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Future Diamond Heel: Adam Pate

Adam Pate is a 5-foot-9, 175-pound outfielder at Pikeville (N.C.) Charles B. Aycock High School. He is ranked the No. 500 recruit nationally and No. 12 in North Carolina by Perfect Game. Pate plays for the Dirtbags travel squad during the summer and fall. Pate was initially contacted by North Carolina at the end of August 2010 following his appearance in the futures game in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)

Future Diamond Heel: Tyler Ramirez

Tyler Ramirez is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound outfielder from Corolla, N.C. He is ranked in the top-1000 recruits in the country by Perfect Game. Ramirez plays for Virginia Beach (Va.) Cape Henry Collegiate as well as the Tidewater Orioles scout team. North Carolina first contacted Ramirez last fall during his junior year. Just a few days after Thanksgiving Ramirez visited Chapel Hill. The trip confirmed what he already thought about the UNC baseball program. (Inside Carolina)

Future Diamond Heel: Matt Orth

Bio: Orth is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound pitcher and first baseman for High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford. Orth is ranked the No. 11 player in North Carolina and No. 496 player nationally in the class of 2013 by Perfect Game. During the summer, Orth plays for the Golden Spikes travel team. Recruitment: Orth was first contacted by North Carolina in the summer of 2010. (Inside Carolina)

Future Diamond Heel: Adrian Chacon

Adrian Chacon is a 6-0, 195-pound catcher from Tampa, Fla. He is ranked No. 19 in Florida and No. 102 in the nation by Perfect Game in the class of 2013. Chacon plays for Jesuit High School as well as the FTB Mizuno travel squad with fellow UNC commitment Spencer Trayner. UNC became aware of Chacon in the summer of 2010, which is when the Tar Heel coaching staff first contacted Trayner. (Inside Carolina)

Future Diamond Heel: Spencer Trayner

Spencer Trayner is a 6-0, 165-pound pitcher and shortstop from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit High School. He is ranked as the No. 12 prospect in Florida and the No. 81 player in the country by Perfect Game. Trayner plays for the FTB Mizuno travel squad. North Carolina first contacted Trayner the summer in between his freshman and sophomore year. However, the Tar Heels were not alone in seeking Trayner’s services. (Inside Carolina)

Class of 2013 pitcher A.J. Bogucki commits to North Carolina

A.J. Bogucki’s stock has been elevating all summer. That upward trend continued Thursday, when the Boyertown rising senior pitcher — and The Mercury’s 2012 Player of the Year — verbally committed to the University of North Carolina. (The Mercury)

Western North Carolina baseball stars Zack Gahagan, Braxton Davidson commit to UNC

Two rising juniors from Western North Carolina with dreams draped in Carolina blue made them a reality Monday. North Henderson’s Zack Gahagan and Roberson’s Braxton Davidson said they have committed to play college baseball for North Carolina. “I’m speechless,” Gahagan said. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

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)

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