North Carolina added a late addition to the 2013 class with the signing of offensive lineman Will Dancy. On Tuesday, Larry Fedora announced the signing of Dancy, who plans to enroll in the second session of summer school. After playing a season at Eastern Arizona Junior College last year, Dancy will have three years of eligibility remaining in addition to a redshirt year.
“We’re pleased to welcome Will to our program,” Fedora said in a press release. “He’s a native of North Carolina and is eager to compete for playing time this fall. Coach (Chris) Kapilovic did a good job recruiting him back to his home state and we think he’s versatile enough to play a variety of interior positions on the offensive line.”
That versatility that Fedora alluded to is one of the biggest assets that Dancy will bring to the Tar Heels. He should come in ready and able to compete for playing time at the guard and center positions.
Currently, junior center Russell Bodine is the only returning full-time starter from those three positions with the loss of top-10 NFL draft pick Jonathan Cooper and seventh-round pick Travis Bond. Redshirt freshman Caleb Peterson and sophomore Landon Turner – who started the last four games of last year – are the expected starters at left and right guard, respectively.
J.J. Patterson, T.J. Leifheit, David Collins and incoming freshman Brad Henson provide depth at guard, while Jarrod James and incoming freshman Lucas Crowley provide depth at center. With the backups having little game experience, Dancy has an opportunity to play early if he performs well in practice. Dancy's two years of experience playing football after high school should benefit him, particularly as an offensive lineman, where the discrepancy between high school and collegiate strength typically is great.
Dancy graduated from Southern Alamance High School in Graham, N.C., in 2011. Though an NCAA academic qualifier coming out of high school, he only had a couple Division II offers. He sought better offers, so he went to Hargrave Military Academy. After Hargrave, Dancy spent the spring at Iowa Western before attending Eastern Arizona Junior College. He signed with Memphis in December, but he never enrolled and requested a release from his letter-of-intent earlier this month.
During a visit to UNC on Friday, Dancy met with offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic and Fedora. After receiving an offer from Fedora, Dancy left the meeting committed to the Tar Heels.