A significant jump in North Carolina's recruiting rankings on scout.com shows just how important Monday's news was for the Tar Heels' 2010 class.
Scout.com had the Tar Heels' class ranked No. 48 in the nation at the end of last week. After Roanoke Rapids defensive end Kareem Martin and Crest High athlete Reggie Wilkins committed to North Carolina early this week, North Carolina jumped to No. 42.
"Yesterday was huge for them in the state of North Carolina," scout.com regional analyst Miller Safrit said today.
Wilkins' commitment was doubly beneficial to the Tar Heels because they wrestled him away from rival N.C. State - at least for the moment. Wilkins committed to North Carolina in September, changed his mind and picked N.C. State in December, and said he's changed his mind again now.
And with South Columbus tight end Ethan Farmer expected to pick between North Carolina and Clemson some time before signing day on Feb. 3, the Tar Heels have a chance to finish fast inside the state after a slow start.