CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina ended up with a strong recruiting class on national signing day even as it awaits the results of an NCAA investigation into the football program.
The Tar Heels pulled off a surprise addition by landing five-star defensive lineman Delvon Simmons to headline a 25-player class that ranked in the top 20 nationally according to Scout.com. That was also enough to give the Tar Heels one of the top incoming classes in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a strong showing for a program that still doesn't know if it will face NCAA sanctions connected to agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct.
Coach Butch Davis says there was "considerably more" negative recruiting by other schools, which he called "very disappointing."
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