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June 8, 2012Friday marks the start of the first UNC football camps under the watch of Larry Fedora and his staff, and the Tar Heel coaches will welcome many of its top prospects in the 2013, 2014, and 2015 classes to Chapel Hill in the coming days.
Friday and Saturday kicks off the camp season with a two-day camp, starting with practices at approximately 10:00 am on the UNC practice fields.
There will be three workouts on Friday and two additional workouts Saturday, concluding in the afternoon.
Starting Sunday and running through the following Thursday, the Tar Heel coaches will host a series of one-day camps, with workouts running from approximately 9:00 until the early afternoon.
Wednesday is the program's Specialist Camp, where several kickers and punters will make their way to UNC, and after the last one-day camp on Thursday, the Tar Heels will again host a two-day camp on Friday and Saturday a week from now.
Over this period of time, the UNC coaches are going to get ample opportunity to evaluate several prospects.
They'll also welcome several others who may not work out on campus.
Although they may not work out and we don't know the specific days, we fully expect prospects like Marquez North, Tyrone Crowder, Keeon Johnson, Peter Kalambayi, Dane Rogers, and Johnathan Alston---all in-state rising seniors with firm UNC offers---to make their way to Chapel Hill at some point over the next eight days.
In addition, we expect several of the UNC commitments, including R.J. Prince, Brian Walker, Desmond Lawrence, Jordan Fieulleteau, Ryan Switzer, to pay a visit at some point throughout the week.
A source close to the UNC coaching staff confirmed Friday morning that Switzer is expected on campus through the weekend. This is Switzers' mother's first opportunity to check out Chapel Hill, so she'll be spending time touring the campus and learning more about her son's future college home.
It's not assured that Switzer will work out at camp, but given his competitive nature, the UNC staff isn't ruling it out.
We haven't confirmed that Durham Hillside teammates and UNC commits Khris Francis and Korrin Wiggins are coming, but we wouldn't be surprised to see them as well given their close proximity.
We do expect Francis and Wiggins to make return appearances later this summer at UNC's Beast of the Hill 7-on-7 camp in late July.
Other out-of-state UNC prospects with offers that are expected in the coming days include defensive lineman Jaylen Miller of Gaffney (S.C.), offensive linemen Na'Ty Rodgers of Maryland and Alan Knott of Georgia, along with Shaun McGee, another Georgia native.
Miller is a significant need for the Tar Heels and has long been a priority at defensive tackle. In a year that UNC is looking to sign two interior defensive linemen, he's a guy way up on the Tar Heel recruiting board.
Rodgers had a strong showing at last year's UNC summer camp, where he first got on the Tar Heel radar. He's got a long list of suitors and UNC may have trouble keeping him on the East Coast, but getting him back to Chapel Hill is a good place to start.
Knott is becoming more and more of a priority for the Tar Heels as they look to sign a 'true' center in the Class of 2013.
McGee has burst onto the scene as a top target for Carolina at 'Bandit,' the hybrid defensive end/linebacker post. The Tar Heel staff likes its chances with McGee, who has relatives in North Carolina and seems receptive to UNC's interest in him.
Another intriguing out-of-state UNC prospect with a scholarship offer that is expected over the weekend is Dajaun Drennon of Sicklerville (N.J.). The 6-3, 230-pound Drennon is the No. 23 weak-side defensive end nationally according to the Rivals.com rankings.
A source close to the situation tells us that Drennon is precisely the type of speedy edge rusher that UNC is looking for, and the Tar Heel staff is hopeful to impress him this weekend with the playing time they can offer.
Now that Mitch Trubisky received his firm offer from the Tar Heels and has accepted to become UNC's Class of 2013 quarterback, there's a strong likelihood that he will not be at camp this week.
That means that offensive coordinator Blake Anderson will focus on the younger prospects on hand, including Davidson (N.C.)'s Will Grier, who is coming off earning a scholarship offer from Wake Forest this past weekend in Winston-Salem.
This is also going to be a tremendously important week for several Class of 2013 prospects without firm scholarship offers from UNC to come to camp and impress the Tar Heel staff.
Some of those prospects on the UNC radar who are camping looking to gain an offer includes defensive lineman Jajuan Dulaney of Powder Springs (Ga.), wide receiver Jorian Jordan of Matthews (N.C.), defensive tackles Demetri McGill of Virginia Beach (Va.) and Mike Myers of Goose Creek (S.C.).
In addition to these names, there will surely be many others who will make their mark at camp and earn their way on the UNC radar. There will likely be other top prospects we don't currently know about who visit Chapel Hill as well.
Commitments are often a part of camp season at UNC, as well as new scholarship offers. It's going to be an active week where new players enter the picture, and some other prospects who were in the picture suddenly aren't anymore.
Needless to say, it's going to be a busy week of camp activity in Chapel Hill, and Tar Heel Illustrated will be there every step of the way with live updates, photographs, recruiting scoop, and interviews with key prospects once they've left the UNC campus.