National Signing Day is almost here Tar Heel Nation! UNC head coach Larry Fedora has done a terrific job of restoring pride to the North Carolina football program and it all starts on the recruiting front. North Carolina has secured 17 commitments in the 2013 class that will be made official on Wednesday when the top high school football prospects in the nation sign their letters of intent. Let’s take a look at the biggest storylines heading into the big day.
Marquez North’s commitment to Tennessee: The second rated receiver in the 2013 class surprisingly picked the Vols over the Tar Heels on January 30th when many insiders speculated that he was Chapel Hill bound. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound North is an extremely dangerous player. A rare athlete for his size, North has breakaway speed to go along with his large frame, he would have been a huge commitment for UNC.
Jonathan Alston’s commitment to NC State: Alston’s wingspan and sheer size make him an imposing figure and is a tough cover for any defense. He’s shown the ability to get separation down the field on deep routes and muscle his way inside on short yardage routes. Alston was the second of two undecided WRs the Heels were going after that decided to go somewhere other than UNC.
Where will Korin Wiggins go?: Wiggins is a high school teammate of running back Khris Francis who has already enrolled at Carolina. The HS teammates committed on the same day in early February and while Francis’ commitment never wavered; Wiggins began to have second thoughts and officially reopened his recruitment in January. Wiggins took visits to Ohio State on 11/24, Clemson on 1/11 and UNC on 1/18. Korin will announce his decision between the three teams on National Signing Day.
UNC losing another scholarship: UNC is already down 15 scholarships over three years due to NCAA sanctions handed down in March. Since NSD had already passed UNC was allowed to delay the penalty a year starting with this years recruiting class, now instead of being down five scholarships, the Heels are down six. The additional penalty is because track star turned wide receiver Roy Smith walked onto the football program and ended up playing a pretty significant role on the team due to injuries at the WR and punt return positions. The NCAA rules however stipulate that the bylaws apply to the entire University, not just the football program.