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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)

N.C. boasts the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit in both football, basketball

A couple of new national recruiting lists came out this week, and two N.C. high school stars landed at the top. Rivals ranks Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence the nation’s top high school football player. ESPN has Harry Giles of High Point Wesleyan’s nationally ranked basketball team as the nation’s top recruit in basketball. (Charlotte Observer)

Tommy Hatton's Blog: The Opening

Future Tar Heel Tommy Hatton, an offensive lineman from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, is filing regular blog entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June. In entry No. 3, Hatton reflects on his MVP-winning experience at the nation's most prestigious high school combine: The Opening. (Inside Carolina)

Virginia linebacker Jaquan Yulee commits to Alabama

Alabama picked up a big out-of-state commitment on Monday night when Chesapeake, Va., linebacker Jaquan Yulee announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide at his high school. The 6-foot, 252-pound Yulee is a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 126 overall player, No. 6 inside linebacker and No. 4 prospect in the state of Virginia. (AL.com)

2016 RB Jordon Brown: Versatile, explosive playmaker

Listed as the 247Sports Composite No. 9 all-purpose back in the 2016 class, Jordon Brown truly exemplifies the position as an all-purpose offensive talent. Either lined up in the backfield as a tradition running back or catching the ball in the flat, Brown has "big play" potential every time he touches the ball. (Carolina Blue)

Video: QB Jawon Pass Talks Final Five

Columbus (Ga.) Carver quarterback Jawon Pass has set mid-July for when he'll announce his decision. The four-star quarterback said that Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia Tech were the schools he's still considering and he talked about all five schools, participating in the Elite 11 Semifinals and more. (Scout.com)

Tar Heels Offer TE Thaddeus Moss, Son of Randy Moss

North Carolina has offered 2016 tight end Thaddeus Moss (Charlotte, NC/Victory Christian Center School), per the prospects personal twitter account. Moss, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect is the son of former NFL great Randy Moss. The Charlotte native, Moss claims 25 offers including Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, West Virginia, UCLA, Duke, Nebraska, and N.C. State, among others. (Carolina Blue)

Already a Morehead scholar, Hillside LB Keith Beasley joining Tar Heels

It's like Hillside senior Keith Beasley is a student-athlete's student-athlete. A coach is preaching to the choir if he’s sermonizing Beasley about hitting the books. That guy's so smart that he's going to play football for the North Carolina Tar Heels and have his education paid for with a scholarship. Uh — ahem! — it's a Morehead-Cain scholarship. Beasley is one of 59 students from all over the world who will enter UNC this fall with a Morehead-Cain Scholarship. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Rivals.com names 2016 DT Dexter Lawrence top player in nation

Rivals.com released its new player rankings for the Class of 2016 on Monday and Wake Forest High School defensive end Dexter Lawrence is at the top. The very top. Lawrence, a 6-foot-5 and 290-pound defensive end, is now the No. 1 player in the country from the Class of 2016. (High School OT)

Les Miles’ son, Manny, commits to walk-on for UNC Football

Manny Miles, the former U-High quarterback and the son of LSU coach Les Miles, has committed to play football as a preferred walk-on at North Carolina. It’s unclear if Miles will play baseball, too. Manny, a two-sport athlete at U-High, had discussed the possibility of walking on at LSU for football and baseball, but he’s decided to leave Baton Rouge for a spot with the Tar Heels. (Baton Rouge Advocate)

5 Schools to Watch as 5-Star Dexter Lawrence II Continues His Recruiting Process

If proximity is an important piece of the puzzle, look for North Carolina to be a contender. Lawrence said he hears a lot from defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. Defensive line coach Tray Scott also keeps in contact with Lawrence. Since November, Lawrence has taken a couple of trips to Chapel Hill, the latest occurring in March. Chapel Hill is roughly 40 miles from Wake Forest, which means his family would have a quick drive westward to see him play in home games. (Bleacher Report)

Tar Heels target recruits for defensive secondary

Issues in the secondary have plagued UNC's defense for two consecutive years, so it's no surprise the Tar Heels have been on the trail of a large number of defensive backs in the 2016 recruiting cycle. I've counted nearly 20 high school safety or cornerback prospects who have stated publicly they've been offered scholarships by UNC. The sheer number of offers is an indication the secondary is a focus of new coordinator Gene Chizik. One of those offers was accepted last weekend by Greg Ross from Potomoc High in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC football commitment Greg Ross: "(UNC) is my dream school"

Class of 2016 defensive back Gregory Ross (Oxon Hill, MD/Potomac) committed to UNC on Saturday afternoon during a visit to North Carolina with his parents and coaches. The 6-foot, 165-pound, 247Sports Composite three-star is the fifth commit for UNC in the 2016 cycle. (Carolina Blue)

5-star defensive tackle recruit Dexter Lawrence likes 17 schools

Out of Wake Forest (NC), defensive tackle recruit Dexter Lawrence is an athletic freak. At the Charlotte (NC) Nike Opening Regional, Lawrence measured in at 6'4.5, 335 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds. That big of a man moving at that speed looks out of place in a high school camp setting. After his performance, Lawrence was invited to the Nike Opening Finals, to be held later this summer in Beaverton, Oregon. (SB Nation)

2016 DB Greg Ross Commits To UNC

It wasn't long after arriving on UNC's campus with his family and coaches for Saturday's visit that Greg Ross committed to North Carolina. Sources confirm the 5-11, 170 defensive back from Oxen Hill (Md.) Potomac gave Larry Fedora the verbal commitment in the early afternoon. Ross had trimmed his list to UNC, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and West Virginia. (Inside Carolina)

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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