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UNC Announces Ten Early Enrollees in Football

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UNC has announced ten football players have enrolled for the spring semester and will participate in spring practice. Most of the major position groups are represented as well as several solid recruits on the defensive side of the ball. Among them are DE Jalen Dalton, CB J.K. Britt, LB Andrew Smith. OL William Sweet  and Mason Veal have also enrolled. Obviously these are big positions of need for UNC and getting these players on campus early possibly gets them closer to contributing right away.

One name not in the announcement is Mike Hughes who committed to UNC in late December and was set to enroll early. He apparently has not and since he hasn't UNC cannot comment on the reason.

Here is the full press release from UNC introducing the ten newest Tar Heels.

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora announced the enrollment of 10 student-athletes to campus on Wednesday, the first day of classes in Chapel Hill.  Nine of the 10 graduated early from high school, including defensive back J.K. Britt, defensive lineman Jalen Dalton, wide receiver Juval Mollette, quarterback Anthony Ratliff, linebacker Andre Smith, offensive lineman William Sweet, tight end Carl Tucker, offensive lineman Mason Veal and running back Ty’Son Williams. Deep snapper Cody Crafford transferred to UNC from Penn State.

“We’re excited to welcome these students to campus and look forward to having them in classes and around our team and coaches,” said head coach Larry Fedora.  “Enrolling early in January will allow them to get ahead on their school work and begin early preparation for the 2015 season.  We believe these players have the ability to help our team succeed in the years ahead while earning a degree from one of the nation’s top academic institutions.”

J.K. Britt
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 185
Newnan, Ga. (Newnan)

Ranked the No. 48 safety in the country by ESPN.com • Considered the No. 75 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com • Ranked the No. 84 cornerback in the country and the No. 33 cornerback in the South by Scout.com • Recorded four interceptions and 22 tackles in 2013 • Rushed for 429 yards on 81 carries as a junior, but was limited due to an ankle injury • Played mostly offense as a sophomore, rushing for 551 yards and four touchdowns while also hauling in 29 receptions including three scores • Also made 31 tackles after stepping into a starting role in the secondary late in 2012 and was a return threat on special teams.

Cody Crafford
Deep Snapper • 6-1 • 210
Greenville, N.C. (Ayden-Grifton/Penn State)

Transfer from Penn State • Lettered twice as a linebacker and long snapper for head coach Paul Cornwell at Ayden-Grifton High School • Was a two-time All-Carolina Conference selection and helped the Chargers win the 2011 NCHSAA 1A State Championship as a junior • Was a team captain during his junior and senior seasons • Member of the National Honor Society.

Jalen Dalton
Defensive End • 6-6 • 220
Clemmons, N.C. (West Forsyth)

Earned first-team all-state honors by the Associated Press • Rated a four-star player by Rivals.com and Scout.com • Listed as the No. 1 defensive end in North Carolina and No. 18 nationally by Scout.com • Checks in at No. 69 on the Rivals100 list • Ranked the No. 3 defensive end in the country by Rivals • Considered the No. 2 player in North Carolina by 247sports.com • Member of the Scout300 and is listed as the No. 18 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com • Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the Under Armour All-America Game • Had four tackles, including two for loss and one sack, in the Under Armour Game.

Juval Mollette
Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 190
Randleman, N.C. (Randleman)

Selected to North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team • Ranked among the 2015 Rivals 250 players to watch • Considered a four-star talent by Rivals • Also considered the No. 32 wide receiver nationally and the No. 9 player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals • Listed as the No. 1 wide receiver in North Carolina and the No. 66 wide receiver overall by Scout.com • Finished his senior season with 70 catches for 1,554 yards and 17 touchdowns • Caught 56 passes for 661 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior in 2013 • Also caught 63 balls for 1,038 yards and 11 scores as a sophomore • Named a sophomore All-America by MaxPreps • Played for Shane Handy at Randleman High School • Helped lead the Tigers to an 8-4 season and a state playoff berth in 2013.

Anthony Ratliff
Quarterback • 6-1 • 195
Matthews, N.C. (Butler)

Rated the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals • Also considered the No. 15 player in the state of North Carolina • Listed as the No. 1 quarterback in North Carolina and the No. 20 signal caller nationally by Scout.com • Helped guide Butler to the second round of the state playoffs as a senior • Butler went 10-3 and averaged 49 points per game • Completed more than 61 percent of his pass attempts for 1,783 yards and 25 touchdowns, while rushing for more than 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns on 118 carries in 2014 • In his first season as a full-time starter in 2013, threw for 2,558 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior • Also ran the ball 195 times for 1,655 yards and 20 touchdowns • Helped lead the Bulldogs to 11 wins and a spot in the 4-AA Western Regional final • Coached by Brian Hales at Butler.

Andre Smith
Linebacker • 6-0 • 225
Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian Academy)

Ranked the No. 19 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 64 player in Florida by Rivals.com • Considered the No. 6 middle linebacker in Florida and is rated No. 28 nationally at his position • Helped lead Trinity to its second 3-A state championship • Finished his senior season with 65 tackles, including 5.5 for loss.

William Sweet
Offensive Lineman • 6-7 • 280
Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast)

Ranked the No. 27 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com • Considered a four-star prospect by Scout.com • Ranked the No. 234 overall player in the country, the No. 4 player in Florida and the No. 22 offensive tackle by Scout.com • Helped lead First Coast to a combined record of 56-5 during his four seasons in high school • Member of the National Honor Society.


Carl Tucker
Athlete • 6-2 • 220
Cornelius, N.C. (Hough)

Ranked the No. 22 athlete in the country and the No. 17 player in North Carolina by 247sports.com • Member of the ESPN 300 as the No. 270 player in the country • Ranked the No. 4 tight end in the country by ESPN.com and the No. 9 player in North Carolina • Considered the No. 61 wide receiver in the country and the No. 16 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com • Listed as the No. 1 tight end in North Carolina and the No. 18 tight end nationally by Scout.com • Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl • Helped lead Hough to the third round of the state playoffs as a senior • Coached by Miles Aldridge at Hough.

Mason Veal
6-5, 295, Offensive Lineman
Charlotte, N.C. (Ardrey Kell)

Earned first-team all-state honors from the Associated Press • Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com • Considered the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 7 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com • Played on North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team • Member of the Rivals250 as the No. 125 prospect in the country •

Ty'Son Williams
Running Back • 6-0 • 205
Sumter, S.C. (Crestwood)

Member of the ESPN300 as the No. 135 player in the country • Considered the top player in South Carolina by ESPN as well as the No. 11 running back nationally • Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com • Ran for 1,058 yards and 14 touchdowns on 194 carries as a senior • Named all-region and selected to play in the 2014 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, a South Carolina all-star game • Rushed 181 times for 1,608 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior in 2013 • Also gained 1,008 yards on the ground and scored 17 touchdowns as a sophomore • Played for Keith Crolley and Roosevelt Nelson at Crestwood High School • Helped lead the Knights to a 9-4 record and a AAA playoff victory in 2013.