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Defensive Back Patrice Rene Commits to UNC

In a true chain reaction, Patrice Rene became a Tar Heel commitment. Rene officially visited UNC over the weekend, Charlton Warren visited Rene’s parents in Ottawa on Monday, Rene withdrew his Rutgers commitment on Tuesday morning, and now he has pledged to the Tar Heels. Rene, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound cornerback from Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal, foreshadowed the switch from Rutgers to UNC. (Inside Carolina)

UNC adds "physical" defensive back, Patrice Rene

New North Carolina defensive back commit Patrice Rene is exactly what UNC and Coach Warren are looking for in the secondary: Long, physical, talented, and smart. Ranked as the No. 40 cornerback and No. 11 prospect in Virginia, Rene completes UNC's desire for a safety for the 2016 class. Listed as a corner, the Tar Heels like Rene for the safety spot. He is a legit built 6-2, 190-pounds. (Carolina Blue)

UNC building a beast of a defensive backfield

There is a clear trend with the defensive backs that UNC assistant coach Charlton Warren and the defensive staff have recruited to North Carolina for the 2016 class. Physical, long, and imposing. Currently, North Carolina has six defensive backs committed for the 2016 class. Two of those have already signed and enrolled. UNC is looking to add another cornerback commit for this cycle. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Football heads North to recruit in Canada

Following 2016 defensive back Patrice Rene's (Alexandria, VA/Episcopal) official visit to UNC this past weekend, UNC secondary coach Charlton Warren is heading to Ottawa, Canada on Monday to have an in-home visit with Rene's parents. Rene is from Ottawa, but goes to school in Alexandria, Va. The 6-2, 190-pound versatile defensive back, is currently committed to Rutgers. (Carolina Blue)

Safety Javontay Smith parts ways with UNC

2016 safety Javontay Smith (Columbus, Ga./Carver) has parted ways from North Carolina, per a source, as first-reported by 247Sports.com. Smith originally verbally committed to North Carolina in January of 2015. Smith officially visited Chapel Hill this weekend. He's one of the top defensive backs in Georgia in the 2016 recruiting class. (Carolina Blue)

2016 safety D.J. Ford commits to UNC

According to a CarolinaBlue source, 2016 safety D.J. Ford committed to North Carolina Sunday morning. He was on an official visit to UNC this weekend. Ford is a 6-3, 195-pound recruit from Alabama. A physical safety, Ford was dominant in run support and coverage for Clay Central High School this season. Ford expects to enroll at UNC in June. (247 Sports)

Chazz Surratt earns national honors

MaxPreps announced Thursday it has named East Lincoln quarterback Chazz Surratt its national small schools player of the year, giving the future Tar Heel a full circle of local-, state- and national-level awards. Surratt has already been named the Gatorade N.C. Football Player of the Year, and was voted the state’s offensive player of the year by the Associated Press. (Lincoln Times-News)

Preview: UNC Football's Official Visit Weekend

North Carolina will host over 20 commits and targets in the most important recruiting weekend for the 2016 class. While there are not many (if any) players expected to de-commit, this weekend is a time for players and their families to reaffirm their decision. With signing day less than three weeks away, it is critical for UNC to hold on to their current pledges. (Carolina Blue)

Rutgers 4-star safety commit visiting UNC this weekend

Patrice Rene, a four-star safety from Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.), is Rutgers' top-rated commit, as he pledged to the Scarlet Knights in August of 2015. However, according to a source with knowledge of the events, Rene will take an official visit to UNC this coming weekend as Rutgers tries to hold onto his commitment with National Signing Day approaching. (NJ.com)

Four-star LB Keith Simms expected at UNC for official visit this weekend

With two linebackers already enrolled and two more verbally committed, North Carolina will look to add another piece to their 2016 recruiting class in the form of 247Sports Composite four-star linebacker Keith Simms. CarolinaBlue confirmed early on Monday morning that the 6-3, 220-pound outside linebacker from Maryland is "expected" to take an official visit to UNC this weekend. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Jordon Brown's senior season highlights

2015 season highlights of UNC commitment and Southern Durham High School (Durham, NC) running back Jordon Brown. View Video...

East Lincoln's Chazz Surratt won't enroll at UNC early, hopes to play basketball for Mustangs

East Lincoln High’s Chazz Surratt is still prepared to sign a football scholarship to play quarterback at the University of North Carolina next month. But instead of graduating from East Lincoln early and enrolling at UNC on Friday in order to go through spring football practice, Surratt will remain in high school and hopes to return to the court and help the unbeaten Mustangs win a state title. (Gaston Gazette)

What UNC is getting in 2017 WR J.T. Cauthen

When class of 2017 prospect J.T. Cauthen committed to UNC on Tuesday, the Tar Heels added their second wide receiver and third four-star commit for the 2017 class. But what is UNC getting in the 6-2, 210-pound wide receiver? "He is extremely strong," one source told CarolinaBlue on Tuesday. The best comparison might be to former Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. (Carolina Blue)

Junior Four-Star WR J.T. Cauthen Commits to UNC

Class of 2017 wide receiver J.T. Cauthen committed to North Carolina on Tuesday. Cauthen, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 34 overall receiver in the class. Cauthen picked the Tar Heels over offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Penn State, South Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan, N.C. State, and Duke, among others. (Carolina Blue)

Half brothers Jayvaughn Myers, Nate Craig-Myers enjoy opportunity to play together again

Jayvaughn Myers of Pasco and Nate Craig-Myers of Tampa Catholic are half brothers. They have an opportunity to play on the same team in Saturday's Under Armour All-America Game. They haven't played on the same team since their sophomore year at Pasco. After that season, Craig-Myers transferred to Tampa Catholic. (Tampa Bay Times)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Jake Lawler2017 WDE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tre' Shaw2017 CB
Brian Anderson2017 OG
Michael Carter2017 RB
J.T. Cauthen2017 WR
Jeremiah Gemmel2017 OLB
Traivon Leonard2017 CB
Marcus McKethan2017 OT
Jordon Riley2017 DT

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