After the recent recruiting dead period came to a close, it looked as though North Carolina - with 20 players already committed or signed in their 2014 recruiting class - was going to shift focus to 2015. While this may be the case on a more macro level, there was still some business to take care of prior to the Heels putting a bow on their incoming class. This weekend they did just that.
Devin Perry - a three-star wide receiver from Memphis (Tenn.) - took his official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend. On the final day of his visit, Perry committed to North Carolina.
With tight end Eric Ebron departing for the NFL and wide receiver Sean Tapley graduating out of the program, the Heels will be looking for a new set of guys to step up in 2014. Obviously, you'd expect guys like Quinshad Davis, Ryan Switzer, and Bug Howard (already playmakers in 2013) to have even larger roles next season. However, a guy like Perry could come in and give them additional depth, starting day one.
Perry, who stands 6-2 and weighs 190-pounds - is rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 92 WR in the 2014 class, and as the No. 13 overall player in the state of Tennessee. Rivals.com, on the other hand, has him pegged as the No. 66 receiver, and the No. 10 player in Tennessee.
This summer, Perry was one of the standouts at Fedora's Freak Show - UNC's one-night prospect camp. Perry, according to Adam Powell of Tar Heel Illustrated, "blazed the turf of Kenan Stadium with a pair of 40-yard dash times of 4.47 and 4.45 seconds, the fastest 40 times of the entire star-studded event."
He also posted a broad jump of nine feet, six inches at the event.
Athletically, Perry is obviously very gifted. He was able to put these skills on display during his senior season for Memphis (Tenn.) University School. While playing in the state's toughest league, Perry hauled in 51 passes for 1,100 yards and ten touchdowns, according to Inside Carolina.
A second-generation coach-player connection helped the Heels land the lanky WR. Gunter Brewer led in Perry's recruitment to UNC. Billy Brewer, Gunter's father, coached Perry's father, Mario (a tight end, who was drafted in 1987 by the then-Los Angeles Raiders), at Ole Miss.
Here's Perry in action, catching a 40-yard touchdown pass last fall. If you'd like to see more of the newest Tar Heel in action, check out his Hudl page.