Butch Davis promised it would work out.
With Angelo Hadley's exit from the UNC football program before he got there, the Tar Heels coach was right. His over-recruiting strategy balanced out in the end.
What was once a 17-scholarship discrepancy is likely to work out to an even 24 signees to 24 available scholarships.
Rewind to December — UNC had 29 commitments with 12 seniors departing the program.
Then receiver Hakeem Nicks left early for the NFL (13 departures).
Four more players, including quarterback Cam Sexton, graduated and left the program (17). Three players received a medical hardship (20). Four players were dismissed from the team (24).
Hadley's effective departure (released from his letter of intent on Thursday) means there are 28 signees for 24 scholarships. Freshmen Joshua Adams and Kevin Reddick have already enrolled which means it's really 26 players for 22 spots.
Miller Safrit, Scout.com's national editor, said the final four spots will likely be resolved before August.
Ray-Ray Davis, a receiver from Monroe, is prepared to go to junior college in Hutchinson, Kan., Safrit said.
Justin Dixon, a linebacker from Smithfield-Selma, and Jheranie Boyd, a receiver from Gastonia Ashbrook, have to "improve their academic standing," Safrit said, or they will have to enroll in a prep school.
Donovan Tate, a quarterback from Cartersville, Ga., is considered one of the best high school prospects in baseball and is likely to be a first-round pick in the MLB Draft in June.
That's how 29-for-12 turns into 24-for-24.
1. WR Cooter Arnold
2. G Bryon Bishop
3. P Terrence Brown
4. G Calvin Darity
5. WR Brooks Foster
6. S Trimane Goddard
7. S Jabir Jones
8. LB Mark Paschal
9. TE Richard Quinn
10. T Garrett Reynolds
11. WR Brandon Tate
12. LB Chase Rice
Early to NFL
13. WR Hakeem Nicks
14. QB Cam Sexton
15. RB Richie Rich
16. WR Kenton Thornton
17. TE B.J. Phillips
18. T Zack Henderson
19. G Mike Dykes
20. G Morgan Randall
21. WR Anthony Parker-Boyd
22. CB Tavorris Jolly
23. DE Darius Powell
24. LB Kenny Harris
25. S Angelo Hadley (released from LOI)
26. WR Ray-Ray Davis (juco)
27. QB Donovan Tate (baseball?)
28. LB Justin Dixon (prep school?)
29. WR Jheranie Boyd (prep school?)
-- J.P. Giglio