Jan 12, 2011
North Carolina welcomed five new football players to the Tar Heel program Monday.
Quarterback Marquise Williams, wide receiver T.J. Thorpe, offensive lineman Landon Turner, running back Travis Riley, and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams are all in Chapel Hill for the spring semester.
Williams, a dual-threat quarterback out of Charlotte, was one of the most sought after signal-callers in the nation. Listed as the number 10 dual-threat QB in the country according to Rivals.com and the number 12 overall quarterback by Scout.com, Williams threw for 3,034 yards and 45 touchdowns his senior season.
Thorpe, Turner, and Riley all graduated early from high school in order to start their careers in Chapel Hill a semester early, while Sylvester Williams comes to North Carolina by way of Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
Rivals.com lists Thorpe as the 14th best athlete in the nation, Turner the 13th best offensive tackle, and Riley the 37th best running back.
Williams, who only played one season of high school football before walking on to the team at Coffeyville, earned honorable-mention All-America honors this season and received a high three-star rating from the site. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
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