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2016 ATH Korey Banks Commits to UNC

Although he didn’t pull the trigger on either of his planned dates, Korey Banks has verbally committed to North Carolina. Banks, a 6-foot, 165-pound athlete from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek, selected UNC over fellow finalists Arizona, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin. Initially, Banks considered making a verbal commitment on either of the past two Saturdays. (Inside Carolina)

2016 WR Roscoe Johnson recaps UNC visit, commitment

Class of 2016 wide receiver Roscoe Johnson (Union, SC/Union County) took his fourth visit to UNC on Tuesday. He was offered Wednesday morning and committed on the spot. CarolinaBlue spoke with Johnson on Wednesday to get a breakdown of his visit and commitment. "I felt it was a good fit," Johnson said. "I really like how Coach Brewer and Coach Fedora coach. They have some really good receivers this year." (Carolina Blue)

UNC OL commit Jay Jay McCargo looking to improve, build relationships

Jay Jay McCargo, an offensive tackle from Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, is the ninth-rated prospect in the state of Virginia and the 35th-best offensive lineman in the class of 2016, according to the 247Sports Composite ranking. The 6-4, 290-pound lineman held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Michigan and Miami (FL), among others, and is one of the highest-rated commitments so far in North Carolina’s 2016 class. (Carolina Blue)

2016 WR Roscoe Johnson commits to UNC

Wide receiver Roscoe Johnson (Union, S.C./County) picked up an offer from North Carolina and committed Wednesday morning. Johnson visited UNC Tuesday and spent the night. "I hung out with the wide receivers and they showed me around," Johnson said. "I like how the staff there cares more about you as a person than just a player." He also had offers from Appalachian State, Elon, NC Central, Charleston Southern and Middle Tennessee State. (Carolina Blue)

Former UNC TE Commit Avery Edwards Joins Terps

Maryland has added former North Carolina tight end commit Avery Edwards, who was charged with felony larceny for stealing more than $50,000 of jewelry, according to authorities, in June 2014. The Terps looked at him two years ago when he was in high school, but the Raleigh, N.C., native committed to his state school instead. Edwards never played for the Tar Heels, though, after he was arrested. The charges have since been dismissed. (Baltimore Sun)

2016 Football Recruiting: UNC's five most important targets

With 12 recruits committed, the attention turns to some of UNC's remaining big time targets. While big fish like five-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence and four-star linebacker Keion Joyner remain out there and highly desired by the Tar Heels, other prospects could be more critical to "making" the class. CarolinaBlue breaks down UNC's top five most important targets for the 2016 class: (Carolina Blue)

UNC's 2016 Football Class: Fullfilling needs

Friday's commitment of tight end Noah Turner brought UNC's pledge total to 12. A string of defensive commitments in June along with two Georgia prospects pulling the trigger at the Freak Show and a late June quarterback flip from Duke, helped UNC gain momentum heading into the current July dead period. With many positions full or close to being full, let's examine what needs and spots remain for UNC's 2016 class along potential targets for each position. (Carolina Blue)

UNC in Top 3 for 5-Star LB Keion Joyner

July 4 was filled with celebrations, with the sky lighting up with a firework displays, but several college coaches had a different celebration on its hands; they made the top three for one of the nation's premier linebackers in North Carolina's Keion Joyner. The 6-3, 230-pound prospect listed LSU, Florida State and North Carolina, as the three schools on the top of his board, but he noted in his tweet that the list is subject to change. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Noah Turner: "I fell in love with it"

It only took one visit for class of 2016 tight end Noah Turner (Mundelein, IL/Carmel Catholic) to fall in love with UNC and know it was the place for him. He took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on March 24th and was offered by the Tar Heels the same day. "I knew from the day I went there it was the place," Turner told CarolinaBlue via text on Friday afternoon. "I fell in love with it. They wanted me just as bad as I wanted them." (Carolina Blue)

TE Noah Turner Commits to UNC

Fireworks went off early in Chapel Hill when UNC landed the Illinois tight end. Not wanting to wait until his late July visit, Noah Turner committed to North Carolina on Friday. UNC is one of 18 schools to have offered Turner, 6-foot-3, 237-pound tight end from Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel. Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, NC State, Purdue, and Wake Forest are some of the other notable programs to have offered. (Inside Carolina)

Q&A With UNC DB Commit Javontay Smith

The recruiting process is never over. Carver defensive back Javontay Smith knows that. Despite committing to North Carolina last November, college coaches from a number of different schools are still making aggressive runs at the 6-foot-2 senior. Last Thursday when he spoke to the Ledger-Enquirer, however, Smith was wearing a pale blue shirt, like those worn by the Tar Heels, and he said that’s the color he’s still loyal to. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Tommy Hatton in-depth Q&A Part 3

What do you do for fun besides football? Tommy Hatton: "I just clown around, to be honest. Off the football field I like to make people laugh. I go fishing, bowling, play pool. I’m easygoing. I hang out with a lot of different people. We just try to stay low-key and stay out of trouble because we have a lot to lose and a lot of people around here don’t really know what that means. We try to do our own thing and have fun." (Carolina Blue)

QB Chazz Surratt flip might signal NCAA issues over for UNC football

A single verbal commitment late last week could have a pivotal impact on the Tar Heels moving forward. The decision by East Lincoln High School quarterback Chazz Surratt to back off a previous pledge to Duke in favor of UNC may be a sign the cloud created by a nearly five-year long NCAA probe may be clearing. Surratt's change-of-heart was big news based on his talent alone. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is the state's best dual-sport athlete. (Fayetteville Observer)

2016 TE Garrett Walston Commits to Georgia

New Hanover three-star tight end Garrett Walston committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over North Carolina. It wasn’t anything elaborate. He didn’t trumpet his choice from his Twitter account. There was no press conference at his local high school. It all went as planned. Just a simple phone call to the coaches who were recruiting him at each school. New Hanover offensive coordinator Darryl Raynor confirmed Walston’s choice with the AJC on Tuesday afternoon. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Tommy Hatton in-depth Q&A Part 2

When did you first start playing football and what was your favorite position to play? Tommy Hatton: "I started playing football when I was really young. I think it was second or third grade. I’ve played offensive line my whole life. I was a chubby little kid. I really didn’t love football, to be honest. In 7th grade I was going to hang up the cleats for good and just wrestle. I was a big-time wrestler." (Carolina Blue)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Kyree Campbell2016 DE
Chazz Surratt2016 QB
J.T. Cauthen2017 WR
Ryan Jones2017 WR
Jake Lawler2017 DE
Adarius Lemons2017 RB
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tyler Smith2017 WR
Jordon Brown2016 RB
Logan Byrd2016 QB

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