UNC picks up Hillside teammates

North Carolina picked up its first two commitments for the 2013 class by landing teammates Khris Francis and Korrin Wiggins from nearby Hillside High School in Durham, N.C.

“They actually committed to coach [Larry] Fedora right before the [Duke] game,” Hillside coach Antonio King said. “We talked about it before they went and have a lot since UNC has offered. It’s a great opportunity because you have great athletics and academics at North Carolina. Both like the fact that’s UNC is close to home. They are both about 15 minutes away. So they are not scared about going to school there and feel pretty comfortable already with the new coaching staff.”

King said the Tar Heels are getting a complete back in the 5-foot-9, 190-pound Francis.

“Khris is a great running back,” King said. “He’s really good between the tackles and can get around the perimeter. Khris can catch out of the backfield. He’s the type of back that gets stronger as the game goes on. He makes big plays and big runs for us late in the game. His conditioning is super and Khris is very durable.”

Wiggins is a versatile secondary talent.

“Korrin is a multitalented safety that can play nickel,” King said. “I have been here a long time and he’s one of the smartest I have ever had. He understands the game and schemes. He’s big enough (6-1 and 185 pouds) to play either position. He’s terrific in coverage and plays well in run support. He can play free or strong. When we play a run team, I have him at strong safety. When we play a passing team, I have him at free safety. He’s that versatile.”

North Carolina was the first to offer the duo. Teams like NC State, Ohio State, Maryland, Syracuse, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina were recruiting one or both of them.