Meet The Signing Day Class Of 2010


Posted Feb 3, 2010


As players faxed their Letter of Intents to the UNC football office, we added their profile to this page. Each recruit's name is linked to his bio, which includes comprehensive feature stories, interviews, scouting notes, photos, more exclusive video highlights, etc.

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DL | 6-6 / 250
Memphis (Tenn.) Hillcrest
Scouting Report: With only a season of high school football under his belt, inexperience is Alton’s greatest weakness. But, as the saying goes, you can’t teach size. Not only does he have size, but he’s a terrific athlete for that size. No doubt he’s a project, but he has tremendous upside. – Don Callahan, InsideCarolina.com
Bio: Ranked the No. 32 tight end in the country by Scout.com • Started at both defensive end and tight end for Hillcrest as a senior • Considered the No. 23 prospect in Tennessee by Rivals.com • Only began playing football as a senior • Spent most of his prep career focused on basketball until deciding to tryout for the football team this past spring • Had five catches for 86 yards at tight end and posted 21 tackles, including three sacks and two forced fumbles at defensive end • Named first-team all-region and all-city • Played five games with a broken hand • Helped Hillcrest (5-5) to its best record in seven years • Also plays basketball and averaged 10 points per game • Coached by William Johnson • Born June 25, 1992.
OL | 6-6 / 310
Arlington (Va.) O’Connell
Scouting Report: For his massive size, Appel is a very fluid athlete. He’s raw, but is potentially versatile enough to play any position along the offensive line. He has experience pulling and blocking moving targets. He blocks with excellent leverage and consistently drives his feet upon contact. – Don Callahan, InsideCarolina.com
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Bio: Two-way starter on the offensive and defensive lines as a senior • Named a Top 60 player by DCSportsFan.com • Started three years at offensive line and two on the defensive line • Played several different positions along the defensive line • Started at right tackle and was named second-team all-conference as a junior and senior • Ranked among the top 50 players in Virginia by The Roanoke Times • Earned All-Arlington County honors as a junior and senior • Coached by Steve Trimble • Competes in the shot put for the track and field team • Son of Susan Appel and Reginald Bouknight • Born Jan. 21, 1992.
RB | 5-10 / 205
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas
Scouting Report: Bernard runs with great balance and he can break tackles, run through tackles, or make guys miss. He runs with a low center of gravity and is hard to bring down. He is not a burner, but is fast enough to get to the edge and to take it to the house. He is more of a power back first and looks for the opportune time to bounce it outside. - Chad Simmons, Scout.com
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Bio: Ranked the No. 2 running back in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel • Ranked the No. 13 back in the nation according to Scout.com • Considered the No. 16 running back by ESPN.com • Member of the Scout300 • Selected as the No. 13 player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel • Considered the No. 36 player in Florida by Scout.com • Helped guide St. Thomas Aquinas to consecutive 5A state titles as a sophomore and junior • As a senior, St. Thomas was 13-1 and finished No. 13 in USA Today's Final Super Top 25 • Ran for 1,528 yards and 18 touchdowns on 160 carries as a junior • Coached by George Smith • Older brother, Yvenson, was an all-conference tailback at Oregon State and is currently in the CFL • Son of Yvens Bernard • Full name is Giovanni Govan Bernard • Born Nov. 22, 1991
OL | 6-4 / 290
Fork Union (Va.) Military
Scouting Report: Bodine has great footwork and is a natural center prospect. He reaches down his gap well, shows the ability to trap off the snap easily, and knows how to finish blocks. He's real good awareness of the second level, surprisingly adept at pulling, and pretty strong at the point of attack. - Miller Safrit, Scout.com
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Bio: Rated the No. 8 center in the country by ESPN.com • Started at both offensive guard and defensive tackle as a senior • Had 42 tackles and three sacks on defense • Ranked the No. 15 player in Virginia by The Roanoke Times and SuperPrep • Named first-team all-state at the highest of three private school divisions for two straight seasons • Team advanced to the state playoffs as a senior and finished with a 7-4 mark • Played center as a sophomore and junior • Coached by Micky Sullivan • Son of Gail and Brian Bodine • His father, Brian, is a teacher at Fork Union • Born June 30, 1992.
DB | 6-1 / 185
North Fort Myers (Fla.) HS
Scouting Report: Boston has been extremely productive on both sides of the ball in high school. He has terrific hands and is just a natural play-maker who produces. He has the size to play WR, CB, or S in college. He has better speed than appears on film and has proven to be a tough, durable player. - Geoff Vogt, Scout.com
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Bio: Ranked the No. 8 athlete in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel • Ranked the No. 37 player in Florida by Scout.com • Posted 41 tackles with 16 solo stops and four interceptions as a junior • Also caught 43 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns • Named first-team all-area at defensive back his final two seasons • Was named MVP of the John Carrigan Rotary South All-Star Classic in Ft. Myers in December, 2009 • Scored 17 touchdowns as a senior, including 11 rushing, five receiving and one on defense • Led his team with 103 carries for 841 yards, an average of 93.4 yards per game • Also had 24 receptions for 364 yards • Picked off six passes for 119 yards and recovered one fumble • Coached by Barry Goettemoeller • Son of Iris Mota • Full name is Jayestin Tre'von Boston • Born June 25, 1992.
DB | 6-0 / 205
Smithfield (N.C.) S-S/Hargrave
Scouting Report: Bunn's best fit is either as a cover-two cornerback or strong safety. His backpedal and hips are above average, but he is more built for zone coverage. He has a big, relatively thick frame that should fare well against the run. He also has good ball skills and loves to make a big hit. – Don Callahan, InsideCarolina.com
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Bio: Enrolled at UNC in January after spending one semester at Hargrave Military Academy • Ranked among the top 30 in North Carolina by Scout.com as a senior at Smithfield High School • Ranked among the top 35 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of PrepStar's High School All-Atlantic Region Team • Played wingback, safety and cornerback for Smithfield-Selma High School • Ended the season with 508 yards and nine touchdowns on 81 carries • Had 165 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and also threw a touchdown pass • Posted 78 tackles, nine pass breakups and an interception on defense as a senior • Scored all three touchdowns in a victory over Chapel Hill High School in 2008 • Coached by Anthony Barbour at Smithfield and Robert Prunty at Hargrave • Son of Regina and Danny Bunn • Born Jan. 21, 1991.
LB | 6-2 / 215
Statesville (N.C.) West Iredell
Scouting Report: With Clyburn's size and athletic ability he could be a hybrid linebacker/safety in college. Excellent change of direction, great hips in pass coverage, and very aware of the ball in both pass and run situations. Willing to come into the box and explodes into the ball carrier. Needs to get more reps near the line of scrimmage. - Miller Safrit, Scout.com
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Bio: Ranked the No. 37 safety in the country and the No. 16 player in the state by Rivals.com • Rated the No. 82 outside linebacker in the country according to Scout.com • Rated among the top 25 players in North Carolina by Scout.com • Member of the All-Charlotte Observer first team as a kick returner • Ranked the No. 16 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Considered the No. 18 athlete in the country by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Had 65 tackles and an interception as a senior • Also averaged 40 yards per return on 14 chances with four going for scores • Coached by Mark Weycker • Son of Montobia Gray and Patrick Clyburn • Born March 19, 1991.
DT/TE | 6-3 / 255
Tabor City (N.C.) South Columbus
Scouting Report: Recruited on both sides of the ball, Farmer fills out best physically as a defensive tackle. Already nearly 260 pounds, he does a great job holding his ground with excellent lower body strength and good hand placement. Good in pursuit, he's best when attacking the gap to his inside and very physical when he recognizes he is play-side. - Miller Safrit, Scout.com
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Bio: SuperPrep All-America • Considered the No. 5 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 6 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Made 85 tackles, including 27 tackles for losses and five sacks, as a senior • Considered the No. 12 tight end in the country by Rivals.com • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Had six receptions for 120 yards as a senior • Caught 15 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns as a junior • Also had 55 tackles at defensive end as a junior • Coached by Jake Fonvielle • Full name is Ethan Gregory Farmer • Born July 3, 1992.
WR | 5-10 / 175
Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
Scouting Report: Felder is elusive in the open field and runs tremendous routes. He is one of the top deep threats that we have seen in this region. He played against very good competition. He excelled on special teams as a returner and can also play running back and defensive back as well. -- Bob Lichtenfels, Scout.com
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Bio: Played his senior season for Gateway, where he helped lead the team to a 12-1 record as a senior, including a berth in the WPIAL Quad A championship game • Lined up at several different positions throughout the season, including wide receiver, kick returner, tailback and quarterback in wildcat formations • Accumulated more than 1,600 all-purpose yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, including three punt returns for touchdowns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns • Named to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Fabulous 22 team • Also saw time as a defensive back • Played basketball and ran track • Attended Danvers (Mass.) St. John's Prep before moving to Monroeville for his senior season • Played in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic in Austin in January • Coached by Terry Smith at Gateway • Son of Aaron Felder and Wanda Laws-Felder • Born Dec. 29, 1991.
TE | 6-6 / 235
Pittsford (N.Y.) Pittsford-Mendon
Scouting Report: Not only did Fitzpatrick play tight end, but he also lined up in the slot, and played quarterback in a Wildcat- type formation. He is a very good athlete for someone 6-foot-6, with excellent ball skills, and is also a solid blocker at the point of attack. He may need time to help fill out his frame. -- Bob Lichtenfels, Scout.com
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Bio: Rated the No. 33 tight end in the country by Scout.com and a Top 10 prospect in New York • Played tight end, quarterback, wide receiver fullback, defensive line, linebacker and safety at Pittsford-Menden High School • Team captain • Two-time all-county and member of the Greater Rochester First Team • Team advanced to the Section V Class AA quarterfinals • Coached by Keith Molinich • Also played basketball and averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game • Son of Dennis and Edina Fitzpatrick • Born Feb. 6, 1992.
DT | 6-3 / 290
Pinson (Ala.) Valley
Scouting Report: He is as athletic as any big kid there is. He’s almost 6-3, 295 and can stand flat foot and dunk a basketball with two hands behind his head. The potential is there. He is as raw of a kid as you’re going to find. But athletic wise and the way he moves, he doesn’t move like he’s 300 pounds. -- Matt Glover, Pinson Valley
Bio: Three-year starter at defensive tackle who also played on the offensive line • Considered one of the top 50 players in Alabama by TideSports.com • Started at defensive tackle for Pinson High School in Alabama • Posted 42 tackles, eight tackles for losses and five sacks as a senior • Coached by Matt Glover • Also played basketball and competed in the shot put in track • Son of Trinet Gray-Hall • Born June 30, 1992.
OL | 6-6 / 290
Plainfield (Ind.) HS
Scouting Report: Hurst has good footwork and keeps his feet when engaged. He is a dominant run blocker who drives his man off the ball. He could play with better knee bend, but has good quickness and above average athleticism. He does not have many weaknesses, he just needs to continue to refine technique and get stronger. -- Scout.com
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Bio: Considered the No. 3 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Was the overall MVP at the U.S. Army Junior National Combine • Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and was named the game's most outstanding offensive lineman by Scout.com • Rated Indiana's No. 1 player by Scout.com • Younger brother of Nelson Hurst, a tight end for the Tar Heels • Graded out at 98 percent as a senior at Plainfield High School • Coached by Brian Woodard • Earned first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a junior and senior • Earned area player of the year honors as a senior • Also saw some playing time on the defensive line • Played all four years on varsity • Helped team advance to the third round of the state playoffs all four seasons • Son of Tim and Susan Hurst • Born Dec. 17, 1991.
DE | 6-5 / 235
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs
Scouting Report: Jackson possesses the type of frame and athleticism that are in high demand on the recruiting trail. He flashes the ability to really get after the QB and when he learns to use his length he could be a real force on the edge. His first order of business will be hitting the weight room. - Geoff Vogt, Scout.com
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Bio: Ranked the No. 7 defensive end in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel • Considered one of the top 100 players in Florida by SuperPrep • Named all-county by the St. Petersburg Times • Three-year starter on the defensive line at Gibbs High School • Played in the North-South Pinellas County High School All-Star Game • Helped lead Gibbs to its first district championship in school history • Posted 56 tackles, 12 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles as a senior • Coached by Donnie Abraham • Son of Al and Cassandra Jackson • Born Oct. 24, 1991.
OL | 6-7 / 300
Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard
Scouting Report: A plodding and powerful lineman at the point of contact, Leifheit loves to use that strength as often as possible. He's best when head up on a defensive lineman or downblocking; he's not yet best when trapping and pulling, as he has some trouble with stunts when he has to change direction. -- Scout.com
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Bio: SuperPrep All-America • Considered the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Ranked the No. 4 player in North Carolina and the No. 23 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com • Nominated for the Offense-Defense All-America Game • Ranked the No. 4 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Helped lead Hoggard to the state playoffs all four seasons, including the state title as a sophomore • Three-time all-area selection • Coached by Scott Braswell • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Played final three years at Hoggard and freshman season at Topsail High School • Named all-state, all-region and all-conference as a senior • Was all-region and all-conference performer as a junior • Son of Terry Leifheit and Alicia Williams • Born April 2, 1991.
LB | 6-2 / 215
Charlotte (N.C.) Christian
Scouting Report: Linton is very long with a solid frame to add size and play as an outside LB. Maintains his alley very well, knows how to keep outside leverage, and redirects to pursuit extremely well. Can have trouble finding the ball at times, though he has enough quickness and change of direction to make up for false steps. -- Scout.com
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Bio: Two-sport star in football and baseball who also plans to play baseball for the Tar Heels • Ranked the No. 11 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Considered the No. 11 inside linebacker in the country by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Ranked the No. 25 player in North Carolina and the No. 63 linebacker in the country according to Rivals.com • Is ranked 20th in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Ranked the No. 27 outside linebacker in the country by ESPN.com • Started on both sides of the ball and helped lead Charlotte Christian to the NCSIAA 11-man Division I championship game • Named to the NCISAA Division I all-state team three times • Recorded 12 sacks on defense • Ran for 542 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 carries on offense • Coached by Jason Estep in football • Helped lead Christian to the baseball NCISSA 3A state championship as a junior • Son of Maria and Jim Linton • Born Jan. 7, 1991.
LB | 6-3 / 215
Lenoir (N.C.) Hibriten
Scouting Report: Lipford has very good length and needs to utilize that more. When out in space, he chases the ball well and shows very good athleticism. He definitely looks the part and is a very fluid linebacker, but he needs to work on shedding blocks, taking better angles to the ball, and tackling a little lower. - Chad Simmons, Scout.com
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Bio: One of the highest rated linebackers in North Carolina • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team • Had a sack and forced a fumble in the Shrine Bowl • SuperPrep's 13th-ranked player in North Carolina • Ranked the No. 25 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Considered the No. 39 outside linebacker prospect in the country by ESPN.com • Earned first-team all-state • Coached by Chuck Cannon • Son of Joyce and Darrell Lipford • His father, Darrell, was a star running back who once scored seven touchdowns in a prep game and is the all-time leading rusher at Western Carolina University • Born Oct. 17, 1990.
DE | 6-6 / 245
Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) HS
Scouting Report: You have to love Martin's size and the room he has to fill out in the coming years. Shows a tendency to play pretty high and needs to improve his strength to get better at the point of attack. He was dominant at the Shrine Bowl and Offense-Defense Bowl practice fields. - Chad Simmons, Scout.com
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Bio: Ranked the No. 5 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Ranked the No. 34 defensive end in the country by Scout.com • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Had eight tackles in the Shrine Bowl, including one for a loss, recovered two fumbles and forced a fumble which led to a touchdown, to earn MVP honors for the North Carolina defense • Member of the Scout300 • Named first-team all-state by NCpreps.com • Finished his senior season with 163 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four sacks and one interception • Also had 25 tackles for a loss of 101 yards • Twice named the area defensive player of the year and was the Northern Carolina Conference lineman of the year in 2009 • Helped lead Roanoke Rapids to an undefeated season and a conference title • Had 121 tackles and five sacks as a junior • Coached by Russell Weinstein • Also plays basketball • Born Feb. 19, 1992.
CB | 6-0 / 175
Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Scouting Report: Price is a pure CB that has the height, instincts, and speed to excel at the BCS level. He can elevate and make plays on the ball. Physically he needs to get stronger, when that happens he should develop into more of a force closer to the line of scrimmage. Ely has a rich tradition of quality DBs and Price fits right into that mold. - Geoff Vogt, Scout.com
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Bio: Named an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy • Played in Florida's annual Dade vs. Broward County high school all-star game in January • Opponents only threw his way 23 times all season and he made five interceptions and broke up 12 passes • Played cornerback and free safety • Finished his senior season with 39 tackles and five forced fumbles • First-team selection on the Sun-Sentinel Class 6A-5A-4A All-County team as a senior • Named All-Broward county as a senior • Helped lead Ely to an 11-2 record and the state 5A regionals, where they nearly pulled off an upset of St. Thomas Aquinas, the nation's No. 1 team • Coached by Rodney Gray • Son of Portia Williams and Lalanda Price • Born Aug. 31, 1992.
WR | 6-1 / 185
Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines
Scouting Report: One of the most productive receivers in Jacksonville over the last two seasons, Tapley is a natural receiver. He catches the ball really well, he finds ways to get open, and has a real good understanding of the game. He lacks great top end speed and is still raw in running routes but he's a playmaker. -- Mike Bakas, Scout.com
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Bio: SuperPrep All-America • Ranked the No. 37 wide receiver in the country and the No. 25 player in Florida by SuperPrep • Considered the No. 13 wide receiver in Florida by the Orlando Sun-Sentinel • Ranked the No. 51 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com • Rated the No. 69 wide receiver in the country and one of the top 100 players in Florida by Rivals.com • Member of the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11 • Had 33 receptions for 607 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior • Finished his junior season with 29 catches for 498 yards and four touchdowns • Coached by Duran Wiley • Full name is Sean Shrone Tapley • Son of Tyrone Tapley • Born Sept. 1, 1991.
WR | 5-10 / 175
Shelby (N.C.) Crest
Scouting Report: Wilkins shows good acceleration off the ball and is very tough to handle in space. He is a small wide receiver and will need to be a slot guy on the next level, but don’t let his size fool you. He can still make big plays and can become a go-to guy for his quarterback. He has very good hands and does a good job of creating space. - Chad Simmons, Scout.com
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Bio: Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Played primarily quarterback in high school, but is expected to transition to wide receiver in college • Had two catches in the Shrine Bowl and took home the award as the fastest player at the all-star game • Ranked as one of the top 100 cornerbacks in the country by Scout.com, but is expected to play wide receiver at UNC • Rushed for 792 yards and eight touchdowns while passing for 392 yards and another four scores as a senior • Coached by Roy Kirby • Son of Vicki and Rickie Wilkins • Full name is Reggie Maurice Wilkins • Born Nov. 18, 1990.
DT | 6-3 / 255
Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes
Scouting Report: Willis has a lower center of gravity and can grow into a college defensive tackle. He displays excellent hand quickness, which allows him to gain inside position and establish leverage. Moves feet well and can re-establish the line of scrimmage, and has a good motor. -- Burke Hayes, Scout.com
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Bio: Enrolled at Carolina in January, 2010 • Considered the No. 4 player in South Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Ranked the No. 8 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com • Rated the No. 5 defensive tackle by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-America game in San Antonio • Earned first-team all-state, all-region and all-conference honors his final two seasons in high school • Named the conference defensive lineman of the year as a senior • Made 127 tackles, including 13 sacks, as a senior • Had 144 tackles, including 24 tackles for loss and 13 sacks, as a junior • Coached by Chris Miller • Son of Gary and Wanda Willis • Born Aug. 5, 1991.


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