Early North Carolina Tar Heels Recruiting Report

Justin CrawfordCorrespondent IApril 9, 2010

WINSTON SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 27:  Mike Rinfrette #44 the Linebacker of Wake Forest Demon Deacons tackles Brandon Tate #87 of the UNC Tar Heels during the ACC game at the Groves Stadium, on October 27, 2007 in Winston Salem,North Carolina.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The recruiting season for Butch Davis has gotten off to a great start. Granted, UNC is not quite up to the level of LSU, Texas, or even Florida State, who has received 11 verbal commitments—eight of which are in the ESPNU 150.

Of course, it is early and many things can change. Some of these guys will change their minds as their stock goes up, or for coaching changes. At any rate, it is important to start off well.

The first verbal commitment to the Heels came shortly after National Signing Day and was big news. 

Everett Golson, a quarterback from Myrtle Beach, verbally committed to UNC.He is currently on the ESPNU top-150 players in the 2011 class, and many analysts believe his stock will continue to climb. After intentionally not signing a quarterback in 2010, this was a big early find.

Another verbal that is sure to make a splash in his senior year of high school, is tight end Eric Ebron. He already is considered one of the top tight ends in a class that seems to be deep with talent in that area.

It is interesting that three of the top tight ends in the country are in North Carolina. Besides Ebron, there are Drew Owens and Eric MacLain. This indicates that the state is making great strides in recruiting.

The three other UNC verbal commitments include, RB Travis Riley, OG Jarrod James, and T.J. Thorpe. None of these guys are big name prospects yet, but Coach Davis does not recruit guys without talent. We will get a better idea about them as they play their senior year.

Travis Riley has racked up the yards and touchdowns in high school. According to ESPN, he ran for 1,924 yards and 32 touchdowns last season.

Jarrod James is regarded as one of the better offensive linemen in the state of North Carolina.

The recruiting season is off to a good start in Chapel Hill. Hopefully, Butch Davis will bring in a top-10 recruiting class this year.

Many other players have shown interest in the Heels. Some of which are nationally-recruited players. Coach Davis has also found much interest from within the state which is crucial.

According to ESPN, some of the players with interest are tight end Drew Owens, quarterback Christian LeMay, wide receiver Charone Peake, and another wide receiver Philip Dorsett. All of these players are very good and highly-sought after.

To be a national contender, the Heels must bring in excellent recruiting classes and that is Butch Davis’ goal.

Let the recruiting begin!

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