The 2018 North Carolina Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
North Carolina Recruiting Class Overview
It’s better than the rating systems will probably give it credit for.
Start with the quarterbacks, building on the great run of passers under Larry Fedora and signing Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin.
Ruder is the key part of the puzzle if this class is going to rock three years from now, and so is Devon Lawrence for the backfield. The 5-11, 195-pound running back was a solid get for the Tar Heels, and so was the receiving tandem of Jordyn Adams and Dyami Brown.
The defense didn’t do much of anything fo rate linebacking corps, and was relatively light on the line outside of landing pass rusher Chris Collins out of Virginia. But for the defense …
The North Carolina Class Is Heavy On …
Pass defense has been optional at times for the Tar Heels over the last few years, and this class is a good attempt to fix the glitch.
The coaching staff loaded up on prospects for the secondary, with a various group of talents led by Javon Terry – a rangy 6-2 ball-hawk – and Bryson Richardson out of Atlanta. Those two should be key safeties in the next few seasons, and Trey Morrison – another Atlanta native – has lock-down corner upside if all turns out as planned. He’s good enough to possibly take over a job right away this year.
The Star of the North Carolina Class Is …
WR Dyami Brown, 6-2, 170
If it’s not follow receiver Jordan Adams, or Jace Ruder for the quarterback situation, it’s Brown. The tall, physical target has good enough deep speed and skills to get Ohio State, Oklahoma and Michigan interested in his services.
Watch out for Ruder, though, a 6-3 dual-threat option with the talent to get Georgia and Florida State hot after him.
The North Carolina Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The Tar Heels need more help on defense, and they need more playmakers on the offensive side, but the party doesn’t get started unless the offensive line gets fixed in a hurry.
Four starters are gone, including left tackle Bentley Spain and right guard R.J. Prince. There’s not a lot in the recruiting class to count on right away, but that’s okay – plenty of underclassmen are waiting in the wings.