Last year, the North Carolina football team boasted the No. 11 ranked recruiting class in the country — this year, it's a different story.
Ranked 30th nationally by 247Sports, UNC signed 20 recruits, including six 4-stars. While most first-years may not have an immediate impact on the team, here's a look at the most highly-touted prospects.
Ranked the 18th-best wide receiver in the nation and the highest-rated prospect of UNC’s 2023 recruiting class, Culliver slots himself into a crowded receiver room. He totaled 3,617 yards and 52 TDs at Maiden High School, earning the conference's Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors as a senior.
The 6-foot-1 pass catcher specializes in using his larger frame to get off the line and catch the ball in traffic, averaging over 20 yards per reception in his final two high school seasons. Culliver, currently ranked fourth on the depth chart in terms of X-receivers, will add valuable depth to the wideout corps.
The Cary, N.C. native made a name for himself at Panther Creek High School by pressuring opposing quarterbacks. Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 220 pounds, Thompson uses his slim frame to be quick off the line and get around opposing offensive linemen.
The two-time all-state selection and 4-star recruit was the 31st ranked edge in the nation according to 247Sports. He will be one of six jack position players on the team — a new role that defensive coordinator Gene Chizik added to his defense last season. Thompson's job will be to rush and wreak havoc on opposing signal callers every snap he plays.