UNC Now: Tar Heels welcome football signees

acarter@newsobserver.comFebruary 6, 2013 


UNC head coach Larry Fedora thanks the fans in the student section following the Tar Heels' 62-0 victory over Elon on Saturday September 1, 2012 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

ROBERT WILLETT — rwillett@newsobserver.com

CHAPEL HILL — Welcome, folks, to signing day. We’ll have a lot more coming later on, after North Carolina coach Larry Fedora meets with media members at 3:30. For now, though, here’s a quick look at the Tar Heels’ 2013 signees:


***Jordan Fieulleteau, WR, Raleigh, 6-3, 200: An early enrollee, he earned first-team all-state honors for his play at Wakefield High. Caught 111 passes for 1,669 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior season. He had the most touchdown catches in the nation during his past two seasons. Ranked the No. 9 prospect in the state by ESPN.

***Khris Francis, RB, Durham, 5-9, 195: An early enrollee, he’s considered the No. 29 running back prospect in the nation by ESPN. During senior season at Hillside High, he ran 251 times for 2,100 yards and 27 touchdowns. Was a member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.

***R.J. Prince, OL, Albemarle, 6-6, 300: An early enrollee, he was ranked the No. 41 offensive tackle prospect in the nation by Rivals. He earned all-state honors, and was named to the Charlotte Observer’s All-Observer first team.

***Mitch Trubisky, QB, Mentor, Ohio, 6-3, 205: An early enrollee, he was named by the Associated Press as Ohio’s Mr. Football. Ranked the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.com, and the 21st-best quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals. Among the top 10 passers in state history with 9,126 passing yards and 92 touchdown passes during his high school career.


***Brad Henson, OL, Surf City, N.J., 6-5, 295: Ranked by Rivals as the No. 26 offensive guard prospect in the nation, and as the No. 11 prospect in New Jersey. ESPN ranked him among the top 25 offensive guards in the country. Was named first-team all-state at Monsignor Donovan.

***Mikey Bart, DE, Buford, Ga., 6-3, 245: Finished second in his county with 12.5 sacks during his senior season at Buford High. Ranked the No. 24 tight end prospect in the country by ESPN. He played in the state championship in four consecutive seasons, with his team winning three of those.

***Lucas Crowley, OL, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., 6-3, 270: Rivals ranks him as one of the top 100 prospects in Florida, and as the nation’s No. 12 center prospect. Ranked the No. 5 center by ESPN. Was named first-team all-state, and was a member of the Florida Times-Union’s Super 24 team.

***Brian Walker, DB, Charlotte, 5-11, 175: Rivals ranks him the No. 12 prospect in the state, and the 39th-best cornerback prospect in the nation. Named to the Charlotte Observer’s All-Observer first team. Intercepted six passes during his senior season at Mallard Creek High, and was a member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team.

***Dajaun Drennon, DE, Clementon, N.J., 6-4, 230: Considered the 10th-best prospect in New Jersey by Rivals, and the No. 19 weak-side defensive end in the nation. Recorded 60 tackles and 14 sacks during his senior season at Timber Creek High, where he was a high school teammate of fellow UNC signee Greg Webb.

****Greg Webb, DT, Erial, N.J., 6-2, 310: Rivals ranks him the No. 20 defensive tackle prospect in the nation, and the fifth-best overall prospect in New Jersey. He played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season. Missed first two months of senior season with torn ACL but returned to help lead team to state championship.

***Jonathan Howard, WR, Rochelle, Ga., 6-4, 195: Ranked a top-100 receiving prospect nationally by Rivals, and ESPN ranked him the No. 24 receiver in the country. His 1,630 receiving yards during his senior season was the second-highest single-season total in state history. Also had 19 touchdowns and 115 catches during senior season at Wilcox County High.

***Donnnie Miles, DB, Lawrenceville, Ga., 5-11, 200: The No. 66 safety prospect in the nation, according to Rivals. He played defensive back and running back, and ran for 674 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. His high school team won consecutive state championships.

***Ryan Switzer, ATH, Charleston, W.Va., 5-10, 175: A first-team Parade All-American who was a three-time first-team all-state selection at George Washington High. He twice won West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year honors. Rivals ranks him the best prospect in the state and the No. 22 “athlete” in the nation.

***Nazair Jones, DL, Roanoke Rapids, 6-5, 250: Ranked the 10th-best prospect in the state by Rivals, and the nation’s 26 strong-side defensive end. He was a member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team. He also played at defensive tackle and on the offensive line at Roanoke Rapids High.

***Desmond Lawrence, DB, Charlotte, 6-1, 175: Ranked nation’s No. 39 safety by Rivals. Named by the Charlotte Observer to the 2012 All-Observer team. Played both offense and defense, and ran for 1,299 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season at Charlotte Christian.

****T.J. Logan, RB, Greensboro, 5-10, 180: Considered by Rivals the No. 4 all-purpose back in the nation, and the second-best overall prospect in the state. Earned Associated Press all-state honors and was the AP player of the year in the state. Ran for 510 yards and eight touchdowns in state championship game to lead Northern Guilford to 3-AA state title.

***Marquis Haynes, Bandit, Jacksonville, Fla., 6-3, 220: Ranked the No. 43 defensive end prospect in the country by Rivals. Had 25 sacks as a senior and helped lead University Christian to a 2-A state championship game victory against Dade Christian.

(Note: Star-rankings are from Rivals.com)

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