North Carolina meets needs

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Kendall Rogers        
Published: Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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No. 9 North Carolina

Recruiting coordinator: Scott Jackson
Number of signees: 18
Highest ranked prospect: LHP Matthew Smoral (#3 nationally)
Prospects in the PG Top 50: 4
Prospects in the PG Top 100: 4
Prospects in the PG Top 500: 16
Number of pitchers: 8
Number of position players: 10
PG All-Americans: Matthew Smoral, Taylore Cherry, Skye Bolt, Kayden Porter
Conference class rank: #3 (ACC)


North Carolina associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Scott Forbes is always one step ahead of the game in his continuous quest to make sure the Tar Heels remain one of the nation’s premier programs.

Forbes spearheaded a recruiting class last year that was ranked fifth in the country. Now, after a season in which the Tar Heels made yet another College World Series appearance, the talented assistant has assembled the nation’s No. 9 recruiting class.

The impressive 18-member 2012 class is rather balanced, comprised of eight very talented pitchers and 10 athletic position players.

“The old adage is you always feel like you met your needs, but you don’t truly know what you have until your first spring season,” Forbes said. “I feel like we have a very good core group of guys from top-to-bottom. All of them have a chance to be very good at the collegiate level and beyond.”

Though the Tar Heels are excited about the pitchers they assembled in this recruiting class, they’re most excited about the position players given the fact they’ll expect many of them to make immediate impacts.

Perhaps lightning will strike twice for the Tar Heels. Last season, freshman Colin Moran put together an amazing first campaign and earned All-American honors. All that even more impressive when you consider Moran only was ranked as one of the nation’s top-500 prospects out of high school, far from elite status.



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