Five new North Carolina football players got a head start on their college careers on Monday.
Marquise Williams, T.J. Thorpe, Landon Turner, Travis Riley and Sylvester Williams enrolled a semester early for the Tar Heels. Williams, Thorpe, Turner and Riley are freshmen. Sylvester Williams is a junior-college transfer.
Williams, a quarterback from Charlotte, is the prize of the class. He threw for more than 3,000 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior at Mallard Creek and rushed for more than 1,000 and 19 touchdowns. Scout.com ranks him as the 12th-best quarterback prospect in the country.
Thorpe, a receiver from Durham Jordan, is considered one of the best athletes in the country and caught 55 passes for 950 yards as a senior.
Turner, from Harrisonburg, Va., is one of the country's top offensive line prospects. The guard played in the US Army All-American Bowl.
Riley rushed for 1,924 yards at Kannapolis Brown High School as a junior then injured his knee as a senior.
Sylvester Williams had two sacks and five blocked kicks at Coffeyville Community College and adds depth to a depleted defensive line.