As the new football season awaits, several first-years are ready to make some noise.
Head coach Mack Brown and the North Carolina football team welcomed 33 first-years this season. According to 247Sports, the Tar Heels' incoming first-year class ranks No. 11 in the country and first in the ACC.
Here are a few of UNC's new players who are set to make an immediate impact this fall.
The Lynchburg, Va. native comes in as the Tar Heels' top recruit in the 2022 class and the top offensive tackle in his state. The six-foot-five-inch, 320-pound tackle was named Virginia’s Gatorade Player of the Year and MaxPreps Virginia Player of the Year.
In high school, Rice was a two-way player, playing offensive tackle and defensive tackle. In his final two seasons for Liberty Christian Academy, Rice did not allow a sack, and accumulated 219 pancake blocks as a senior.
Rice uses his strength to create gaps within the offense and has the ability to block downfield. A true next-level player, Rice has tremendous upside and was recently named to On3's Preseason Freshmen All-America list.
A Greensboro native and 6-foot-6-inch defensive lineman, Shaw comes to Chapel Hill as the top player from the state of North Carolina.