North Carolina's recruiting needs

January, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

UNC coach Butch Davis is wasting no time transforming the football program, and he's doing it by luring in one of the nation's best recruiting classes. The Tar Heels have joined the likes of traditional recruiting powers Florida State and Miami with what is currently the No. 11 class in the nation. Davis has 27 commitments already, and four are ranked among the ESPN 150.

With the departure of receivers Brandon Tate, Hakeem Nicks, Brooks Foster, Ken Thornton and Cooter Arnold, the receiving corps is depleted. And with the transfer of backup quarterback Cam Sexton, the depth at the position is a concern. The arrival of quarterback Bryn Renner, who is listed as the No. 6 prep quarterback by Scouts Inc., should help, and highly touted athlete Donavan Tate, could be another option if he doesn't pursue a baseball career.

Defensive backs were another priority as safety Trimane Goddard will graduate, Jordan Hemby will be a senior and Kendric Burney a junior. There's not a lot of depth behind them.

The staff was also looking to build the offensive line, and a key concern that might go overlooked is the need for a punter. Terrence Brown graduated and his backup is a walk-on who has never kicked. The Tar Heels have high expectations for C.J. Feagles, whose father, Jeff, is a Miami grad and the punter for the Giants.

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