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UNC football recruiting: Tar Heels looking to the class of 2018

North Carolina offered five 2018 players in the last week

NCAA Football: North Carolina A&T at North Carolina Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Tar Heels football team is looking to close up their 2017 recruiting class with just days before National Signing Day on February 1st. At the same time, though, they are concentrating on the next year of recruits by offering several impressive players from the class of 2018. We have a long time before any of them are ready for Chapel Hill, but it’s time to get the hype train started on what could be a big year for UNC.

At this very moment, the Tar Heels have commitments from three-star cornerbacks Donte Burton, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, and D.J. Crossen, of Greensboro, North Carolina. In the last week, UNC has offered another five players in this class, which seems to be wide open at this point.

On the 18th, the Tar Heels offered three-star defensive tackle Josh Walker. At six-foot-two, 285-pound, the Bradenton, Florida native has the size to be an effective lineman. He is currently ranked as the 590th ranked player in the 2018 class. He is also the no. 42 defensive tackle and the no. 96 talent from his home state. He has 11 offers on the table, including Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Tulane, California, and Purdue.

Offered on the same day was Tanner McKee, a pro-style quarterback from Corona, California. The six-foot-six, 199-pound play caller is taller than Mitch Trubisky and should be one of the top QB recruits in his class. McKee is a four-star talent who ranks 172nd on the national level. He is the no. 9 pro-style quarterback in his class and is also the no. 25 player out of California. Right now, McKee has offers from Brigham Young, Georgia, Louisville, Nebraska, Boise State, Colorado, Hawaii, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon State, and Utah.

When Trubisky declared for the draft after just one season as a starter, the program was left without much in the way of a starting quarterback. Whoever ends up spending the most time at the position, it’s hard to imagine they will have the role locked up in 2018 as well. It’s at least possible that McKee would be in the running for some playing time, depending how things shake out.

On January 21st, offensive tackle Jordan McFadden, from Roebuck, South Carolina, also received an offer. At six-foot-five and 280-pound, he is a big dude, however, he has yet to be ranked by any major website. McFadden has received offers from Duke, East Carolina, Mississippi State, Syracuse, Virginia, and already went to visit Chapel Hill in September.

Another unranked prospect, Edward Hendrix received an offer on the following day. Hendrix is a six-foot-four, 195-pound wide receiver form Washington, DC. He currently holds scholarship offers from Clemson, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse.

Most recently, they have extended an offer to another cornerback in Keidron Smith of West Palm Beach, Florida. Smith is a three-star player who ranks 728 on the national composite. He also ranks no. 77 at his position for the class and is the 117th best player from Florida in 2018. Smith currently holds offers from Duke, Iowa State, LSU, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Oregon State, and Kentucky.