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North Carolina enjoys big week in football recruiting

The focus on restocking defensive talent as UNC moves from the 4-2-5 to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Gene Chizik was evident in this recent run of commitments. Four of the five pledges to the Tar Heels came from defenders: 6-6, 221-pound defensive end Nolan DeFranco from Winter Garden, Florida; 6-3, 232-pound defensive end Tomon Fox of Suwanee, Georgia; 6-3, 206-pound outside linebacker Tyrone Hopper from Roswell, Georgia, and 6-3, 198-pound outside linebacker Dominique Ross from Jacksonville, Florida. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Football Commitment Dominique Ross Continues Jacksonville, FL Link

The nation's No. 47-ranked outside linebacker attends Trinity Christian in Jacksonville so he will join the likes of William Sweet and Andre Smith as young Jacksonville players in the program when he moves up to Chapel Hill next year, assuming his commitment holds. There are good reasons to believe that commitment will hold. One of those reasons is his relationship with Smith, a freshman linebacker at UNC this year who attended Trinity Christian until recently (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Breaking down the UNC commitment of 2016 LB Tyrone Hopper

Linebacker was a positional need for the Tar Heels today. NC State picked up a commitment from offered linebacker Garrett Hooker today, but UNC one-upped the Pack, so to speak, by taking Hopper, a higher-ranked, longer and more athletic player. But aside from what it means head-to-head, with rivalries, or perception, there's a real impact on the '16 class. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC's Freak Show: hype, excitement, and talent

The Freak Show is special. It's at night, in Kenan Stadium, with different jerseys, a different feel, more competition, and more energy. Its an invitation-only affair that brings together the top talent in the region. Players drove 11 hours from a Friday Notre Dame camp, six hours from Georgia, and even flew in from Texas. Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee were also all represented. Saturday lived up to the hype. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Land DL Tomon Fox

North Carolina secured a coveted edge rusher during the Freak Show on Saturday night. Tomon Fox, a 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, made his verbal commitment during the event, sources confirm. “They said they want me as a premiere pass rusher,” Fox said. “That’s perfectly fine with me – that’s what I expected myself to be at the next level.” (Inside Carolina)

OL Luke Elder Commits to UNC

North Carolina’s head start with Luke Elder paid off on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from LaGrange (Ga.) High committed to the Tar Heels during the Freak Show, sources have confirmed. “They were the first to really show a lot of interest, as far as big-time schools – I always liked that about them,” Elder said last month. Elder attended two UNC victories (San Diego State and Pittsburgh) last season and then returned in late January for a junior day. (Inside Carolina)

Freak Show Preview

Saturday night is the most important UNC recruiting event of the 2016 cycle. With over 60 top recruits from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 class in attendance, it is the best collection of elite talent in the region. Among the prospects in attendance will be five UNC commits and some top targets that could be announcing soon. Some uncommitted names to watch include: 2016 OT Luke Elder, 2016 TE Garrett Walston, 2016 LB Jonathan Smith, 2016 DB Myles Dorn, and 2016 LB Keion Joyner. (Carolina Blue)

Uncommitted 4-Star QB Jawon Pass on Competition: 'I'm Not Afraid'

Columbus, Georgia, 4-star quarterback Jawon Pass isn't the type of guy who will blatantly call out anyone he respects—particularly the quarterbacks he already knew and the ones he got to know and admire over the weekend at the Elite 11 semifinals on the USC campus. (Bleacher Report)

5-star LB Keion Joyner to visit UNC Saturday

Keion Joyner, the nation's 20th-ranked prospect, is taking his time with the recruiting process. The North Carolina outside linebacker gave Scout the latest. ”I’m really just taking my time and getting ready for the season,” said Joyner. “The main schools I’ve been in contact are North Carolina, Florida State and LSU, but I’m still keeping my options open.” As for upcoming visits, Joyner will head to North Carolina this Saturday. (Scout.com)

Florida DE Nolan DeFranco commits to UNC

After visiting a string of schools -- including UNC on Saturday - and considering more than 20 offers, Nolan DeFranco picked Carolina over Virginia and Vanderbilt. The Tar Heel defensive staff projects the 6-foot-6, 225-pound standout from Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange DeFranco to play “power” defensive end within their 4-3 defensive scheme. DeFranco called his visit last week phenomenal, (Inside Carolina)

Beast of the Hill Preview

North Carolina moved up its "Beast of the Hill" 7-on-7 team camp this summer. The change has paid dividends in the quality and diversity of the teams competing in the event. Schools representing five different states -- all in UNC's primary recruiting footprint -- will partake in the eighth edition of the camp. Each of the seven prior editions of the "Beast of the Hill" were held in mid-July. However, the 2015 version will take place on Thursday. (Inside Carolina)

LB Dominique Ross Commits to UNC

Dominique Ross, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound linebacker, picked Carolina over his final list of Miami, UCLA, and Virginia Tech after a visit to Chapel Hill on Monday. Former Trinity Christian star and now Tar Heel freshman Andre Smith gave Ross a preview of what to expect. “He told me it’s a special place,” Ross said. “He told me I’d like it – and when I got there, I did.” (Inside Carolina)

Tyrone Hopper: "It just felt like home"

Class of 2016 outside linebacker Tyrone Hopper (Roswell, GA) became UNC's sixth commitment of the 2016 class when he pledged to the Tar Heels shortly after Monday's camp. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect spoke with CarolinaBlue on Monday evening. "I've been up here twice and it just felt like home to me," Hopper explain. "I got to see the campus today with all the coaches. I got to sit down with Coach Fedora and he was explaining to me how he wants me to be a Tar Heel." (Carolina Blue)

LB Tyrone Hopper commits to UNC

Tyrone Hopper informed Inside Carolina that he verbally committed to North Carolina prior to ending his camp visit on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound linebacker from Roswell (Ga.) selected UNC over scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. A Shelby, N.C. native, Hopper moved to Georgia when he was eight years old. (Inside Carolina)

2016 LB Jonathan Smith Names Top Six

Jonathan Smith’s is entering the homestretch of his recruitment and six schools have separated themselves. ”My top schools in no order are Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech,” said the 6-foot, 229-pound Smith. “Other schools still have a chance, but those are the schools I’m focused on right now. North Carolina and Georgia Tech are recruiting me the hardest." (Scout.com)

Top UNC Football Recruits
Kyree Campbell2016 DE
Chazz Surratt2016 QB
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tyler Smith2017 WR
Korey Banks2016 ATH
Jordon Brown2016 RB
Logan Byrd2016 QB
Nolan DeFranco2016 DE
Marlon Dunlap2016 DT
Luke Elder2016 OT

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