Tar Heels football signs 19 to NLI’s

Chris Baird, Triangle Sports Network
Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora announced on Wednesday that 19 students signed National Letters of Intent (NLI’s) to play football at UNC.

Seven others enrolled in January to bring the Tar Heels’ 2016 class to a total of 26.

The class includes 16 defensive position players and 10 offensive position players.

Fedora and his staff signed seven defensive backs, five defensive linemen, four linebackers, three offensive linemen, two quarterbacks, two wide receivers, two tight ends and one running back.

“We had a great day today,” Fedora said.

“It was an exciting day for our staff, our support staff, all the people here at Carolina, the recruits, their familes, everybody. Most all of these guys we have been recruiting for more than a year and we have close relationships with them and their families. This group of guys understands the value of an education.  It’s one of the reasons they chose the University of North Carolina because they can get a world class education and play at the highest level.”

Carolina’s recruiting class is currently ranked No. 21 by Rivals.com and No. 23 by Scout.com.

UNC Football 2016 signees

Name/Pos./Ht./Wt./Hometown/High School/Previous School – *Enrolled in January, 2016

Jordon Brown*/RB/5-10/180/Durham, N.C./Southern

Logan Byrd*/QB/6-3/230/Warner Robins, Ga./Veterans

Kyree Campbell/DT/6-4/305/Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge

Allen Cater/DE/6-4/240/Hiram, Ga./Mt. Paran Christian School

J.B. Copeland*/LB/6-3/225/Southlake, Texas/Southlake Carroll/Navarro College

Nolan DeFranco/DE/6-6/230/Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange

Myles Dorn*/DB/6-2/185/Charlotte, N.C./Vance

Marlon Dunlap/DT/6-4/300/Charlotte, N.C./West Charlotte

Luke Elder/OL/6-4/290/LaGrange, Ga./LaGrange

D.J. Ford/DB/6-3/195/Ashland, Ala./Central

Tomon Fox/DE/6-3/235/Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins Hill

Rontavius Groves/WR/5-11/175/Nashville, Tenn./Pearl-Cohn

Tyrone Hopper/LB/6-4/210/Roswell, Ga./Roswell

Roscoe Johnson/WR/6-1/180/Jonesville, S.C./Union County

Jay-Jay McCargo/OL/6-4/300/Alexandria, Va. /Bishop O’Connell

James Pierre/DB/6-0/170/Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach

Tyler Pritchett/OL/6-3/300/Auburn, Ala./Auburn

Patrice Rene/DB/6-2/200/Alexandria, Va./Episcopal

Dominique Ross/LB/6-3/210/Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy

Greg Ross/DB/6-1/175/Temple Hills, Md./Potomac

K.J. Sails/DB/5-11/165/Riverview, Fla./East Bay

Jonathan Smith*/LB/6-1/230/Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland

Chazz Surratt/QB/6-3/205/Denver, N.C./East Lincoln

Noah Turner/TE/6-3/245/Mundelein, Ill./Carmel Catholic

Garrett Walston*/TE/6-4/225/Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover

Myles Wolfolk*/DB/6-0/190/Upper Marlboro, Md./Wise

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Peter Koutroumpis is an alumnus of the University of Toronto and Bowling Green State University. Living in the Raleigh area, he has been involved and employed in organized sport and competition as a player, official, teacher, coach, administrator, and volunteer. With more than 25 years of experience in sport event management and programming, as Owner and Managing Editor of the Triangle Sports Network, a set of online sports news sites, he provides a variety of perspectives on the amateur and professional sports landscape including the NCAA, NHL, NBA, PGA, and LPGA, and more.