Larry Fedora is doing a terrific job as the new head coach of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Wait, how can that be? The Fedora era hasn’t even began yet in Chapel Hill right? Wrong, Fedora got to work immediately on the recruiting front and has done wonders to change the opinion of Carolina football in the state of North Carolina and beyond.
After doing a pretty good job at salvaging the 2012 recruiting class after getting a very late start. Fedora immediately embarked on his vision for turning around football at UNC. Building what he calls a North Carolina Dream Team. Already the results are miles above his predecessors Butch Davis and Everett Withers. Fedora has taken the Heels on the road for practices to spread the word that Tar Heel football is changing for the better.
Already in the young 2013 recruiting season, Fedora has locked up eight commitments, six from within the state of North Carolina. That number already exceeds recent performance for the University. Fedora has done such a nice job the Heels lead the ACC with not only the most commits but the most talent as well with three, four star prospects committed so far.
Fedora brings an energy and enthusiasm, along with a great vision to the recruiting scene. Just look at what 2013, four star OL commit RJ Prince (who was previously committed to Clemson before Fedora turned him) had to say in our recent interview with him on KIH Radio.
KIH: It’s amazing how fast Fedoras NC Dream Team has swept through the state given the lack of local commits in 2012. Is that something that surprises you?
RJP:Yeah, in my mind, I really think. Coach Withers made the football program seem like there was no electricity in it, you know what I mean? I really think that coach Withers and his staff, made the whole 2011-12 football season, made it live up to the statement like it was a wine and cheese atmosphere and they really didn’t try and sell the program. They didn’t really do a good job of trying to come out and get recruits really. With coach Fedora he turned it around really. Really, quick, he turned it around.
It’s clear whenever you listen to any of Fedoras recruits speak. He has a great vision, attitude and a fresh plan that is almost so simple it should be obvious. Go out, recruit the state harder than any other, spread the word of Carolina football, preach the vision of bringing together all the top talent in the state together to play in Chapel Hill.
Let’s take a look at the commits and known offers for the 2013 class.
Ryan Switzer (ATH, WR, RB) 3 stars 5-9, 170 Charleston, WV
Brian Walker (CB) 4 stars 5-11, 180 Charlotte, NC
Desmond Lawrence (CB) 3 stars 6-1, 175 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Christian
RJ Prince (OL) 4 stars 6-8, 300 Albemarle, NC Albemarle
Khris Francis (RB) 4 stars 5-9, 180 Durham, NC Hillside
Korin Wiggins (S) 3 stars 5-10, 180 Durham, NC Hillside
Donnie Miles (S) 3 stars 5-11, 195 Suwanee, GA North Gwinnett
Jordan Fieulleteau (WR) 3 stars 6-3, 205 Raleigh, NC Wakefield
Fedora has a good start on the recruiting season with 28 known offers out, 17 of which to North Carolina prospects.
Johnathan Alston (ATH) 4 stars 6-3, 200 Bunn, NC Bunn
Justin Fieulleteau (CB) NR 6-0, 175 Raleigh, NC Wakefield
Nazair Jones (DE) 4 stars 6-5, 250 Roanoke Rapids, NC Roanoke Rapids
Dane Rogers (DE) 3 stars 6-3, 235 Shelby, NC Crest
Tyquan Lewis (DE) 3 stars 6-4, 225 Tarboro, NC Tarboro
Jalen Miller (DE) 4 stars 6-2, 265 Gaffney, SC Gaffney
Matt Wogan (K) NR 6-2, 190 Indian Trail, NC Porter Ridge
Tyrone Crowder (OG) 4 stars 6-3, 305 Rockingham, NC Richmond County
Peter Kalambayi (OLB) 4 stars 6-2, 230 Matthews, NC Butler
LaChaston Smith (OLB) 3 stars 6-1, 215 Statesville, NC South Iredell
Jalen Stevens (OLB) 3 stars 6-4, 220 Goose Creek, SC Goose Creek
Seyvon Lowrey (OLB) NR 6-3, 225 Jacksonville, FL First Coast
Na’Ty Rogers (OT) 4 stars 6-4, 260 Pomfret, MD McDonough
Alan Knott (OT) 3 stars 6-5, 270 Tyrone, GA Sandy Creek
Riley Ferguson (QB) 4 stars 6-2, 190 Matthews, NC Butler
Anthony Jennings (QB) 4 stars 6-2, 205 Marietta, GA Marietta
John O’Korn (QB) 3 stars 6-3, 210 Fort Lauderdale, FL St. Thomas Aquinas
Chavas Rawlings (QB) 3 stars 6-4, 190 Monessen, PA Monessen
Sam Craft (QB) NR 6-0, 195 Memphis, TN Craigmont
TJ Logan (RB) 4 stars 5-11, 180 Greensboro, NC Northern Guilford
Anthony Covington (RB) 3 stars 6-0, 200 Charlotte, NC Mallard Creek
DJ Reid (RB) 3 stars 6-0, 195 Chester, VA Dale
Marquez North (WR) 4 stars 6-3, 210 Charlotte, NC Mallard Creek
Uriah LeMay (WR) 4 stars 6-2, 190 Matthews, NC Butler
Brandon Facyson (WR) 4 stars 6-2, 180 Newnan, GA Northgate
Keeon Johnson (WR) 3 stars 6-3, 195 Kannapolis, NC Brown
Corey Cooper (WR) 3 stars 6-0, 185 Raleigh, NC Millbrook
Jalen McDaniel (WR) 3 stars 6-2, 200 Fayetteville, NC Britt
Note: Lewis Neal who was considering the Tar Heels has committed to Ohio State. QB Carlis Parker, has committed to Virginia Tech.