Michael joins Matt Harvey (2010 - 7th overall, New York Mets), Dustin Ackley (2009 - 2nd overall, Seattle Mariners), Alex White (2009 - 15th overall, Cleveland Indians), Andrew Miller (2006 - 6th overall, Detroit Tigers) and Daniel Bard (2006 - 28th overall, Boston Red Sox) as Tar Heels drafted in the first round since 2006. The six selections are more than any other school in country.
A trio of seniors inked deals at the end of the College World Series as eight round pick Greg Holt signed with the Washington Nationals, 24th round selection Jesse Wierzbicki signed with the Houston Astros and 25th round pick Patrick Johnson joined the Colorado Rockies.
Junior catcher Jacob Stallings who was selected in the 42nd round by the Cincinnati Reds did not sign Monday and will enter his senior campaign in 2012.
Five drafted incoming freshmen elected not to sign professional contracts as well and will be joining Stallings in Chapel Hill for the 2012 season.
With Cody Stubbs (Washington Nationals, 14th round), Josh Ake (New York Mets, 29th round), Chris McCue (New York Yankees, 35th round), Adam Griffin (Cleveland Indians, 44th round) and Zac LaNeve (Florida Marlins, 44th round) not signing Carolina will welcome in 17 newcomers this fall.
Signees Bryan Brickhouse (Kansas City Royals, third round) and Dillon Maples (Chicago Cubs, 14th round) signed professional contracts and will not attend North Carolina.
|2011 Incoming Freshman Class|
|Josh Ake||INF||5-11, 175||Flemington (N.J.) Hunterdon Central|
|Grayson Atwood||3B/OF||6-4, 205||Mt. Pleasant (N.C.) HS|
|George Carter||LHP/1B||6-3, 200||Greensboro (N.C.) N. Guilford
|Adam Griffin||RHP/OF||6-1, 190||Lewisville (N.C.) Forsyth Country Day
|Peter Hendel||LHP/1B||6-2, 175||Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson
|Trevor Kelly||RHP||6-2, 180||Wilmington (N.C.) Ashley
|Zac LaNeve||INF||6-1, 175||Gibsonia (Pa.) Pine-Richland
|Shell McCain||INF||5-9, 165||Fort Mill (S.C.) Nation Ford
|Chris McCue||RHP||6-0, 160||Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell|
|Mason McCullough||RHP||6-3, 210||Shelby (N.C.) Crest|
|Bradley Morton||OF||6-2, 175||Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mt. Tabor|
|Benton Moss||RHP||6-2, 175||Rocky Mount (N.C.) HS|
|Chris O'Brien||LHP||6-0, 185||Drexel Hill (Pa.) Malvern Prep|
|Luis Paula||RHP/INF||6-3, 170||Mcleansville (N.C.) NE Guilford|
|Michael Russell||INF/OF||6-2, 195||Huntersville (N.C.) Hopewell|
|Cody Stubbs||1B/OF||6-4, 225||Waynesville (N.C.) Tuscola/Tenn./Walters State|
|Mike Zolk||INF||5-10, 180||Philadelphia (Pa.) Neumann Goretti|