If North Carolina appears to be off to a slow start in receiving commitments from football players for the class of 2010, well, it's partly because the Tar Heels are.
That's not the whole story. For one thing, UNC has a huge class of 29 players locked and loaded as the class of 2009, and is only planning to take 19 in the upcoming group.
But it's possible the Tar Heels are also being a bit too selective. When the best offensive lineman in the state is in your own backyard--Chapel Hill High's Robert Crisp--and you let him get away to arch-rival N.C. State, that isn't a good thing.
Again, take into consideration the fact that Crisp is a longtime Wolfpack fan, and that N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien is going to be difficult to recruit against in the best of circumstances. And also consider that last week, North Carolina landed one of the best OLs in the country in Indiana's James Hurst.
So UNC is obviously being selective. But when Johnavon Fulton, a brilliant CB out of Manning (S.C.) High, jokingly complains about not having received an offer from the Tar Heels when the rest of the college football world is offering him over and over again, you have to wonder how selective is too selective.
After making those comments, Fulton went on to become the Defensive MVP of Sunday's Scout.com combine at West Charlotte High, while posting the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day (4.44 seconds).
Maybe North Carolina will notice him now.--Stan Olson