NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
Top prospects: Four-star athlete T.J. Thorpe, offensive tackle Kiaro Holts and linebacker Travis Hughes are all ESPNU 150 players and ranked among the top 15 in the country at their respective positions.
Needs met: The tailback position was depleted, but UNC added three in this class. The defensive line, particularly the interior, also needed to be restocked and there are four defensive tackles in this class. UNC will have to replace three starters in the secondary this spring, and there are at least three players in this class who can help the depth there. The loss of Zach Pianalto and his backup, Ed Barham, left the tight end position thin, but there are two more in this class.
Analysis: You’d never know UNC is facing possible NCAA sanctions by looking at this class. It’s loaded with talent (11 four-star recruits), hit all of the biggest needs and should keep the progress going under coach Butch Davis.
ESPN recruiting grade: B