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UNC football recruiting: North Carolina gains two commits for the class of 2018

The Tar Heels add quarterback Cade Fortin and linebacker Kyle Wright to an already impressive class.

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North Carolina may have lost four-star talent Payton Wilson after the linebacker decommitted from the program, but UNC has had no trouble replacing him. In quick succession, quarterback Cade Fortin and linebacker Kyle Wright have committed to the school’s recruiting class of 2018,

Three-star quarterback Cade Fortin is a former Texas A&M commit, but he decommitted from their program on Sunday and officially joined the Tar Heels on Thursday following an in-home visit from Larry Fedora and Keith Heckendorf. The Suwanee, Georgia native ranks 24th among pro-style quarterbacks, though he suffered a season-ending leg injury in August.

Replacing Wilson more directly is three-star linebacker Kyle Wright, who announced his verbal commitment on Tuesday. The six-foot-one, 210-pound Columbia native is the 19th-best talent in the state of South Carolina and the 43rd overall inside linebacker in his class. Wilson previously played ball with current UNC commit Jordyn Adams, and he plans to take an official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend.

Right now, Fortin is the team’s second quarterback in the class, after Jace Ruder, and Wright is the sole linebacker. North Carolina also recently added defensive end Lancine Turay from Irvington, New Jersey during the week of Thanksgiving and Wake Forest running back Devon Lawrence before that. UNC’s current class of 2018 now stands at 14 players in total.