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National Signing Day Review: Mapping the UNC Football Class of 2017

A look at where all the new UNC football players are from.

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Now that National Signing Day has come and gone, it's time to look at where these future (and early-enrolled current) Tar Heels come from. The map below highlights the hometown of each player in the class of 2017.

Here's a table with everyone's positions:

Name Hometown Position
Marcus McKethan Barnwell, SC Guard
Jake Lawler Charlotte, NC Weakside DE
Antwuan Branch Clarksville, TN RB
CJ Cotman Clearwater, FL ATH
Caleb Rozar Dickson, TN S
Jordon Riley Durham, NC DT
Tre Shaw Ellenwood, GA CB
Beau Corrales Georgetown, TX WR
Kayne Roberts Greenback, TN ATH
Dazz Newsome Hampton, VA ATH
Billy Ross Huntington, WV OT
Noah Ruggles Lutz, FL K
Jonah Melton Mebane, NC Guard
Brian Anderson Montgomery, AL Center
Michael Carter Navarre, FL APB
Tyler Smith Powder Springs, GA WR
Jordan Tucker Roswell, GA OT
Jeremiah Gemmel Sharpsburg, GA OLB
Malik Robinson Snellville, GA ILB
Xach Gil Wake Forest, NC DT
J.T. Cauthen Waxhaw, NC WR

Carolina put together a strong class again in 2017, but they did it without the type of in-state dominance that has graced top Tar Heel classes of the past. Carolina pulled just five recruits from North Carolina while getting an equal number from Georgia. This continues a trend throughout the Fedora era of pulling recruits from the Deep South rather than North Carolina and Virginia. Florida was tied for third best state for the Heels, with three new players from the Sunshine State while the coaching staff got three commitments from Tennessee kids as well. A single player each from Alabama, Texas, West Virginia and Virginia round out the incoming freshman class at UNC.