On Wednesday afternoon, North Carolina football head coach Larry Fedora walked up to the podium in Kenan Memorial Stadium’s press conference room and asked the assembled media a question: “So, what do y’all want to talk about?”
The answer, of course, was obvious. Wednesday marked national signing day, the final day for members of the class of 2018 to decide where they will be playing football in the fall. For college football coaches, as well as fans, it’s one of the biggest days of the year. For UNC, signing day 2018 provided more fireworks than it had in years.
The team finished with the No. 23 ranked class in the country, the top class of Fedora's tenure. Here’s a look at the seven new Tar Heels that signed.
At about 7 a.m., Matthew Flint became the first player to put pen to paper for UNC on national signing day. The 6-1, 213-pound linebacker has been enrolled at the school since January, but he made things official on Wednesday. Flint, a native of Gurley, Ala., comes in as the No. 16 outside linebacker in Alabama and No. 36 in the nation for the position, according to 247Sports. With the departure of junior linebacker Andre Smith for the NFL draft, Flint could certainly get the chance to step up and prove himself capable of a starting job early in his UNC career.
The second signing of the day was Joshua Ezeudu, who was announced shortly after Flint. Ezeudu is a 6-5, 305-pound offensive lineman hailing from Lawrenceville, Ga. Ezedu is the 80th-ranked offensive tackle in the country.