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2017 North Carolina Tar Heels Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 North Carolina Tar Heels Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

The 2017 North Carolina Tar Heels Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.

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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

North Carolina Tar Heels Recruiting Class Overview

North Carolina has found its place in the ACC recruiting world. It always gets enough talent to be in the mix for the ACC title, but it doesn’t get enough superstars to breakthrough and dominate. However, Larry Fedora is building up the base of excellent players, and it starts this year with Jake Lawler at defensive end and Jonah Melton at one guard spot. Last year was more about the defense, while this season brings in more offense. Tyler Smith is a smallish speedster of a receiver, and J.T. Cauthen is a big target who could eventually become a matchup problem/go-to guy. Add to the mix running backs Antwuah Branch and Michael Carter, and they could shine behind all the …

The North Carolina Tar Heels Class Is Heavy On …

Offensive linemen. The foundation was brought in for a few years from now with an impressive class of linemen. Jonah Melton is the best of the lot, staying close to home with the upside to eventually be the starting left tackle. Billy Ross was snagged away from West Virginia – he’s from Huntington – with starting tackle upside. They’re not alone, with a deep class with good versatility.

The Star of the North Carolina Tar Heels Class Is …

OG Jonah Melton, 6-4, 285, Mebane, NC – A massive get early on in the process, he blew off Clemson, Miami and South Carolina to potentially be the anchor of the Tar Heel interior. He got the body of a tackle, and he can move like one, but he needs to get just a bit bigger and stronger to become the type of blocker the offense works around. He’ll be at his best when he gets on the move.

The North Carolina Tar Heels Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Mitch Trubisky. There were always rumblings that the loss of Marquise Williams wouldn’t be that big a deal, and it turned out to be true with the rise of Trubisky into an NFL franchise-caliber passer. Nathan Elliott was the main backup last year, but he’s a smallish dual-threat playmaker and will be in for a fight for the gig with Chazz Surratt and Logan Byrd – two keys to last year’s class – getting their shot.