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."
|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|