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UNC baseball commit Kayden Porter wasn't drafted,and no one seems to know why

He was supposed to be a can't miss prospect, the kind of athlete who Major League Baseball teams would happily shell out a blockbuster signing bonus on. He committed to play at North Carolina, one of the nation's top collegiate programs, but that has rarely kept pro teams from taking a chance on a player anyway. Yet somehow, Spanish Forks (Utah) High superstar Kayden Porter went completely undrafted, saving him the anguish of having to decide between playing in college or the minor leagues. (Yahoo! Sports)

UNC baseball commit Kayden Porter came up big for his high school team

Kayden Porter is a big dude. The Spanish Fork junior stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 253 pounds. And during the 2011 high school baseball season, Porter put up colossal offensive numbers that were comparable to his massive frame. (Deseret News)

ACC Recruiting Links, June 15

The North Carolina basketball team is at the top of ESPN's 2012-2013 recruiting rankings. Here’s a look at the D.C. Assault — the AAU team UNC recruit Nate Britt plays for. In this notebook, Roy Williams talks about his approach with one-and-done players, and there’s also a health update on incoming point guard Marcus Paige. Here’s a look at the future of some UNC baseball signees who were taken in the MLB draft. (ACC Sports Journal)

No limits for UNC baseball commit Skye Bolt

Holy Innocents’ (Atlanta) star center fielder Skye Bolt thinks his name is the biggest reason people remember him. That is kind of true. Who could forget a name like Skye Bolt? “I love the name and appreciate it,” said Bolt, who got his name because his dad wanted him to have a name that ‘popped’. (ESPN.com)

MLB draftee Skye Bolt to attend UNC

The Washington Nationals drafted Holy Innocents’ graduate Skye Bolt in the 26th Round, but he won’t be there anytime soon. His father Mike Bolt called it a good faith gesture. “It was their way of saying, ‘We will follow you in North Carolina. Remember us," Mike Bolt said. Skye Bolt was in talks with Major League Baseball teams over the last few days but finally decided to follow through with scholarship plans at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. (Patch.com)

UNC Atop Early 2013 Basketball Recruiting Class Rankings

Roy Williams is off to a great start with his 2013 recruiting class. The Tar Heels current sit atop the rankings, but Marquette and Kansas aren't too far behind. 1 North Carolina: Isaiah Hicks (9), Nate Britt (22) (Scout.com)

Infielder Landon Lassiter drafted, likely to attend UNC

Infielder Landon Lassiter of North Davidson was selected Wednesday in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, but indications are he will instead head to North Carolina, coach Mike Meadows of North Davidson said. Lassiter has signed to play baseball at UNC. Tommy Coyle, a starting infielder for UNC, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays one pick ahead of Lassiter, and Meadows said Lassiter apparently has a good chance of landing a starting role in the Tar Heels' middle infield. (Winston-Salem Journal)

UNC Signee Matt Smoral Drafted On Day One Of MLB Draft

UNC baseball signee Matt Smoral was selected in the supplemental round of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Monday. Smoral was tabbed 50th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays during Monday night's portion of the MLB Draft. Smoral is a power left-hander with a power slider and is ranked as one of the top left-handed pitchers in the country. Ranked the No. 3 player in the country by Perfect Game and No. 6 overall in the 2012 class by Baseball America. (Tar Heel Blue)

NCAA, MLB In Serious Discussions To Fund Additional Baseball Scholarships

For years, the prospect of increasing college baseball's 11.7 scholarship limit has seemed like a pipe dream. Certainly, colleges and universities aren't going to start funding extra baseball scholarships anytime soon, but suddenly there is real momentum behind the notion that Major League Baseball might step in and pay for additional college baseball scholarships. (Baseball America)

Tar Heel Baseball Signee Found Dead

A high school senior who had signed to play baseball for the UNC Tar Heels was found dead this weekend at his home. Kevin Wise, Jr. was a standout player at Southern Wayne High School and had recently been awarded a four-year scholarship to play at Chapel Hill. Major Tom Effler with the Wayne County Sheriff's Office says Wise's mother went to wake him up for baseball practice on Saturday morning and found him unresponsive. (WITN)

Baseball Signee Profile: Matt Smoral

Matt Smoral is a 6-8, 225-pound left handed pitcher from Solon, Ohio. Smoral is ranked No. 4 in the 2012 Perfect Game national rankings and the top left handed pitching prospect in the country. He was honored by being selected for the Perfect Game All American Game. In addition to starring for Solon High, Smoral has competed with the Midland Redskins/Royals Scout teams. (Inside Carolina)

Baseball Signee Profile: Trent Thornton

Trent Thornton is a 6-0, 165-pound right handed pitcher and outfielder that hails from Charlotte, N.C. He is ranked No. 385 in the nation in the 2012 class and No. 12 in the state by Perfect Game while being the No. 10-rated player in N.C. by Impact Baseball. Thornton stars at Ardrey Kell High School for Coach Hal Bagwell and competed last summer with the South Charlotte Panthers. (Inside Carolina)

Baseball Signee Profile: Zack Mozingo

Zack Mozingo is a 6-0, 190-pound right handed pitcher who hails from LaGrange, N.C. and stars for Goldsboro (N.C.) Eastern Wayne High School on the mound. Perfect Game has him listed in the top 1,000 prospects for the 2012 draft class while Impact Baseball ranks him the No. 19 prospect in North Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Baseball Signee Profile: Korey Dunbar

Korey Dunbar is a 6-1, 210-pound right-handed catcher from Charleston, West Virginia who stars for Nitro High School. He is ranked by Perfect Game as the top prospect in the state and top 500 nationally in the 2012 prep class. He earned all-state honors as a junior, batting .533 with 11 home runs and 43 RBI. (Inside Carolina)

Baseball Signee Profile: Landon Lassiter

Inside Carolina profiles UNC's 2012 baseball recruiting class. Today the spotlight is on Landon Lassiter. Lassiter is a 6-1, 175-pound right handed shortstop from High Point, North Carolina who plays for Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson High School. He is ranked No. 268 nationally in the 2012 class by Perfect Game and is listed as the 6th best prospect in North Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

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