North Carolina could still salvage what has been a mediocre recruiting Class of 2010—one that currently includes no defensive linemen—if DE Brandon Willis and DT Sharrif Floyd, both of whom are playing in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, were to both pick the Tar Heels.
Right now, though, according to reports from on-site, Willis, the Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes standout, is their best bet. Floyd, from Philadelphia and one of the nation’s top DTs, has apparently dropped UNC from his final three (“Right now, it looks like a tossup between Ohio State and Florida,” wrote Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell).
If Floyd is out of the picture, that makes Willis all the more important to the Tar Heels. And while Willis still considers North Carolina a finalist, reports say that UCLA is strong and that Tennessee—he recently decommitted from the Vols—may be working its way back into the picture.
“I’ve heard all that too,” said dad Gary Willis moments ago as he prepared to fly to San Antonio. “I want to get out there and talk to my son, see what he’s thinking.”
If UNC coach Butch Davis really is still the recruiting closer he’s been in the past, it’s time to get going again and prove it.