North Carolina recruiting: New commit Lancine Turay discusses decision, expectations

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Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we discuss 3-star defensive end Lancine Turay, the Tar Heels’ newest commit.

North Carolina’s woeful season came to an end Saturday with the Tar Heels’ ninth and final loss of 2017 coming to in-state rival North Carolina State.

This season marks the first time in Larry Fedora’s coaching career that he didn’t finish with at least six wins and just the second time that he didn’t lead his team to a bowl game. Since this difficult season began, North Carolina has also had several losses on the recruiting trail, including 4-star linebacker Payton Wilson and 4-star quarterback Tyler Shough, two of the marquee prospects in Fedora’s Class of 2018 coming into the season.

Understandably, it’s been difficult to put a positive spin on things, but Fedora has done his best to keep things from completely unraveling. There was the big win on the recruiting trail earlier this month when the Tar Heels picked up both 3-star running back Devon Lawrence and 3-star defensive end Nick Fulwider within the span of a couple days.

Fedora and his staff also kicked off the offseason on a positive note with 3-star defensive end Lancine Turay from Irvington, N.J. announcing his commitment to North Carolina on Sunday.

The commitment leaves the Tar Heels’ 2018 class flush with defensive line talent — Turay, Fulwider and 3-star defensive end Chris Collins. Although Turay is the lowest rated of the three by the 247Sports composite rankings, coming in as the No. 66 strong-side defensive end in the class, he brings some solid upside to the Tar Heels future plans.

“[Turay] brings length, size, athleticism, and work ethic to UNC,” Turay’s coach at Irvington High School, Ashley Pierre, told Rivals’ Jarrod Hardy. “His ceiling is high and he hasn’t even scratched the surface yet; he will bring something special to the Tar Heel Nation and he will be a good player in the years to come.”

It’s certainly possible that North Carolina relies on Turay’s impressive 6-foot-6, 240-pound build to help fill in other needs in the class such as outside linebacker (though Pierre told Hardy that the plan is for North Carolina to use him as a defensive lineman.)

That probably helped North Carolina land Turay, who indicated to both Rivals and Scout that defensive line coach Deke Adams played a crucial role in enticing him to Chapel Hill.

“I loved the facility and the honesty given to me by the coaches,” Turay told Hardy. “Coach (Deke) Adams has the credentials I saw that let me know, he could better me as a person and player.”

Turay’s recruitment also represents a win for the Tar Heels against the Wolfpack, something that hasn’t happened a lot of late. N.C. State and Rutgers were the more competitive schools when it came down to decision time for Turay.

As for his next stop, Turay seems optimistic, telling Hardy that North Carolina has “potential to compete with the best of them” going forward.

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