North Carolina is holding on to a top-20 recruiting class with just a few weeks to go before the early signing period.

The Tar Heels have recruited at an impressive level under Mack Brown. And while they may be taking a small step backwards this cycle, UNC is still building a talented class in 2023.

The group is largely built on defensive talent — something UNC has lacked throughout Brown’s tenure. Four of the top-five ranked prospects in this class play on the defensive side of the ball, including a pair of EDGE rushers in Jaybron Harvey and Rico Walker.

Offensively, the group is led by 4-star receivers Christian Hamilton and Chris Culliver. The Tar Heels also have a commitment from in-state quarterback Tad Hudson. However, all other offensive commitments in this class are 3-star prospects, per 247Sports Composite ratings.

Overall, UNC has 20 commitments in this class through mid-October. The group ranks No. 20 nationally, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.

Here’s a breakdown of North Carolina’s recruiting class so far:

Top 3 offensive recruits

4-star WR Christian Hamilton | Harrisburg, North Carolina | No. 244 overall

4-star WR Chris Culliver | Maiden, North Carolina | No. 314 overall

4-star QB Tad Hudson | Cornelius, North Carolina | No. 374 overall

Top 3 defensive recruits

4-star EDGE Jaybron Harvey | Durham, North Carolina | No. 197 overall

4-star EDGE Rico Walker | Hickory, North Carolina | No. 207 overall

4-star DL Joel Starlings | Richmond, Virginia | No. 307 overall

Star rankings breakdown

5-star recruits: 0

4-star recruits: 8

3-star recruits: 12

Position-by-position breakdown

QB: 1

RB: 0

WR: 3

TE: 1

OL: 3

DL: 5

LB: 3

DB: 4

State-by-state breakdown

North Carolina: 6

Georgia: 6

Virginia: 6

Oklahoma: 1

South Carolina: 1