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For all that we heard about Fedora and staff hitting the in-state during his first full cycle as the HC at UNC, those are the #s the staff is projected to sign in just a few days. They offered 22-23 of those 25.
My question for the board is that good enough? Is it good enough to win the ACC Championship and go beyond?
Also, I know that the Top 10 in N.C. for 2014 will likely change drastically over the next 12 months but the Tar Heels could easily be shut out of the top group as they sit right now.
1. Lorenzo Featherston - Wants engineering. UNC doesn't have it but they have some staying power. Expect HEAVY SEC pressure.
2. Trevion Thompson - Loves Clemson, UF & OSU who have done well in-state recently.
3. Bentley Spain - Hard South Carolina lean
4. Will Grier - Florida
5. Derrell Scott - Likely South Carolina. Maybe Tennessee?
6. Elijah Hood - Notre Dame if they push
7. Chris Register - All Bama if they really go on him. Clemson & UNC have a shot also.
8. Jeb Blazevich - SEC very likely. UNC already eliminated
9. Braxton Berrios - Could call him a South Carolina lean
10. Jalan McClendon - Likely won't end up this high. Not sure how hard UNC pushes.
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As I alluded to in a different thread, UNC is going to have to lean heavily on GA, FL, SC, and VA this cycle.
The Top 10 in NC look like they're headed elsewhere. As such, I imagine the staff will work the group in the 11-20 range pretty hard and fill in the gaps with prospects in other states. Having said that, I think they can land a couple of really big fish (i.e. Hand and/or Brown).
This will end up being a Top 30 class (2013) and for the first crack at it, I'm OK with the results.
This post was edited by TommyTime on 1/31/2013 at 1:17 PM
I think the fact that it is and always will be 'open season' in N.C. is just something that Tar Heel fans are going to have to live with for the foreseeable future.
How many times do we have to watch the top kids leave the state before we realize this is more than just some 'fad' or 'trend.' It's more than that. It's just the way things are and going to be. Don't get attached, don't get your hopes up and you won't be disappointed when they leave.
Unfortunately, UNC has traditionally been fairly terrible at recruiting South Carolina. The (few) legit D1 prospects stay in-state or go SEC. Robert Quinn was an aberration and likely wouldn't have been at UNC if not for his tumor his senior year.
You'll have to go back to the Travis Hughes, Landon Turner etc class of 2011 to find the last time UNC had any major success with the top prospects in Va. Recent staff shakeups with the in-state schools might help some but it's still going to be a tough go.
The Tar Heels are one of about 70 schools that recruit Ga. and they have moderate success pulling 3-4 kids out but not anywhere hear the elite (Top 20-25).
Florida is about the same way. UNC isn't touching the Top 25 in Florida. Just won't happen. Gio Bernard was a consensus no. 29 prospect when he came out and he was the biggest score the Tar Heels had almost EVER had in the sunshine state.
UNC has to sign somebody, 5Star.
You make it seem like next season will be a year in which the staff puts together a class in the 70-90 range.
This staff will get some kids you don't expect from somewhere. They're in DC and NJ and I'm certain they'll lock up another top 30 class.
To be honest, it's really more about coaching them up rather than signing 5 stars righ and left. It definitely makes life easier to have the kid with natural God-given ability, but there's something to be said for signing guys that will work hard and overachieve.
UNC will always recruit in the 20-30 range (they did with Brown, Bunting, Butch, and now Fedora).
No, I'm just telling you how UNC has traditionally recruited in those states you mentioned.
I said they'll be shut out with the elite prospects (top 25) in Ga and FL. They'll snag plenty of pretty good prospects who will likely turnout to be pretty good players and UNC, for the foreseeable future, will be a pretty good team.
Also, just overall lamenting the fact that if UNC can't snag the best in their own state then they sure aren't going to do it from other states outside of the random Trubisky, Hurst, Bernard, Holts etc.
Elite, talented, hard-working players with elite, talented, hard-working coaching staffs make elite teams. Too early to tell on both sides of the ball what UNC has in the long-term. Fedora et al are as good as they've had in a while. In college, recruiting has more to do with it than coaching. Coaching helps but rolling out talent will likely win you more games in the long-run.
This post was edited by 5StarTarHeel on 1/31/2013 at 1:54 PM
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