Friday, January 15, 2010

Tar Heels, Wolfpack to host recruiting crowds

It’s an interesting recruiting weekend for these arch-rivals. Each school is playing host to a large group of recruits, and while most of the players are committed to UNC or NCSU, it’s very important to the schools to keep them so.

Until the Feb. 3 National Signing Day, recruits can switch their commitments quickly, and some do. Currently the best example is Tennessee’s Class of 2010, in the wake of coach Lane Kiffin’s departure for Southern Cal.

So you want to keep the kids you already have happy; that’s job No.1 this weekend.

But you also want to entice those last few holdouts into the fold. The Wolfpack, as we wrote earlier today, would like to bring Irmo (S.C.) RB Mustafa Greene aboard. He’s an Observer Top 15 picks in his state.

If you’re UNC, you’re targeting uncommitted Roanoke Rapids DE Kareem Martin, our NC No.5 pick and a player you would love to have. But you also have Alabama commit Alfy Hill, a very talented DL from West Brunswick, possibly stopping by, and you’d like to convince him to stay closer to home if at all possible.

So this, with signing day quickly sneaking up on us, promises to be an entertaining couple of days in the Triangle.

--Stan Olson

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