Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Heels have whirlwind recruiting finish

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

Ken Tysiac and Lorenzo Perez

47 comments:

Staton said...

One way to try and make Tarheel fans feel important besides the fact that this season is done! Observer does it best to try & fool the public.

Anonymous said...

Is the Observer even sold in Chapel Hill? I mean, isn't that another McClatchy paper's area?

Anonymous said...

Butch Davis is the Man.....Go Heels.......Our Defense was in the Top 10 in the nation last year.....With our defense returning with these great recruits.......Number 1 in the Nation.......TAR Heel

Anonymous said...

Those O-linemen and Gio Bernard are going to power the Tar Heel offense for years to come. Get ready for an ACC title this coming season.

Nick said...

The Charlotte Observer shares sports content with the Raleigh News and Observer, so in essence, yes this is distributed in Chapel Hill. However, in response to Staton's comment, the Observer is covering the biggest university in the state's signing day. This a pattern followed in every other state of the country. Staton, go away.

Heels = Mediocre said...

This class should really dominate the Meineke Car Care bowl over the next 4 years!

Anonymous said...

Butch: great in the living room, a bust on the sidelines. Congratulations, enjoy your one day of the year (as mediocre as it is).

Anonymous said...

Soon to be renamed Uni. of Miami at Chapel Hill.

Anonymous said...

"However, in response to Staton's comment, the Observer is covering the biggest university in the state's signing day. This a pattern followed in every other state of the country. Staton, go away."

Chapel Hill isn't the biggest University in the state.

Jim said...

In response to Nick who in typical UNC fashion not only get his facts wrong but does not know that there are other institutions of higher learning in North Carolina.

Nick, UNC is neither the largest or best university in the state. NCSU is the largest university and Duke is the best.

The one and only distinction held by UNC is that it is the home of the only journalism school at a major college in NC, and therefor gets all the good publicity.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Nick, but UNC is not the state's largest University, not even close. Nice try though.

I do find it amusing that it's being reported the Heels "wrestled away" Bernard from Notre Dame. I guess that's what you call it when Brian Kelly doesn't call and stand by the offer after Weis was fired, leaving him only one other option...UNC. Kid will probably never see the field because of his bum hamstrings anyway; good luck powering to the ACC title with that!

Anonymous said...

UVa 16 unc 3 enough said about carolina football.

Anonymous said...

Even if by biggest university in the state, that you meant best football program in the state, this would still be incorrect. At least Wake Forest has made it to the ACC Championship in recent years. UNC on the other hand has not. Please the following link - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACC_Championship_Game#Overall_results

And no, I'm not a Deacons fan...

Anonymous said...

Once again the UNC media love fest continues. Yes, UNC signed a good class....so did the other 3 ACC schools in the state. I'm also sure that App St. and ECU did ok as well. But for once I would like to come on this site and see any other team besides UNC leading the news. UNC is not the biggest school in the state, it's not the best, but it has a journalism school.

Why is no one talking about Corey Miller's comments about how UNC couldn't pay him enough money and how dirty Black Santa really is? Hmmmm...looks like the spin machine is working overtime.

Anonymous said...

did any other teams in NC sign any recruits today or is UNC the only team in the state that is accepting incoming freshman?

Anonymous said...

seems like we were reading the exact same article a year ago. no one ever that butch is not a good recruiter, they just say hes not a good coach

Anonymous said...

perhaps the bias that the CO shows towards UNC is the reason why the CO is almost bankrupt.

Anonymous said...

Nick says UNC is "biggest university in the state". Is he basing this on ego as he cannot be basing in on enrollment. Granted UNC Chapel Hell has bigger enrollment than UNCC, UNCG or UNCW, but if that is his point he needs to clarify. We all know the the journalism school is in Chapel Hill which is why the CO is so blatantly biased.

Anonymous said...

Hey, did anyone hear that UNC isn't the biggest University in NC? I'm guessing the blowhard state fans somehow learned how to write without learning how to read, since they keep repeating themselves.

By the way, a dook update just got posted. I assume a Pecker update is on the way if you like tragic stories.

Also, I don't think Giglio, DeCock, or Tysiac attended UNC journalism school. Giglio, who covers the ACC beat for the N&O, is a State grad.

Anonymous said...

I smell the Hater Raid.........UNC is the BOMB....Go Heels......The College that dominates all sports in the NATION.....ROY and DAVIS WOW!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

And the author of this article went to Notre Dame. True that UNC has an outstanding journalism school, but the reason there is so much UNC coverage is simply that there is more interest in UNC athletics - whether you pull for them or against them.

Anonymous said...

"Butch Davis is the Man.....Go Heels.......Our Defense was in the Top 10 in the nation last year.....With our defense returning with these great recruits.......Number 1 in the Nation.......TAR Heel"

I hate to burst your bubble, but defense does NOT win championships, at least not at the college level. If it did, NCSU would have had 2 of them under Amato. He had the nations #1 defense for 2 years and barely went .500 with it.

Anonymous said...

"Flagship" is more accurate than "biggest". I bet stories on the other schools are coming. Just relax guys. I'm not a Carolina guy, but even I know it's the flagship school.

Anonymous said...

Exactly what sports is NCAR dominating at this point?

Middle of the pack finish in an awful football conference? Check.

3rd tier bowl game loss 2 years in a row? Check.

Crappy basketball team that will be lucky to make it to the NIT's? check.

An awful fan base full of mouth breathers and douche-bags? Check and Check.

Yeah, pretty awesome place....

Anonymous said...

Nick's point wasn't that UNC-Chapel Hill had the highest enrollment in the Old North State. Rather it was that - with respect to athletics - UNC is most popular university in this state.

Newspapers would not sell as well if they spent as much time on State, UNCC or East Carolina as they do on UNC. This is a fact.

People - yes even those in Charlotte - follow UNC athletics more than they do from NC State or UNCC.

I'm not saying UNC is better - academically or athletically - than the other public schools in N.C. I'm simply saying people care about UNC more.

Anonymous said...

A quick reply to the poster who stated that Kelly had no interest in Gio Bernard afer Kelly took over the Notre Dame job. That is not correct. Kelly had an in home visit with Gio the week before Gio visited UNC. And after Gio committed to UNC Notre Dame scrambled after plan B running backs (e.g., then Stanford (and now Kansas) commit Brandon Bourbon). And, for everyone to know, Gio had offers from UNC, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fl), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Tennessee. I'm sure it is fun to make up facts on message boards, though.

Nick said...

All,

I should have said, "one of the major universities..." My bad. Get the chips off your shoulders.

Anonymous said...

How many kids will hit the waiver wire now that BMFD has over signed again? When will BMFD ever beat NCSU on an actual playing field? When will Blake be exposed for the fraud($$$) that he is? Great job on detailing how all the other D-1 schools fared on signing day, Ken.

John W. said...

NC State fans are not allowed to talk smack about Carolina football being garbage until they have had a winning season with their new coach.

And UNC does own numerous distinctions, to dispute what someone said before. Obviously, and perhaps not very importantly, it is the oldest public university in America. Additionally, a number of it's programs are highly rated. It is also regularly considered the best value-for-money school in North Carolina as well as in the country, whereas NC State is said to have an "unsightly campus," by The Princeton Review.

Butch wins with overwhelming talent, to compensate for what he might lack in game day coaching ability. The talent is being stockpiled (look at the defense) and the assistants are excellent.

Anyone laying odds would have to believe that, of North Carolina's schools, it is UNC with the brightest footballing future.

Anonymous said...

BMFD needs to win a bowl game, any bowl game, before you hole fans can run with your delusions of grandeur.

Anonymous said...

"Crappy basketball team that will be lucky to make it to the NIT's? check."

Defending National Champions and winner of two national titles in 5 years? Check.

Lots of haters after every UNC article b/c we're the 2nd winningest program in history and consistently whip your favorite teams? Check.

From 3 wins and an absolutely pathetic talent base in football to back to back bowls under Butch and a top 15 pre-season ranking next year? Check.

"Yeah, pretty awesome place...."

The #1 value in public education nationally for the umpteenth year in a row? Check.

Anonymous said...

How many of you posters that are extolling the virtue and value of a UNC-CH education have a degree from there or even actually attended a single class there? That is what I thought. You cannot get a UNC-CH diploma at Wal-Mart.

Anonymous said...

Hey, it's signing day now, but I'm sure the Observer will get around to that story on your Bass Fishing Trophy tomorrow! :-)

Anonymous said...

Carolina gets the most coverage because they have by far the most fans.That comes with winning.They have by far the top athletic program in the state.Just check the record books and see what Carolina's record is against Wake, State, and Duke in football and basketball.If you are on here whining because your little school is left out, then maybe they need to win a few games and then they will get some coverage.

Anonymous said...

How many of you posters that are extolling the virtue and value of a UNC-CH education have a degree from there or even actually attended a single class there? That is what I thought. You cannot get a UNC-CH diploma at Wal-Mart.

Count me in. UNC '74, Journalism School. It'a a great value, a great university, but so are the others in the UNC system. Sports are lots of fun, but some of you guys just take it way too seriously.

Anonymous said...

Yea EVERYTIME Carolina gets some press the whiners come out in droves. WAH WAH WAH!! Jealousy is an ugly thing. Just keep drinking that hatorade you losers. Carolina has always been the top school in this state and always will be. They have the best athletics, the best campus, and the best looking women.

Anonymous said...

State has an unsightly campus?? I thought every school had a freight train track running through the middle of campus. Duke- Great place to party with the lacrosse team. Wake - Who????

Anonymous said...

How many of you posters that are extolling the virtue and value of a UNC-CH education have a degree from there or even actually attended a single class there? That is what I thought. You cannot get a UNC-CH diploma at Wal-Mart.

Count me in. UNC '74, Journalism School. It'a a great value, a great university, but so are the others in the UNC system. Sports are lots of fun, but some of you guys just take it way too seriously.

Anonymous said...

I am a Carolina grad who welcomes all the Walmart fans as some call them. The Carolina bandwagon has room for all. Since when does someone have to graduate from a school to be allowed to be a fan of that school???? I guess that applies to State because you would HAVE to have gone there to pull for those perennial losers. 1983 was a LOOOOOONG time ago.

Anonymous said...

I think State fans should prefer the Observer does not write a story about State's recruiting . . .

Anonymous said...

HAHA..i don't see unc in the top 25 of rivals rankings or espn,but according to the observer,one would think they rival florida.UNCC has a better recruiting class,and they won't take a snap for years to come.BTW....what happened to all the posts about unc repeating in ncaa hoops? Thought so!!!! UNC football and bowl victories are as successful as sean may in the pros hahahaharharheehee

Anonymous said...

"HAHA..i don't see unc in the top 25 of rivals rankings or espn"

Heels are 25 in ESPN. That would be pretty tough to miss if you actually looked.

Wait on the final rankings of State's class after Rivals and Scout deduct the points for Hunter (who didn't sign with State today). High 40's.

Anonymous said...

"NC State fans are not allowed to talk smack about Carolina football being garbage until they have had a winning season with their new coach"

TOB: 3
Chief: 0

Anonymous said...

Aren't the state fans the ones crying about the past? HA!

John W. said...

I went to UNC. This paper serves a large number of alumni. So eat me, Anonymous.

John W. said...

"NC State fans are not allowed to talk smack about Carolina football being garbage until they have had a winning season with their new coach"

TOB: 3
Chief: 0

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And I most certainly would not trade places. Carolina is in much better shape. One loss against a marginal rival does not make our season. State fans seem to get a lot of mileage out of that game, though.

qdog112 said...

Did the Heels get a QB? It seems to me that is the most needed position. Yates was the weak link.