Chapel Hill, N.C. - Larry Fedora announced Wednesday his first signing class as head coach at North Carolina. The class includes 21 student-athletes that signed national letters of intent Wednesday and two players who have been enrolled at Carolina since January.
The class includes two quarterbacks, four wide receivers, four offensive linemen, three defensive ends, four linebackers, one bandit, two cornerbacks, two safeties and one tight end.
North Carolina opens spring practice on March 14 and the annual Spring Game is set for April 14 at 3 p.m.
2012 North Carolina Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
Kanler Coker QB 6-4 205 Flowery Branch, Ga. Flowery Branch
Kedrick Davis WR 5-10 165 Charlotte, N.C. Berry Academy
Quinshad Davis WR 6-4 185 Gaffney, S.C. Gaffney
John Ferranto OL 6-5 270 Burlington, N.J. Township
Junior Gnonkonde Bandit 6-4 220 Lakeland, Ga. Lanier County
Clint Heaven S 6-0 190 Palmetto, Fla. Manatee
Jon Heck OL 6-6 290 Jacksonville, Fla. The Bolles School
Joe Jackson S 6-2 210 Jacksonville, Fla. First Coast
T.J. Jiles CB 5-11 165 Cape Coral, Fla. Cape Coral
Terrance Knox* TE 6-2 240 Concord, N.C. Concord
Dan Mastromatteo LB 6-2 215 Absecon, N.J. Holy Spirit
J.J. Patterson OL 6-4 330 Roanoke Rapids, N.C. Roanoke Rapids
Caleb Peterson OL 6-5 310 Auburn, Ala. Auburn
Shakeel Rashad* LB 6-2 215 Jacksonville, Fla. Episcopal
Jessie Rogers DE 6-4 240 Arlington, Texas Bowie
Malik Simmons CB 5-11 180 Lehigh Acres, Fla. Lehigh
Kendrick Singleton WR 6-2 200 Macclenny, Fla. Baker County
Nathan Staub LB 6-2 210 Buford, Ga. Buford
James Summers QB 6-2 200 Greensboro, N.C. Page
Monte Taylor DE 6-3 235 Springdale, Md. Flowers
Justin Thomason DE 6-4 240 McDonough, Ga. Eagle's Landing Christian
Damien Washington WR 6-1 180 Kannapolis, N.C. A.L. Brown
Phillip Williamson LB 6-3 210 Durham, N.C. Jordan
*Enrolled at North Carolina in January, 2012
Quarterback, 6-4, 205
Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch)
Has already graduated from high school . Considered the No. 72 quarterback prospect in the country by Scout.com . Played football, basketball and baseball in high school . Became the starting quarterback at Gainesville (Ga.) North Hall High School as a junior . Transferred to Flowery Branch for his senior season and completed 173 of 290 pass attempts for 2,809 yards and 31 touchdowns . Also rushed 119 times for 837 yards and 15 touchdowns . Amassed more than 3,800 yards of total offense . Averaged double figures in basketball . Attended North Carolina's basketball camp as a youngster . His father played middle linebacker for Georgia Southern . Played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game in December . Finished in the top 10 for Georgia's High School player of the year voting . Won the team's academic award for football and basketball . Named the Atlanta Touchdown Club Back of the Week award . Played in the North-South All-Star game . Born April 30, 1993.
Wide Receiver, 5-10, 165
Charlotte, N.C. (Berry Academy)
Pronounced KEE-drick . Rated the No. 48 multi-purpose athlete in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 24 player in North Carolina . Considered the No. 32 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep . Ranked among the top 50 athletes by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming . Won the NCHSAA 2-A state championship in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.47 seconds . Has also been timed at 21.64 in the 200-meter dash . Averaged 25.7 yards per reception as a senior and caught 20 touchdown passes over the last two seasons . Had 38 receptions for 780 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior . Coached by Andrew Howard . Son of Brenda Davis . Born Dec. 10, 1993.
Wide Receiver, 6-4, 185
Gaffney, S.C. (Gaffney)
Parade All-America . Also named to Rivals, MaxPreps, US Air Force and Sports Illustrated high school All-America teams . Named South Carolina's Gatorade Player of the Year . Member of South Carolina's Shrine Bowl team . Ranked the No. 2 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep . Caught 108 passes for 2,009 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior . Named a finalist for South Carolina's Mr. Football . Considered the No. 2 player in South Carolina and the No. 34 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com . Member of the Rivals250 team . Helped lead Gaffney to a 13-1 record and an appearance in the state championship game as a senior . Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 51 wide receiver in the nation . Caught 94 passes for 1,481 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior . Coached by Dan Jones . Son of Quinzetta Posey and James Davis . Born May 24, 1994.
Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 270
Burlington, N.J. (Township)
Pronounced Fuhr-ANN-toe . Considered one of the top eight offensive linemen in New Jersey by NJVarsity.com . Played both offensive line and defensive line at Burlington Township High School . Competed the first two years on defensive line, but moved to left tackle as a senior . Selected first-team All-South Jersey by Philadelphia Inquirer and first-team All-Area by Camden Courier Post . Named to the All-Group 3 team . Key part of an offensive line that paved the way for 1,900 yards rushing and a 7-3 record . Also is expected to compete as a deep snapper in college . Was named the MVP of the New Jersey Ultimate 100 as a defensive lineman . Put on 50 pounds after his freshman year of high school . Also competed in track and field . Two-time second-team all-conference . Academic all-county . Coached by Tom Maderia . Son of Julie and John Ferranto . Born Nov. 16, 1993.
Bandit, 6-4, 220
Lakeland, Ga. (Lanier County)
Pronounced non-KHAN-day . Ranked the No. 39 weakside defensive end in the country by Rivals.com and the No. 51 player in Georgia by Rivals.com . Posted 119 tackles as a senior, including nine sacks, and had two fumble recoveries . Also had 10 receptions for 169 yards and carried three times for 159 yards . Made 89 tackles, had nine sacks and recovered two fumbles as a junior . Recorded 68 tackles, six sacks and six fumble recoveries as a sophomore . Coached by John White who is also his legal guardian . Moved to the United States from Africa four years ago . Speaks four languages . Also competed in the shot put in track and field and played basketball . Was a track region champion in the shot put three consecutive seasons and was the anchor of the 4x400 meter relay team . Four-year starter on basketball team who averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds . Three-time all-region player and named the region's defensive player of the year . Born Aug. 4, 1993.
Safety, 6-0, 190
Palmetto, Fla. (Manatee)
Ranked the No. 30 safety prospect in the nation by Rivals.com and considered one of the top 100 players in Florida . Considered the No. 59 safety nationally by ESPN.com . Rated the No. 72 safety prospect in the country by Scout.com . Helped lead his team to the Florida 7-A state championship, its first since 1992 . Recorded 80 tackles, including 50 solo stops, and five passes defended as a senior . Had a sack in the regional final . Was a three-year starter and played in two state championship games at Manatee . Had a season-high 14 tackles against Palm Beach in the state semifinal and had 10 against nationally-ranked Our Lady of Good Counsel (Md.) in the season opener . Coached by Joe Kinnan . Also competed in track and field . Son of Clinton and Tundra Heaven . Born Jan. 5, 1994 .
Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 290
Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School)
Ranked among the top 100 prospects in Florida by Scout.com . Member of the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11 and Super 24 . Helped lead Bolles to a 13-1 record and a state championship come-from-behind victory over Booker T. Washington as a senior . Listed by ESPN.com as one of the top 100 tackles in the country . Named second-team all-state . Missed his junior season with a foot fracture . Has a large frame and long arms . Coached by Corky Rogers at The Bolles School . Also competed in basketball and throws the discus in track and field . Originally from Charlottesville, Va. . His father, Andy, was a first-team All-America offensive tackle for Notre Dame and played on the 1988 national championship team in South Bend . Andy coached three seasons as an assistant coach at Virginia and recently concluded his ninth season with the Jacksonville Jaguars . Son of Andy and Jennifer Heck . Born Feb. 5, 1994.
Safety, 6-2, 210
Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast)
Member of the Florida Times-Union Super 11, Super 24 and was an All-Coast and All-Gateway selection . Posted 105 tackles, including 18 for losses and seven sacks, as First Coast advanced to the 7-A state championship game . Also had two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries . Listed as the No. 41 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com . Considered the No. 82 outside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com . Ranked one of the top 110 players in Florida by SuperPrep . Coached by Marty Lee . Son of Barbara and Joseph Jackson . Born Jan. 6, 1994.
Cornerback, 5-11, 165
Cape Coral, Fla. (Cape Coral)
SuperPrep All-America . Ranked the No. 20 player overall in the state of Florida by SuperPrep . Member of the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 . Won MVP honors for the South at the Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star game . Considered the No. 26 cornerback prospect in the country by Scout.com . Rated the No. 50 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com . Listed by ESPN.com as one of the top 100 cornerbacks nationally . Named third-team all-state by The Associated Press . Played quarterback as a sophomore and played on both sides of the ball as a junior and senior . Had more than 1,000 yards receiving as a senior . Coached by Brad Metheny . Son of Marqui Church . Full name is Tyreece Isia-Berna Jiles . Born May 3, 1994.
Tight End, 6-2, 240
Concord, N.C. (Concord)
Enrolled at North Carolina in January, 2012 . PrepStar All-Atlantic Region . Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 21 tight end prospect in the country . Ranked the No. 31 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep . Considered the No. 33 tight end prospect in the country by Scout.com . Posted 32 receptions for 426 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior . Two-time all-county . Coached by Glen Padgett . Son of Charles and Priscilla Knox . Born Feb. 20, 1994.
Linebacker, 6-2, 215
Absecon, N.J. (Holy Spirit)
Pronounced mass-troh-muh-TAY-oh . Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 53 outside linebacker prospect in the nation . PrepStar All-East Region . Considered the No. 72 outside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com . Named first-team all-state and all-non public group II by Newark Star-Ledger . Was an all-South Jersey first-team pick by the Philadelphia Inquirer . Posted 99 tackles and six sacks for the South Jersey state champions . Recorded 90 tackles, 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown as a junior . Also returned an interception for a touchdown . Coached by Charles Roman . Son of Albert and Michelle Mastromatteo . Born June 19, 1993.
Offensive Lineman, 6-4, 330
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (Roanoke Rapids)
Member of the PrepStar All-America team . Ranked the No. 9 player in North Carolina by NCPreps.com . Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 22 offensive guard nationally . Rated the No. 18 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep . Considered the No. 30 offensive guard prospect in the country by Scout.com . A four-year starter on the offensive line at Roanoke Rapids . Played in the Offense-Defense All-Star game in Dallas, Texas . Two-time conference lineman of the year . Started on both the offensive line and defensive line during his last three years . Posted 62 tackles and a sack as a senior defensive tackle . Coached by Russell Weinstein . Son of Jerome Patterson.
Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 310
Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)
Considered the No. 11 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com and is a four-star prospect . Ranked the No. 21 senior in Alabama by SuperPrep . Considered the No. 27 offensive guard prospect in the country by Scout.com . Ranked the 14th best senior in Alabama by The Birmingham News . Selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game . Played in the Offense-Defense All-Star game . Named first-team all-region and all-state . Auburn went 8-2 his senior season and advanced to the state playoffs . Member of the Scout300 as one of the top players in the country . Two-year starter . Named all-state and all-area . His brother, Taylor, plays at Southern Miss . Coached by Tim Carter . Son of Marjorie and Steve Peterson . Born Dec. 22, 1993.
Linebacker, 6-2, 215
Jacksonville, Fla. (Episcopal)
Enrolled at North Carolina in January, 2012 . Member of the PrepStar All-America team . Member of the Orlando Sentinel's Florida Top 100 . A four-star prospect by ESPN.com, which lists him as the No. 35 outside linebacker prospect in the nation . Considered the No. 57 outside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com . Member of the Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11 and Super 24 teams . Posted 82 tackles and eight sacks as a junior . Also played basketball and ran track . Holds the school record in the 400 meters . Coached by David Hess . His older brother, Shareff, played football at UCF . Son of Shareff and Sharon Rashad . Born March 17, 1994.
Defensive End, 6-4, 240
Arlington, Texas (Bowie)
Considered the No. 80 defensive end prospect in the country by Scout.com . Two-year starter on the defensive line . Helped lead team to a 9-4 record in 2011 and posted 51 tackles, 12 sacks and 6.5 tackles for losses . Also had five quarterback pressures, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one safety . Recorded 61 tackles, including 15 for losses and four sacks, as a junior . Coached by Kenny Perry . Son of Lisa and Jessie Rogers . Born July 1, 1994.
Cornerback, 5-11, 180
Lehigh Acres, Fla. (Lehigh)
Pronounced muh-LEEK . Played quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety for Lehigh High School . Considered the No. 40 cornerback prospect in the country by Scout.com and the No. 57 cornerback by Rivals.com . Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 85 athlete in the nation . Scored 12 touchdowns - seven rushing and five passing - as a junior . Coached by Peter Fominaya . Also competes on the track team and plays basketball . Son of Saundra and Andre Simmons . Born Dec. 29, 1993.
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 200
Macclenny, Fla. (Baker)
Played a variety of positions for Baker County High School in Glen Saint Mary, Fla., including wide receiver, running back and quarterback on offense and safety, cornerback and linebacker on defense . Helped lead Baker County to a 7-3 mark his senior season . Made 60 receptions for 1,085 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior to become the school's all-time leading receiver . Earned second-team all-state honors . Caught 24 passes for 524 yards and four touchdowns as a junior . Also ran track . Son of Kendrick Singleton and Joyce Farmer . Born Oct. 13, 1993.
Linebacker, 6-2, 210
Buford, Ga. (Buford)
Pronounced STOB . Listed by ESPN.com as the No. 43 inside linebacker prospect in the nation . Considered the No. 8 fullback prospect in the country by Scout.com . As a senior, Buford went 14-1 and advanced to the state finals before falling to Calhoun . Buford had won four consecutive state championships . Son of Kayanne and Eddie Staub . Coached by Jess Simpson . Born May 21, 1993.
Quarterback, 6-2, 200
Greensboro, N.C. (Page)
Rivals.com lists him as the No. 8 dual-threat quarterback in the country . Considered the ninth-best prospect overall in North Carolina by Rivals.com . PrepStar All-Atlantic Region . Ranked the No. 23 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep . Described by SuperPrep as "undeniably the best senior quarterback in the state" and "is the ideal player to run a spread attack" . Completed 93 of 188 pass attempts for 1,506 yards and 20 touchdowns to lead Page to a perfect 15-0 season and the state 4-AA championship . Also ran for 1,631 yards on 185 rushing attempts and scored 22 times . Had 247 total yards of offense in the state finals . Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team . Amassed 2,890 total yards of offense and accounted for 37 touchdowns as a junior . Completed 102 of 207 attempts for 1,623 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1,267 yards and 16 touchdowns . Son of Tonia Davis and George Carter (stepdad) . Born June 12, 1994.
Defensive End, 6-3, 235
Springdale, Md. (Flowers)
Played defensive end and tight end at C.H. Flowers High School . Posted 109 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior and helped lead his team to the state playoffs . Also had 15 catches for 372 yards and six touchdowns . Played in the Crab Bowl state all-star game . Considered the No. 32 player in Maryland by MDHigh.com . Earned all-county honors and was a second-team all-metro performer . Selected second-team all-state . Coached by Mike Mayo . Son of Mo Taylor and Tina Tillman . Born March 24, 1993.
Defensive End, 6-4, 240
McDonough, Ga. (Eagle's Landing Christian)
Named Class A first-team all-state after posting 109 tackles, 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles as a senior . Also played tight end on offense and had 10 catches, including one for touchdown . Eagle's Landing Christian Academy went 12-2 in his senior season, and advanced to the semifinals of the Class A playoffs . Played every position in the front seven . Named the region's defensive player of the year . Rated one of the top 100 players in Georgia by SuperPrep . Also played basketball . Coached by Jonathan Gess . Son of Dennis and Linda Thomason . Born May 19, 1994.
Wide Receiver, 6-1, 180
Kannapolis, N.C. (A.L. Brown)
Ranked the No. 35 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep . ESPN.com ranks him as the No. 100 athlete in the nation . Played running back in Brown's spread offense . Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl team . Played quarterback, wide receiver and safety . Returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to start his senior season . Rushed for 992 yards on 85 carries despite missing four games with a knee injury . Also had 17 receptions for 291 yards and completed two passes for touchdowns . Coached by Mike Newsome . Son of Bryant and Judy Foster . Born Damien Shamar Washington on Jan. 6, 1994.
Linebacker, 6-3, 210
Durham, N.C. (Jordan)
Considered the No. 50 safety prospect in the country by Scout.com . Among the top 100 outside linebacker prospects in the nation by ESPN.com . PrepStar All-Atlantic Region . Registered 162 tackles as a senior, which ranks near the top of the national charts . Also forced 10 fumbles . Ranked the No 27 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep . Began his career as a defensive back, but moved to linebacker as a senior . Earned all-conference as a defensive back and was named all-area by the Durham Herald-Sun . Was an all-districk wide receiver as a sophomore . Coached by Mike Briggs . Also participated in basketball and track . Son of Linda and Tim Williamson . Born Phillip Jamal Williamson on Oct. 21, 1993.