Here is an early look at UNC’s 2011 quarterback recruiting.
Everett Golson, a quarterback from Myrtle Beach High School in South Carolina was the first 2011 verbal commitment for the Heels. He is listed at 5’11” and 160-170 lbs. depending on the source.
He is considered a three-star quarterback by Scout.com and he is in the ESPNU 150. He has one more year in high school so we will keep tabs on if he moves up or down on these lists throughout his senior year. Most experts believe his stock will rise because of the potential in this young man.
Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee also made offers, according to Scout.com. That is an impressive list. UNC is very lucky to have him.
In the videos I have seen of him, he displayed arm strength, accuracy, and mobility. Mobility is something UNC quarterbacks have been missing in the Butch Davis era.
Opposing teams have not had to worry about UNC quarterbacks leaving the pocket to gain yardage since Darian Durant, pictured above. It has not even needed to be in the playbook because none of the recent quarterbacks, mostly Yates and Sexton, have been able to run.
Butch Davis has finally recruited a guy that can run the football if need be. Passing seems to be his No. 1 priority, according to people who have seen him play.
A pass-first quarterback is what the UNC offense requires, but the ability to run makes the quarterback a greater threat.
The biggest negative scouts have on Golson is his height. Most coaches prefer quarterbacks to be a few inches over 6’0”. He is just under the 6’0” mark.
I do not see this as a big deal. It only takes away some of his NFL draft-ability. He can still perform at a high level in college.
The early commitment by Golson was huge for Carolina. The Tar Heel faithful needed to see a quarterback brought in after intentionally not signing one this past signing day.
Golson's signing may help to bring in more recruits after seeing a top player like Golson commit. Perhaps, some of the top wide receivers on UNC's target list will want to play with Golson.
Golson will certainly be competing for the backup job his freshman year with Braden Hanson. I am assuming that Bryn Renner will get the starting job.
The only negative to his signing is that it may keep other very highly thought of quarterbacks such as Christian Lemay from committing to the Heels.
Lemay has been interested in the Heels in the past, but he has they have yet to make his second cut. I have heard that he is no longer interested in the Heels. We shall see.
Lemay is from Matthews, NC, so he still could decide to stay close to home. I am not looking for it though.
The Heels are also interested in Braxton Miller, a quarterback from Ohio. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the class and highly-sought after. The Heels have offered, and he has at least some interest.
I would not expect the Heels to land Miller, but at least we can hope. Stranger things have happened.
Another player interested in the Heels is Vad Lee, a quarterback from Durham, N.C. He is perhaps more likely to choose the Heels than the other two. It may be between the Yellow Jackets and the Tar Heels. Either school would love to have him. Some schools would prefer to have him as an athlete or wide receiver, but UNC apparently wants him as a quarterback.
He is a player that could play multiple positions if he did not pan out as a quarterback. Just landing him will be the first priority though. He is bigger than Golson at 6’2” and around 190 lbs.
Quarterback is an important position and the Heels should be in good shape for years to come with Bryn Renner and Everett Golson manning the helm. Signing Lemay, Miller, or Lee would be icing on the cake.
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