, North Carolina (PressExposure) April 29, 2009 -- The University of North Carolina Tar Heels has always had a rich basketball program, that's where Michael Jordan, the best basketball player ever went, but how about their football team? Well last year was a good season for the Tar Heels, as they finished the season 8-5 overall with a 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference record, sparked by winning 5 out of their first 6 games. They even had a berth in the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte, NC against West Virginia, where they lost a very close game, 31-30.
So what did the recruiting season have to offer the Tar Heels? Well, with the enthusiasm that has surrounded them over the last 2 years under coach Butch Davis, they signed a 29 man class that is rated among the top 10 by most recruiting services, one even rates them at number 4. The success of last season is obvious, and the Tar Heels were in contention to play for the ACC championship going into the last month, but in 2007 they had also shown promise. They finished only 4-8 but most of the losses were by a touchdown or less. "Wins have gotten better, certainly the stadium expansion, getting to a bowl game, being on national television -- there's an awful lot of positive momentum," he said. "I think the '09 recruiting class just continues to add another step in the process of building the program."
So who are these young men? Well in a list that's topped by Donte Moss, a defensive end from Jacksonville, NC, there are13 players rated as a four star or higher. About half the class will probably see playing time thru the 2009 season according to Davis. Some players even enrolled early to be eligible for spring practice like wide receiver Joshua Adams from Cheshire, Ct and Kevin Reddick, a linebacker out of New Bern, NC. Despite all of their success, there was one player that escaped North Carolina. Sam Montgomery, a defensive end from Greenwood, SC, rated the second best player in his state, signed with LSU.
Moss had 25 sacks his senior season and runs a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash and was rated as the best defensive end in the country. Adams was rated the second best player in the state of Connecticut after catching 14 touchdown passes last season and Reddick, listed at 6-3, 230 pounds, was rated as the number 9 player in North Carolina. Another top recruit for the Tar Heels include quarterback Donavan Tate from Cartersville, Ga, who could also play running back, wide receiver or on defense, but will get his first look at quarterback. North Carolina also landed linebackers Hawatha Bell from Charlotte, NC, who was rated the 5th best player in his state and in the top 20 for inside linebackers in the nation, and Justin Dixon, Smithfield, NC, also rated in the top 10 players in North Carolina. Even though North Carolina