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Heels Ink 26 for 2016 Class(UPDATED)

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Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE #2: Safety K.J. Sails commits to UNC

UPDATE: DE Allen Cater has committed to UNC

It's National Signing Day folks which means we need to sort of care about football recruiting for a few hours. Larry Fedora has a class of 26 players signed which included seven individuals who enrolled in January.

Here's your list complete with position rankings from the various services of players who had previously committed to UNC and now have signed or enrolled.

Name Position Height Weight Hometown Status Scout Position Rank Rivals Position Rank 247 Position Rank
Myles Dorn DB 6-2 185 Charlotte, NC Early Enrollee 27 17 74
Myles Wolfolk DB 6-0 190 Upper Marlboro, MD Early Enrollee 56 45 65
J.B. Copeland LB 6-3 225 Southlake, TX Early Enrollee N/A N/A N/A
Jonathan Smith LB 6-1 230 Laurinburg, NC Early Enrollee 16 18 21
Logan Byrd QB 6-3 230 Warner Robins, GA Early Enrollee 51 12 16
Jordon Brown RB 5-10 180 Durham, NC Early Enrollee 42 9 12
Garrett Walston TE 6-4 225 Wilmington, NC Early Enrollee 16 33 20
Chazz Surratt QB 6-3 205 Denver, NC Signed 37 11 8
D.J. Ford S 6-3 195 Ashland, Ala Signed 73 NR 170
Dominique Ross LB 6-3 210 Jacksonville, FL Signed 39 48 54
Greg Ross DB 6-1 175 Temple Hills, MD Signed 33 44 77
Jamies Piere DB 6-0 170 Deerfield Beach, FL Signed 65 48 42
Jay-Jay McCargo OL 6-4 300 Alexandria, VA Signed 19 29 36
Kyree Campbell DT 6-4 305 Woodbridge, VA Signed 35 26 41
Luke Elder OL 6-4 290 LaGrange, GA Signed 95 NR 58
Tyler Pritchett OL 6-3 275 Auburn, AL Signed 76 35 41
Marlon Dunlap DT 6-4 300 Charlotte, NC Signed 63 NR 77
Noah Turner TE 6-3 245 Mundelein, IL Signed 25 28 40
Nolan DeFranco DE 6-6 230 Winter Garden, FL Signed 121 NR 73
Patrice Rene S 6-2 200 Alexandria, VA Signed 30 22 42
Rontavius Groves WR 5-11 175 Nashville, TN Signed 99 73 75
Roscoe Johnson WR 6-1 180 Jonesville, SC Signed NR NR 231
Tomon Fox DE 6-3 235 Lawrenceville, GA Signed 43 12 26
Tyrone Hopper LB 6-4 210 Roswell, GA Signed 66 39 50
Allen Cater DE 6-3 240 Marietta, GA Signed 101 NR 65
K.J. Sails S
5-11
175
Gibsonton, FL
Signed 131 45 28


By and large this is a good but not great class. There was a clear emphasis on defense with 16 of the signees in this class coming on the defensive side of the ball. DT  Kylee Campbell is a much needed addition to the defensive line which has been thin on the interior. On the offensive side, Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt are the latest in solid QBs picked up by Fedora while Jay-Jay McCargo provides another quality offensive linemen to the mix.

One question for UNC at this stage is at what point does the recent 11-3 season and ACC title game appearance start paying dividends in recruiting? The answer is next year's class. The current class was already fairly static making a recent successful season less likely to change the math for prospects. The 2017 class is a different story and UNC is already seeing benefits. According to Scout, four 4-star players have already verbally committed to UNC. Assuming Larry Fedora can (1) hold onto those players over the coming year and (2) build on that recruiting momentum, the 2017 class could the kind of class to push the Tar Heels up the ladder.

For a complete rundown of UNC's National Signing Day, GoHeels has features galore from the coaches about the newest group of Tar Heels.