Meet The Signing Day Class Of 2006

Meet The Signing Day Class Of 2006

As each player faxes their Letter of Intent to the UNC football office, we'll be adding them to this page. Each recruit's name is linked to their bio, which includes comprehensive feature stories, interviews, scouting notes, photos, exclusive video highlights, etc.

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ED BARHAM
6-4, 235
Tight End
Surry County, Va.
Dendron

Played both defensive end and tight end for Surry • Earned first-team all-state honors as a defensive end and second-team as a tight end in 2005 • Ranked the No. 24 player in Virginia by SuperPrep • Caught 20 passes for 400 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior • Accumulated 81 tackles (52 solo), including 13 sacks, and batted down six passes on defense • Caught 25 passes for 500 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, while also posting 70 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions • Named second-team all-state on offense and defense as a junior • Coached by Ervin Jones • Played on the 1-A state championship basketball team as a junior and was named the state's player of the year • Averaging 24.5 points and 16.5 rebounds in basketball • Son of Linda and Edward Barham • Born July 31, 1988.

TAVARES BROWN
6-0, 260
Defensive Lineman
Rockingham, N.C.
Richmond Senior

Ranked the No. 13 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 15 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Had four tackles and two sacks in the Shrine Bowl victory over South Carolina • Helped lead Richmond County (13-1) to the third round of the state 4-A playoffs as a senior • Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team • Three-time all-conference selection and the defensive player of the year in the Mid-Southeastern Conference • Registered 314 tackles and 27.5 career sacks in three years as a starter • Had 122 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior • Coached by Ed Emory • A top wrestler his senior season • Son of • Born October 21, 1987.

LOGAN BUCHANAN
6-1, 220
Linebacker
Mocksville, N.C.
Davie County

Helped lead Davie County (11-3) to the third round of the 4-AA state playoffs as a senior • Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team • Considered the No. 20 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • SuperPrep's 23rd-ranked player in North Carolina • Earned conference defensive player of the year honors • Three-year starter and two-time all-conference selection • Named 2005 Conference Defensive Player of the Year • Registered 161 tackles, 24 tackles for losses, 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles as a senior • Led Davie to a 14-1 record and the 4-A state semifinals in 2004 • Had 125 tackles, including 15 tackles for losses, eight sacks and three caused fumbles as a junior • Two-time all-conference selection • Coached by Doug Illing • Is the third Davie County product to join the Tar Heels in the last five years (David Wooldridge in 2002, Cooter Arnold in 2005) • Son of Cindy and William "Buck" Buchanan • Born August 18, 1987.

KENDRIC BURNEY
5-9, 170
Cornerback
Jacksonville, N.C.
Southwest

Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team in football and baseball • Considered the No. 17 football player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • SuperPrep's 25th-ranked player in North Carolina • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Rushed for 1,345 yards and scored 16 touchdowns from the quarterbck position as a senior • Also threw for 478 yards • Started at quarterback and defensive back • Averaged 10 tackles per game and finished as the school's career interception leader with 25 • Helped lead Southwest Onslow to 2-A state titles in 2003 and 2004 • Team finished 10-3 in 2005 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs • Also played wide receiver • Coached by Phil Padgett • A three-sport (football, baseball, basketball) star in high school who plans to walk on to the Carolina baseball team • Batted .424 (28 of 66) as a junior with 10 doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI • Made 14 appearances as a pitcher and was 3-0 with two saves and a 1.24 ERA • Coached by Eric Leary in baseball • Attended the same high school as former North Carolina All-America Marcus Jones • Son of Monica and Tyrone Burney • Born February 14, 1988.

BRUCE CARTER
6-3, 210
Athlete
Havelock, N.C.
Havelock

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 8 skill athlete in the country and the No. 7 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 14 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Played quarterback, safety and running back in high school • Ran the ball from the quarterback position more than he threw it, gaining 1,063 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns on the ground • Also passed for 585 yards and five scores as a senior • Threw for nearly 700 yards and rushed for approximately 850 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Charlie Smith • Also plays basketball • Son of Tammy and Bruce Pritchard • Born February 19, 1988.

SHAUN DRAUGHN
6-0, 195
Safety
Tarboro, N.C.
Tarboro

Three-year starter • Ranked the No. 12 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 18 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Played quarterback, defensive back, linebacker and tailback in high school • Named first-team 2A all-state by NC Preps • Gained 1,452 rushing yards on 253 carries and scored 21 touchdowns as a senior • Named player of the year by the Daily Sentinel and offensive player of the year by the Rocky Mount Telegram as a senior • Also earned all-league honors • Won Eastern Plains Offensive Player of the Year, Daily Southerner Player of the Year and Red Zone Player of the Week honors three times as a senior • Rushed for 952 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior • Also passed for five touchdowns • Coached by Jeff Craddock • Son of Shirley and Kenneth Draughn • Both of his parents are ministers • Born December 7, 1987.

GREG ELLEBY
6-5, 285
Defensive Lineman
Tabor City, N.C.
South Columbus

High school teammate with UNC redshirt freshman Bryan Dixon • Ranked the No. 18 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 25 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • All-area selection by The Wilmington Star-News • Three-year starter • Recorded 65 tackles as a senior • Helped lead South Columbus to a 12-2 record and the quarterfinals of the state 2-A playoffs • Posted 65 tackles, 16 tackles for losses and five sacks as a junior, helping lead South Columbus to a 9-2 record • Coached by Joey Price • Son of Larry and Bobbie Elleby • Born April 25, 1988.

ANTHONY ELZY
5-10, 205
Running Back
Warren, Ohio
Kennedy

Rushed for more than 2,000 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as a senior • Considered the No. 44 player in the Midwest, a six-state region, by SuperPrep • Rushed for 2,511 yards and scored 30 touchdowns in his junior season • Had one game in which he rushed for 470 yards on 22 carries and scored seven touchdowns • Twice rushed for more than 400 yards in a game and twice scored seven touchdowns • Was the second-leading rusher in the Ohio as a junior • Named first-team all-state, All-Northeast Ohio and was twice named the state's Division 5 offensive player of the year • Coached by Tony Napolet • Son of Robin and Tony Elzy • Born July 11, 1987.

LECOUNT FANTROY
5-11, 175
Cornerback
Washington, D.C.
Ballou

Ranked the No. 28 player in the Mid-Atlantic, which includes Delaware, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland, by SuperPrep • Three-time all-conference selection • Washington Post All-Metro selection • As a senior, posted 53 tackles and had seven interceptions • Scored nine touchdowns, including five on special teams • Played quarterback, running back, defensive back and wide receiver in a playoff game as a senior • Coached by Noel Cyrus • Also runs track and plays baseball • Son of Lisa and LeCount Fantroy • Born October 24, 1988.

WESLEY FLAGG
6-0, 215
Linebacker
Fayetteville, N.C.
Britt

Helped lead Jack Britt to the 4-A state title game as a junior and to the third round of the 4-AA state playoffs as a senior • Four-year varsity player • Named to the NC Preps all-state team • Earned first-team all-conference honors as a junior and senior • First-team all-region as a senior • Played linebacker and saw some action as a running back • Posted 98 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and five sacks in 11 games as a senior • Also rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns • Caught three passes for 100 yards and one touchdown • Registered 115 tackles as a junior • Coached by Richard Bailey • Son of Cynthia and Jesse Flagg • Born March 11, 1988.

ZACKERY HANDERSON
6-7, 265
Offensive Lineman
Jacksonville, Fla.
Bartram Trail

Three-year starter on the offensive line • Ranked among the top 100 players in Florida by SuperPrep, the Tallahassee Democrat and Rivals.com • Member of the Florida Times-Union Super 24 team in Northeast Florida and a preseason Super 11 Team selection • Ranked one of the top 12 offensive linemen in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel • Named all-county first-team as a junior and senior • Played in the North-South all-star game in Florida • Also played tight end • Helped lead Bartram Trail to its first district title in 2005, posting an 8-4 record, and advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs • Did not allow a sack as a junior and graded out over 95 percent • Earned all-county honors by the St. Augustine Record • Had approximately 40 pancake blocks as a junior • Coached by Darrell Sutherland • Also played basketball and earned all-county and all-conference honors • An all-state performer in track and field • Son of Melonie and Barry Handerson • Born July 19, 1988.

MICHAEL INGERSOLL
6-4, 260
Offensive Lineman
Matthews, N.C.
Butler

Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Ranked the No. 30 tight end in the country and the No. 20 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com • One of the top 35 players in North Carolina according to SuperPrep • Played tight end, offensive guard and defensive end in high school • Projects as an offensive lineman in college • Caught 16 passes for 200 yards, two touchdowns and a two-point conversion during his senior campaign • Helped lead Butler high school to a 10-3 record and the second round of the 4-AA state playoffs in 2005 • Named to the Charlotte Observer's regional second team at tight end • Coached by Mike Newsome • Son of Cynthia and Michael Ingersoll • Born January 9, 1988.

VINCE JACOBS
6-7, 218
Tight End
Charlotte, N.C.
Vance

Considered the No. 13 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Named to the Charlotte Observer's regional first team at tight end • Ranked the No. 21 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Caught 67 passes for 10 touchdowns, playing primarily at wide receiver and tight end, over his final two seasons in high school • Made 39 receptions for 497 yards and four touchdowns as a senior • Versatile athlete that also played H-Back and defensive end • Had 12 tackles, two sacks and three pass breakups in limited time at defensive end • Coached by Keith Flynn • Once high jumped 6 feet, 4 inches in a prep track meet • Son of Lillie and Vince Jacobs • Born September 16, 1987

TAVORRIS JOLLY
5-11, 180
Defensive Back
Shelby, N.C.
Shelby

Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team as an athlete • SuperPrep's 22nd-ranked player in North Carolina • Considered the No. 24 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown and was named MVP in Shelby's 26-18 victory over Reidsville in the 2-AA state title game • Four-year starter at running back and defensive back • Rushed for 1,331 yards on 182 carries and scored 16 touchdowns as a senior • Also returned 10 punts for 168 yards and a touchdown and seven kickoffs for 252 yards and a score • Had 52 tackles, five interceptions and returned one for a touchdown • Rushed for 981 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 13 receptions for 254 yards and a touchdown as a junior • Coached by Chris Norman • Son of Pamela Petty and Allen Jolly • Born September 13, 1987.

DARIUS MASSENBURG
6-4, 265
Defensive End
Chatham, Va.
Hargrave Military

Played at Hargrave Military Academy in 2005 • Named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and NCPreps.com • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Ranked the No. 15 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep and The Charlotte Observer • As a senior, had 68 tackles, seven sacks, four blocked punts, one interception and two fumble recoveries • Also had three receptions for 71 yards and two touchdowns • Tow-time team defensive MVP • Named the Northern Carolina Conference Lineman of the Year in 2004 • Earned all-area and all-conference honors as a junior and senior • Had 118 tackles and three punt blocks as a junior • Posted 103 tackles, four interceptions and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore • Finished his career with 284 tackles, seven blocked punts and five interceptions • Roanoke Valley Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 • Coached by Tim Bennett • Three-time all-conference basketball player • 2004 Homecoming King • Son of Tina Debro • Born June 19, 1987.

JARRELL MILLER
6-3, 235
Linebacker
Highland Springs, Va.
Highland Springs

Parade All-America • SuperPrep All-America • Ranked among the top 100 players in the country by Scout.com • Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-America high school all-star game, where he selected the Tar Heels on national television • Ranked the No. 3 prospect in Virginia by The Roanoke Times • Ranked the No. 9 linebacker in the country by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 4 prospect in Virginia and the No. 9 linebacker in the country by Scout.com • Posted 99 tackles, 17 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks as a senior • Had 60 tackles, including eight for losses as a junior • Coached by Scott Burton • Son of John and Sabrina Miller • Born on April 20, 1987.

ALERIC MULLINS
6-3, 285
Defensive Tackle
Wendell, N.C.
East Wake

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 2 player in North Carolina and the No. 14 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country by ESPN.com • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Earned all-conference honors four consecutive seasons • Named the conference player of the year • Led East Wake to an 8-3 record and into the second round of the North Carolina playoffs • Named East Wake MVP • Earned all-state honors as a sophomore • Posted 92 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss to go along with four fumbles on defense • Also saw time at fullback and gained 106 yards and scored five touchdowns on 10 carries • Ranked the No. 31 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com • Coached by Jimmy Williams • Son of Stacey Mullins • Born April 4, 1986.

HAKEEM NICKS
6-1, 210
Wide Receiver
Charlotte, N.C.
Independence

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 8 player in North Carolina and the No. 22 wide receiver in the country by SuperPrep • Named MVP of the 4-AA state championship game after leading Independence (15-0) to a 38-19 win over New Bern • Had eight receptions for 205 yars and two touchdowns (11 and 80 yards) in Independence's 92nd-straight victory • Did not lose a game in his high school career • Named to the North Carolina Associated Press All-State team • Named the Charlotte Observer Offensive Player of the Year • Considered the No. 9 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Caught a 37-yard touchdown pass in the Shrine Bowl • Had three catches for 42 yards in the Shrine Bowl • Ranked first in the state of North Carolina with 93 receptions for 1,819 yards and 20 touchdowns, including 10 in the playoffs, as a senior • Had three straight games with 10 or more catches • Coached by Tommy Knotts • Son of Vernice Simpson and Robert Nicks • Born January 14, 1988.

ANTHONY PARKER-BOYD
6-1, 200
QB/Athlete
Malvern, Pa.
Great Valley

Two-year starter at quarterback and a four-year starter at defensive back • Also played running back and wide reciever as a freshman • Selected to the Big 33 all-star game between Pennsylvania and Ohio • Played in the Valor Bowl, the Chester County all-star game • Had more than 1,000 yards passing and rushing as a senior and had 19 touchdowns • Passed for 1,815 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 950 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior • Also made 34 tackles and picked off five passes • Led Great Valley to the district championship game and the No. 8 ranking in Pennsylvania as a junior • Earned all-state honors as a junior • Also returned kicks • Coached by Gary Phillips • Lived in Durham, N.C. for six years before moving to Pennsylvania • Son of Cloyce Parker • Born March 21, 1988.

ALAN PELC
6-6, 310
Offensive Line
Pearland, Texas
Pearland

First-team all-district 6-A, the largest classification in Texas, as a senior • Played just one season on the varsity, but immediately began attracting attention from college coaches and receiving offers • Semifinalist for the offensive Houston Touchdown Club award • Anchored a line that had the best rushing attack in Houston • Named to the academic all-state honorable mention • Coached by Tony Heath • Also played basketball for Pearland • Son of David and Janet Pelc • Born June 9, 1988.

B.J. PHILLIPS
6-5, 225
Quarterback
Columbia, S.C.
Spring Valley

First-team 4-A all-state quarterback • Helped lead Spring Valley to an 11-3 season and the semifinals of the state playoffs in 2005 • Passed for approximately 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushed for more than 600 yards and five touchdowns as a senior • Ranked the No. 11 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 17 player in South Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Completed 50 percent of his passes for 1,496 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Jimmy Noonan • Also plays baseball • Son of Beverly and Wayne Phillips • Born November 20, 1987.

DARIUS POWELL
6-4, 218
Defensive End
Westlake, Md.
Waldorf

Had 70 tackles, 20 tackles for losses, 13 sacks, a blocked punt, a blocked field goal and a 5-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown in his senior season • Named first-team all-conference and second-team All-Metro • Also played split end and tight end • Had 68 tackles, 13 for losses, 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries and seven pass deflections as a junior • Coached by Dominic Zaccarelli • Son of Sharon and Rico Alexander • Born September 17, 1988.

MORGAN RANDALL
6-6, 255
Offensive Lineman
Greenville, N.C.
Rose

Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Helped lead Rose (16-0) to an undefeated season and its third-straight 4-A state title as a senior • Had one catch for six yards and recovered a fumble that led to a Rose score in the 2005 title game • Also had three tackles and a sack in that game • Played tight end and defensive end in high school • Rose held opponents to less than seven points per game over the last two seasons • Posted 70 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for losses as a junior • Coached by Greg Thomas • Son of Brabsie and Marc Randall • His older brother attends UNC • Also played basketball • Born March 22, 1987.

TREVOR STUART
6-4, 250
Tight End
Sugar Land, Texas
SF Austin

Played tight end and offensive line in high school • Member of the Houston Touchdown Club preseason team • Earned all-district and all-area honors as a sophomore, junior and senior • Also earned all-academic honors in the district (carried 3.5 GPA) as a sophomore, junior and senior • Caught 32 career passes for 502 yards as Sugar Land was primarily a running team • Caught 10 passes for 200 yards as a senior • Caught 30 passes for 300 yards as a junior • Coached by his father, Tom • Played basketball as a freshman and sophomore • Son of Julie and Tom Stuart • Born December 28, 1987.

RYAN TAYLOR
6-4, 210
Tight End
Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mount Tabor

Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Considered the No. 21 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Two-time all-conference selection • Helped lead Mount Tabor to a 12-2 record and the quarterfinals of the 4-A state championships in 2005 • Was instrumental in Mount Tabor's quarterfinal appearance in 2004 • Mount Tabor also played for the state title in his sophomore season • Set school single-season records with 64 receptions for 1,180 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a senior • Also rushed 13 times for 85 yards and scored three times • Returned nine kickoffs for 177 yards and 16 punts for 111 yards • Caught 54 passes for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior • Also played defensive end • Coached by Bob Sapp • Turned down lacrosse scholarship offers to play football at North Carolina • Son of Bobbi and David Taylor • Born November 16, 1987.

JOHNNY WHITE
5-10, 190
Running Back
Asheville, N.C.
Asheville

Considered the No. 10 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer and SuperPrep • Started just two seasons at tailback and rushed for 5,133 yards to break a 63-year-old school record previously held by legendary Carolina back Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Rushed for 55 yards despite an injured ankle in Asheville's 13-10 victory over Western Alamance in the 2005 3-A state championship game • Asheville completed the season 15-0 to win its first state title since 1922 • Rushed for 1,855 yards on 207 carries and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior • Also had 10 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown • Rushed for 2,200 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior • Named the Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina Player of the Year • Coached by Danny Wilkins • Son of Belinda White • Born February 3, 1988.

DEUNTA WILLIAMS
6-3, 195
Wide Receiver/Safety
Jacksonville, N.C.
White Oak

SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 4 skill athlete in the country by SuperPrep • Was named the defensive MVP for the North Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl • Recorded six tackles in the 28-24 victory • Ranked the No. 2 player in North Carolina and the No. 12 safety in the nation by Scout.com • Considered the No. 4 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 8 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • As a senior, caught 29 passes for 299 yards on offense and averaged eight tackles per game and intercepted seven passes on defense • As a junior, had 400 yards receiving, 250 yards rushing and 200 yards passing • Caught 16 passes and scored on 11 of those • Coached by Bob Blick • Also plays basketball and runs track • Attends the same high school as former North Carolina standout Quincy Monk • Son of Danine Landor and Curtis Dowdy • Born November 21, 1987.

T.J. Yates
6-5, 190
Quarterback
Marietta, Ga.
Pope

Completed 160-of-289passes (57 percent) for 2,305 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, his only year on the football team • Also rushed for 292 yards and seven scores • Also punted 34 times for 1,237 yards (36.8 avg.) with a long of 68 • Named first-team all-region and the Cobb County Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year • Earned Atlanta Metro First-Team All-Area honors • Ranked the No. 60 player in Georgia by SuperPrep • Coached by Bob Swank • Also plays basketball and is averaging 18 points, six rebounds and six assists at small forward • Son of Carol and John Yates • Born May 28, 1987.

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