UNC recruiting focuses on offensive line, secondary

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) In a story Feb. 1 about North Carolina's recruiting class, The Associated Press erroneously reported the last name of a UNC running back who played last season. His name is T.J. Logan.

A corrected version of the story is below:

UNC recruiting focuses on offensive line, secondary

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora spent this recruiting season building an offensive line


AP Sports Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina coach Larry Fedora spent this recruiting season building an offensive line.

Fedora on Wednesday announced the Tar Heels' 20-man class of incoming freshmen, a borderline Top 25 group that includes five four-star prospects as evaluated by 247sports.com.

The best of those might be offensive guard Jonah Melton, a native of nearby Mebane who the recruiting service ranks as the ninth-best at his position in the nation. North Carolina signed five offensive linemen and Fedora says it's ''not easy to do, to go out and find five quality guys.''

Fedora says the Tar Heels had no quarterbacks in their class because Mitch Trubisky's decision to enter the NFL draft early came too late to land a quality replacement, but that will be a focus of next year's class.

In addition to Trubisky, UNC's top two tailbacks, three top receivers and two seniors from the offensive line are gone. The other pressing need was in the secondary, and this class includes four defensive backs.


Other things to know:

Top 25 Class: On the bubble.

Best in class: Melton, a lifelong UNC fan who missed his senior season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in April 2016.

Best of the rest: DE Jake Lawler, ATH C.J. Cotman, DT Xach Gill.

Late addition: CB Dazz Newsome picked North Carolina on Wednesday after previously being committed to Maryland.

One that got away: The Tar Heels would've liked to have WR Sage Surratt join his brother - QB Chazz Surratt signed here last year - but the Parade All-American picked Wake Forest.

How they'll fit in: Fedora says the two running backs in this class - Antwuan Branch and Michael Carter - have ''got to come in here and play for us'' right away and ''they don't have a choice, do they?'' Carter enrolled early while Branch will arrive after he graduates from high school in Tennessee. Starter Elijah Hood entered the NFL draft early while T.J. Logan exhausted his eligibility.


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