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National Signing Day 2019: Live Updates

Mack Brown’s first partial class was a success. How will he round out the 2019 Heels?

MACK BROWN

As has been well-documented on this website, the Carolina football staff has done an amazing job salvaging the 2019 recruiting class from where it was just two short months ago. When Larry Fedora was fired, it ranked 65th in the 247Sports class rankings— behind all but three or four Power 5 teams, and plenty of G5 ones as well. New head coach Mack Brown cut bait with a few of those commitments, dropping the class ranking into the 80’s.

With a flurry of surprises, including 4* quarterback Sam Howell and 4* OT Triston Miller flipping from ACC rivals, Carolina rose all the way to a respectable 35th in the rankings in December.

There’s still an opportunity to move up a few more spots— and more importantly, land some key pieces to future Carolina teams.

Jake hit you with the primer on Monday. Carolina is awaiting the signatures of the three verbal commitments he mentioned...

  • CB/S Don Chapman, 6-2/185, San Diego, CA (3-stars, #60 S)
  • OL Ty Murray, 6-4/300, Carrollton, GA (3-stars, #46 OG)
  • DL Raymond Vohasek, 6-4/255, Glen Ellyn, IL (3-star, #10 JUCO DE)

...another who couldn’t wait until today, and popped for UNC last night...

  • DL Wisdom Asaboro, 6-8/280, Matthews, NC (3-star, #36 DT)

...and a few unsigned players, with the likelihood that they will strike out with all but maybe one:

  • LB Eugene Asante, 6-1/215, Chantilly, VA (4-stars, Virginia Tech, Florida State)
  • CB Collin Duncan, 6-0/190, Montgomery, AL (3-stars, Mississippi State)
  • DE Michael Lockhart, 6-5/264, Birmingham, AL (3-stars, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech)
  • LB Octavius Brothers, 6-2/210, Rockledge, FL (3-stars, Auburn, Miami)

Its sounding as if Lockhart and Duncan will both stay closer to home and play in Starkville, and that the Heels are running third for Brothers. However, Asante is very much in play following an official visit to UNC last weekend, so much so that a lot of national writers on 247’s national site have put out Crystal Ball projections for the Tar Heels.

As it stands right now, the addition of Asaboro and Asante would push Carolina to the 31st-ranked class.

8:51am: The first signing from the new commitments is official, as Wisdom Asaboro is officially a Tar Heel. Search his film to watch a 6-foot-8 monster playing running back, its delightful.

Wisdom Asaboro
Covenant Day School (Matthews, NC)
Defensive Tackle, 6-8/280
247 Sports: 3 Stars, #305 (national), #22 (position), #14 (state)
Rivals: 3 Stars, NR (national) NR (position), #37 (state)
Other Top Schools: Virginia, Oregon, Penn State

Asaboro is one of the more unique recruits on UNC’s radar. Originally from Nigeria, he played football for the first time this past season. Originally eligible for the 2020 class, it was discovered last fall that he could reclassify to 2019 because he had actually graduated high school in Nigeria before arriving in the United States. Listed as a defensive tackle, Asaboro’s college position is likely still to be determined. Recruited more on raw athleticism and potential than on-field results, he could potentially line up on either side of the ball. Virginia and North Carolina are the only two schools he officially visited.

9:05am: JuCo DL Raymond Vohasek has signed!

Raymond Vohasek
College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Defensive End, 6-4/255
247 Sports: 3 Stars, #101 (national), #10 (position), #1 (state)
Rivals: 3 Stars, #81 (national) NR (position), NR (state)
Note: Rankings are for JUCO players. These are separate from High School rakings.

Due to an injury, Ray Vohasek is the rare JUCO transfer that has 3 years of eligibility remaining. He sat out his sophomore year to heal after playing with a torn labrum his freshman year. In that one injury-plagued season, Vohasek still had 33 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He’ll bring immediate depth and versatility to a frontline that loses four key contributors and will be transitioning to a base 3-4 alignment. Considering the immediate need at linebacker for the Heels, fans shouldn’t be surprised if he spends some time standing up as an OLB.

9:38am: Ty Murray is on the books. Shoutout to WR coach Lonnie Galloway for facilitating this flip.

Ty Murray
Carrollton High School (Carrollton, GA)
Offensive Guard, 6-4/300
247 Sports: 3 Stars, #739 (national), #45 (position), #68 (state)
Rivals: 3 Stars, NR (national) NR (position), #83 (state)

Murray became the latest player to flip to UNC when he switched his allegiance from Louisville to North Carolina. Originally expected to head to the Cardinals, Murray held off on signing in December after the Heels came in with a late offer. He committed to the Heels shortly after taking an OV in January. While he’s listed and ranked as a guard, Murray played all five positions on the OL in high school. His position of focus at UNC is expected be at center. He was the eighth player to pick North Carolina after previously committing to a different school.

10:29am: Carolina has its first California native in over a decade, as Don Chapman’s signing is official.

Don Chapman
Lincoln High School (San Diego, CA)
Safety, 6-2/185
247 Sports: 3 Stars, #585 (national), #48 (position), #83 (state)
Rivals: 3 Stars, NR (national) NR (position), #80 (state)

Already covered in this profile, Chapman comes to UNC by way of San Diego, California. Listed as a safety, Chapman’s true value is in his versatility. He can play multiple positions, and likely will be asked to do so before his time in Chapel Hill comes to an end. Press corner, safety, and nickelback are all possibilities in Jay Bateman’s unconventional scheme. Chapman may also see time as a returner on special teams, as he averaged 28.8 yards on kick returns and 23.3 yards on punt returns as a senior. Chapman was the ninth player to flip to North Carolina after Mack Brown was hired.