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Football lands three-star safety Don Chapman

Chapman’s commitment brings UNC’s total to 22 recruits for next fall.

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Mack Brown and the football program snagged another recruit, just 9 days before signing day on February 6. Safety Don Chapman committed to the Heels on Sunday night. The three-star recruit from California visited UNC two weeks ago, and hasn’t taken any other visits since returning home. Clearly the cross-country trip did not deter Chapman or the Heels in their pursuit of talent.

According to 247 Sports, Chapman is the #92 safety in the nation and #96 overall recruit in the state of California. He originally committed to Washington State, but re-opened his recruitment when he decided to not sign in December. He popped up on North Carolina’s radar after defensive Jay Bateman joined the staff. Bateman had recruited Chapman at Army and considered the safety to be a good fit for his unconventional defensive system.

Standing at 6’2 and 185 pounds, Chapman potentially slots into a number of positions. Cornerback, safety, and nickel back are all possibilities. In his senior season Chapman grabbed four interceptions and was credited with 50 tackles. He also performed duties on special teams, averaging 28.8 yards on kick returns and 23.3 yards on punt returns.

There is always a learning curve when schools overhaul their coaching staffs and philosophies. Having a versatile player like Chapman could be a valuable asset in the first few years of the new regime. His commitment brings UNC’s total to 22 for 2019, with a few uncommitted targets that will make decisions by next Wednesday.

According to 247 Sports, North Carolina now has the 34th best recruiting class. Rivals has them with the 36th best class.