CHAPEL HILL: Elijah Hood leads 22-player class at UNC - WNCT

Elijah Hood leads 22-player class at UNC

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From now on, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora won't have to worry about having fewer scholarships to hand out.

Fedora announced a class of 22 players Wednesday during signing day — the Tar Heels' last under NCAA sanctions that reduced the number of scholarships by 15 over three years.

Fedora says the sanctions meant "you can't make mistakes because it's affecting us depth-wise."

The Tar Heels seemed to do just fine with their limited numbers.

The recruiting services say North Carolina signed one of its best classes in recent years. Rivals.com rated it the 20th-best class in the nation while Scout.com had it pegged at No. 31.

The key signee is Charlotte running back Elijah Hood. The state's AP prep player of the year enrolled in January.

"I think when he realized, you know, I don't have to go all across the country to reach all of my dreams and goals and find the things that I'm looking for I think that was big," Fedora said. "And, to be able to do it close to his family, he's very family oriented."

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Allen Artis DB 6-foot-1 190 Marietta, Ga. Wheeler
Brandon Fritts TE 6-foot-4 215 Mentor, Ohio Mentor
Elijah Hood RB 6-foot-0 220 Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte Catholic
Bentley Spain OL 6-foot-6 285 Charlotte, N.C. Providence
M.J. Stewart CB 5-foot-11 190 Arlington, Va. Yorktown
Tyler Powell DL 6-foot-4 255 Midlothian, Va. Cosby
Caleb Samuel OL 6-foot-6 260 Macon, Ga. First Presbyterian
Austin Proehl WR 5-foot-10 175 Charlotte, N.C. Providence
Cameron Albright DB 6-foot-2 210 Kennesaw, Ga. North Cobb
Ayden Bonilla DB 6-foot-2 200 Woodstock, Ga. Etowah
Tyrell Tomlin LB 6-foot-0 220 Marietta, Ga. Marietta
Caleb Henderson QB 6-foot-3 220 Burke, Va. Lake Braddock
Josh Cabrera WR 6-foot-3 190 Jacksonville, N.C. Northside
Josh Allen OL 6-foot-3 285 Jacksonville, Fla. Univ. Christian
Freeman Jones PK 6-foot-1 185 Bunn, N.C. Bunn
Cayson Collins LB 6-foot-1 215 Charlotte, N.C. Berry Academy
Malik Carney LB 6-foot-2 210 Alexandria, Va. T.C. Williams
Robert Dinkins DL 6-foot-2 235 Charlotte, N.C. Olympic
Jeremiah Clarke DL 6-foot-5 275 Alexandria, Va. T.C. Williams
Avery Edwards TE 6-foot-5 230 Raleigh, N.C. Ravenscroft
Devin Perry WR 6-foot-2 185 Memphis, Tenn. Memphis Univ.
Jared Cohen OL 6-foot-4 295 Owings Mills, Md. McDonogh
           
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