Video: Nolan DeFranco's senior season highlights2015 season highlights of UNC commitment and West Orange High School (Winter Garden, FL) defensive end Nolan DeFranco.
WR Nate Craig-Myers lists UNC in top threeAs the recruiting season heats up, the North Carolina Tar Heels received some good news on Wednesday. Four-star wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers trimmed his list down to three teams and the Tar Heels made the cut. Along with UNC, Craig-Myers listed Auburn and Ole Miss in his three, giving the Tar Heels some major SEC competition to land the recruit. (Keeping It Heel)
Fedora, Scott go in-home with DE Allen CaterUNC head coach Larry Fedora and and defensive line coach Tray Scott made an in-home visit to see 2016 defensive end Allen Cater (Kennesaw, GA/Mount Paran Christian School) on Wednesday night. Cater is a 6-5, 245-pound recruit from Georgia. He was at UNC last weekend for an official visit. This is the second visit from Coach Scott to Cater's home in a week. (Carolina Blue)
UNC stocking up on linebacker talent in 2016 recruiting classThe Tar Heels have addressed needs at linebacker very well in the 2016 class, and still have a big fish or two out there who could add to an impressive group. The four man linebacker class includes a pair of early enrollees -- junior college outside linebacker J.B. Copeland and inside linebacker Jonathan Smith. The prospect with the highest ceiling might well be Tyrone Hopper out of Roswell, Georgia. (ESPN.com)
Defensive Back Patrice Rene Commits to UNCIn 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 ReneNew 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 backfieldThere 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 CanadaFollowing 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 UNC2016 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 UNCAccording 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 honorsMaxPreps 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 WeekendNorth 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 weekendPatrice 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 weekendWith 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 highlights2015 season highlights of UNC commitment and Southern Durham High School (Durham, NC) running back Jordon Brown.