casts a wide net.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Defensive backs. It’s a huge recruiting class with a little of something for everyone including a couple of high-end quarterbacks in Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt, along with two big-time tight ends in Garrett Walston and Noah Turner. The secondary is loaded, especially with good-looking safeties led by Patrice Rene, Myles Dorn and Greg Ross. Throw in D.J. Ford and Myles Wolfolk, and the defense is getting a wave of talent.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    LB Jonathan Smith, 6-0, 229 – Guard Jay-Jay McCargo is a future starter, and getting LB J.B. Copeland from the JUCO ranks was good for the outside, but once Smith puts on a little weight, he has the quickness and skill to eventually be the team’s leading tackler. Even though he might need a year or so in the weight room, he has the game to see meaningful time early on. Notre Dame, Michigan and Michigan State were the other leaders for his services.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Linebacker. Considering the team ended its season getting run over by the Baylor ground game, losing experience at linebacker isn’t a plus. QB Marquise Williams is a huge loss, but most of the offense is back. The defense returns almost everyone up front and in the secondary, but Shakeel Rashad and Jeff Schoettmer leave holes at linebacker about to be filled in by some young options. This might be the key to the UNC season, at least on D.

    2016 North Carolina Football Recruiting Class

    Jordon Brown- RB 5-10 180 Durham, N.C. Southern
    Logan Byrd- QB 6-3 230 Warner Robins, Ga. Veterans
    Kyree Campbell DT 6-4 305 Woodbridge, Va. Woodbridge
    Allen Cater DE 6-4 240 Hiram, Ga. Mt. Paran Christian School
    J.B. Copeland- LB 6-3 225 Southlake, Texas Southlake Carroll/Navarro College
    Nolan DeFranco DE 6-6 230 Winter Garden, Fla. West Orange
    Myles Dorn- DB 6-2 185 Charlotte, N.C. Vance
    Marlon Dunlap DT 6-4 300 Charlotte, N.C. West Charlotte
    Luke Elder OL 6-4 290 LaGrange, Ga. LaGrange
    D.J. Ford DB 6-3 195 Ashland, Ala. Central
    Tomon Fox DE 6-3 235 Lawrenceville, Ga. Collins Hill
    Rontavius Groves WR 5-11 175 Nashville, Tenn. Pearl-Cohn
    Tyrone Hopper LB 6-4 210 Roswell, Ga. Roswell
    Roscoe Johnson WR 6-1 180 Jonesville, S.C. Union County
    Jay-Jay McCargo OL 6-4 300 Alexandria, Va. Bishop O’Connell
    James Pierre DB 6-0 170 Deerfield Beach, Fla. Deerfield Beach
    Tyler Pritchett OL 6-3 300 Auburn, Ala. Auburn
    Patrice Rene DB 6-2 200 Alexandria, Va. Episcopal
    Dominique Ross LB 6-3 210 Jacksonville, Fla. Trinity Christian Academy
    Greg Ross DB 6-1 175 Temple Hills, Md. Potomac
    K.J. Sails DB 5-11 165 Riverview, Fla. East Bay
    Jonathan Smith- LB 6-1 230 Laurinburg, N.C. Scotland
    Chazz Surratt QB 6-3 205 Denver, N.C. East Lincoln
    Noah Turner TE 6-3 245 Mundelein, Ill. Carmel Catholic
    Garrett Walston- TE 6-4 225 Wilmington, N.C. New Hanover
    Myles Wolfolk- DB 6-0 190 Upper Marlboro, Md. Wise

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