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North Carolina football recruiting: Safety Bryson Richardson commits to UNC

The former Tennessee commit gives UNC five for the 2018 cycle.

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Buford, Georgia safety Bryson Richardson committed to North Carolina during a campus visit on Wednesday afternoon. The six-foot-one, 175-pound Richardson was previously committed to Tennessee, the same place former UNC defensive backs coach Charlton Warren left for.

In Richardson, the Heels are getting another versatile defensive back. They project him as a safety, but he has shown an ability to play corner at Buford. According to his Hudl page, he brings a 4.57-second 40 and an impressive 4.19-second shuttle to the table, along with a confirmed 34-inch vertical jump.

After the long-time commitments of defensive backs D.J. Crossen (Greensboro) and Donte Burton (Georgia) ended, Carolina’s defensive back recruiting board under new coach Terry Joseph has been extremely fluid.

If his commitment holds, Bryson will follow in the footsteps of two Buford alumni— sophomore guard Nick Polino will compete for a starting spot on Carolina’s O-line this year, and former linebacker Nathan Staub hails from the Gwinnett County, GA high school as well.

With Richardson on board, Carolina’s 2018 class stands at five players strong. He is joined by 4-stars LB Payton Wilson, ATH Dyami Brown, and OT Avery Jones, and 3-star DE Chris Collins.