UNC, Duke await official commitments
One of North Carolina coach Larry Fedora’s biggest priorities in recruiting was convincing the top talent in the Tar Heel State to attend UNC.
The results are mixed heading into today’s national signing day, which marks the first time that high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent to play college football.
Duke, coming off its first bowl game appearance in 18 years, expects to complete a 20-player class for Coach David Cutcliffe that is high on athleticism.
Of the seven players from North Carolina on Rivals’ Top 250 national list, just one is expected to sign with the Tar Heels — running back T.J. Logan of Greensboro.
UNC did net a number of three-star players from the state in its 18-player class, including Hillside running back Khris Francis, Raleigh Wakefield wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau, Albemarle offensive lineman R.J. Prince, and three defensive backs — Desmond Lawrence and Brian Walker, both out of Charlotte, and Hillside’s Korrin Wiggins, who committed to UNC a year ago but has since reopened his recruitment.
Logan, who ran for a state-record 510 yards and a championship game-record eight touchdowns for Northern Guilford this past season, is one of two Rivals four-star recruits for UNC, who also added defensive tackle Greg Webb from Sicklerville, N.J.
Webb stuck with the Tar Heels despite the fact that his two primary recruiters, defensive line coach Deke Adams and special teams coordinator David Duggan, both left UNC for other jobs. Adams now is the defensive line coach at Clemson, while Duggan is the defensive coordinator at Southern Miss.
Francis, Fieulleteau, Prince and Mitch Trubisky, a dual-threat quarterback who won Ohio’s Mr. Football award for the state’s best player, enrolled at UNC in January.
Four players in Duke’s recruiting class already have enrolled for the spring semester. Cornerbacks Quay Mann of Northern Nash High School and Evrett Edwards of Woodbridge, Va., linebacker Dominic McDonald of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and quarterback Parker Boehme of Jacksonville, Fla., have been enrolled for almost a month.
Today, the Blue Devils are set to add 16 more players who have offered commitments. Five of the players are defensive backs, including safety Jake Kite of Roanoke, Va., and cornerbacks Bryon Fields of Charlotte’s Providence Day School, Breon Borders of Statesville, Chris Holmes of Fredericksburg, Va., and Phillip Carter of Folsom, Calif.
They will bring Duke’s total to seven defensive backs in this year’s class, more than one-third of the incoming freshmen.
Holmes was an N.C. State commitment until the Wolfpack fired head coach Tom O’Brien and his staff in late November. He committed to Duke on Dec. 31.
Duke also is loading up on wide receivers with Terrence Alls of Hialeah, Fla., Johnell Barnes of Fort Myers, Fla., and Ryan Smith of Las Vegas set to sign today.
Smith originally committed to New Mexico, where his father, DeAndre, was on the coaching staff. But when DeAndre Smith left to join the Syracuse staff, Ryan Smith reopened his recruitment and committed to Duke on Jan. 23.