Barring another signing day surprise (and coach Butch Davis is known for them), North Carolina has completed its signing class with a whirlwind finish that included some additions and subtractions.
On signing day, North Carolina stole Jacksonville, Fla., athlete Sean Tapley away from South Carolina and got defensive line signings from highly rated Tabor City defensive lineman Ethan Farmer, and defensive tackle Carlos Gray of Pinson, Ala.
Late last week, the Tar Heels wrestled highly rated running back Gio Bernard away from Notre Dame and athlete Tre Boston away from Cincinnati, tapping into Davis' connections to close the deal. They also added late-blooming defensive lineman Quinton Alton earlier in the week.
But North Carolina lost a couple recruits late, too. Tight end Alex Smith of Cincinnati, a longtime Tar Heel commitment, signed with Kentucky. And running back Casey Turner of Jacksonville, Fla., who had reportedly switched from Rutgers to the Tar Heels last week, signed with Rutgers after all.
The Tar Heels' list of signings Wednesday (not including players who were already enrolled):
Nick Appel OL 6-6 310 Vienna, Va. Bishop O'Connell
Tre Boston ATH 6-1 185 Cape Coral, Fla. North Ft. Myers
Jabari Price DB 6-0 175 Pompano Beach, Fla. Blanche Ely
Gio Bernard RB 5-10 205 Davie, Fla. St. Thomas Aquinas
Brendon Felder WR 5-10 175 Monroeville, Pa. Gateway
Russell Bodine OL 6-4 290 Scottsville, Va. Fork Union M.A.
P.J. Clyburn LB 6-2 215 Statesville, N.C. West Iredell
Tim Jackson DL 6-5 235 St. Petersburg, Fla. Gibbs
Kareem Martin DL 6-6 245 Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Roanoke Rapids
Ty Linton LB 6-2 215 Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Christian
Quinton Alton ATH 6-6 250 Memphis, Tenn. Hillcrest
Carlos Gray DT 6-3 290 Pinson, Ala. Pinson
Reggie Wilkins ATH 5-10 175 Shelby, N.C. Crest
Sean Tapley ATH 6-1 185 Jacksonville, N.C. Raines
Darius Lipford LB 6-3 215 Lenoir, N.C. Hibriten
Ethan Farmer ATH 6-3 255 Tabor City, N.C. South Columbus
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