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2017 DE Jonathon MacCollister Likes UNC's Improved Defense

Not long ago, Jonathon MacCollister was interested in North Carolina, but being mainly a defensive player, UNC's performances in 2014 weren't exactly selling points to highly regarded recruits. But five games into this season, and that's changing for many prospects, including MacCollister. Gene Chizik and a new defensive staff and the obvious improvements the unit has made are resonating on the trail. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC football staff deploys chopper, watch Dorn and Dunlap

The UNC football staff's visit to Charlotte culminated with a helicopter trip to West Charlotte High School where the Lions were taking on Vance High School. Two of UNC's top remaining targets were on the field. Marlon Dunlap, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive tackle, plays for the Lions while Myles Dorn, a 6-foot-2 defensive back and wide receiver, plays for Vance. Both are 2016 recruits. (Carolina Blue)

Why Garrett Walston is so important

Where to start? Class of 2016 prospect Garrett Walston (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover) provides North Carolina with a talented and polished, pass-catching tight end. Essentially, the Tar Heels are getting a jumbo wide receiver with solid speed, great athleticism, ideal size, and incredible hands. More importantly, UNC is getting a no-frills football player who has a love and the instincts for the game that you rarely see anymore. (Carolina Blue)

Garrett Walston Explains Flip To UNC

Three star tight end Garrett Walston had been committed to Georgia since June, but that came to an end on Thursday night as the 6-foot-4, 223-pound prospect flipped his commitment to North Carolina. "I think the biggest thing was just being closer to my family," Walston said. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

2016 DL Marlon Dunlap remains humble despite recruiting blitz

West Charlotte defensive lineman Marlon Dunlap has multiple Division I scholarship offers and was named to the N.C. Shrine Bowl team this week. He’s so good North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora plans to load up a helicopter with Tar Heels staff and land on West Charlotte’s campus Friday night before the Lions’ homecoming game against Vance, sources confirmed. “He may be the best at his position in the area,” Vance coach Aaron Brand said of Dunlap, a tackle. (Charlotte Observer)

Four-Star TE Garrett Walston Flips to UNC

Garrett Walston will continue his football career in state after all. The four-star tight end switched his commitment to UNC from Georgia on Thursday, according to Inside Carolina sources. Walston, a 6-foot-4 standout from Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover ranked the No. 15 tight end in the nation by Scout.com, originally selected Georgia on June 30 over in-state programs UNC and NC State. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC WR Commit Roscoe Johnson Midseason Highlights

Mid-season senior highlights of 2016 North Carolina wide receiver commit Roscoe Johnson (Union, SC, Union County). View Video...

UNC RB Commit Jordon Brown senior highlights

Class of 2016 all-purpose back Jordon Brown is showing why the Tar Heel staff coveted the 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect over many other in-state backs. Brown's ability to make defenders miss combined with breakaway speed gives him a nasty combination. Brown committed to UNC on Aug. 14th. He picked the Heels over Wake Forest and South Carolina. (Carolina Blue)

Logan Byrd Game Videos

With many THI subscribers asking questions and even expressing concern about some of the struggles experienced by 4-Star QB commit Logan Byrd, THI publisher Andrew Jones and photographer Bruce Young decided to go see Byrd play in person last week as part of their trip to cover Saturday's UNC-Georgia Tech game. This full package of content about Byrd is to give those who were wondering an opportunity to see, hear and read for themselves. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

2017 DE DeMarco Artis Elated By UNC Offer

It's no secret that some of the best football talent in the country comes from the state of Florida. One name on the rise from the Sunshine State is Class of 2017 defensive end DeMarco Artis out of Seminole High School in Sanford. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Artis has drawn offers from Florida Atlantic, Kentucky and North Carolina thus far. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

DT Dexter Lawrence, the nation's 6th-ranked prospect, is taking several visits

Dexter Lawrence is entering the homestretch of his recruitment. The five-star defensive tackle gave Scout the latest. “I’m pretty much still open,” Lawrence said. “No one is standing out to me right now. I’ve only taken one official – to Florida – and I plan on taking four more. Right now, I think I’ll go to Clemson (Nov. 7), Ohio State and USC. I’m probably going to take unofficial visits to North Carolina and NC State before the end of the season.” (Scout.com)

Keion Joyner no longer member of Havelock High football team

Havelock High linebacker Keion Joyner is no longer a member of the football team. Havelock coach Jim Bob Bryant confirmed late Monday that senior was no longer on the team. He did not elaborate. Joyner entered the 2015 season as one of the most highly-recruited players in the state. He held numerous offers from high-profile colleges and reportedly had narrowed his choices to a handful, including North Carolina, Louisiana State and Florida State as his favorites. (Havelock News)

UNC Commits RB Jordon Brown, LB Jonathan Smith, QB Chazz Surratt Named to Shrine Bowl

All three of North Carolina's in-state verbal commitments -- Jordon Brown, Jonathan Smith, and Chazz Surratt -- were selected to represent the Tar Heel State in this year's Shrine Bowl. Additionally, UNC targets Marlon Dunlap and Dexter Lawrence were also selected to the team. The Shrine Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 19 at 1pm in Spartanburg, S.C. (Inside Carolina)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

UNC RB commit Jordon Brown rushed for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading Durham Jordan to a 42-13 win over Northern Vance. UNC QB commit Chazz Surratt ran for 190 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. He also completed 11-of-17 passes for 134 yards and two more touchdowns as his East Lincoln team beat Lincolnton, 40-21. See how other UNC Football recruits fared in the Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Sidelined, TE Noah Turner looks ahead to bright future

Carmel will play the rest of the season without Noah Turner, the 6-foot-3, 238-pound senior tight end and University of North Carolina commit, who has a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his left foot. He said he is scheduled to have surgery this Tuesday. A pin will be inserted in his foot, and he's expected to be in a cast and on crutches for six weeks. Turner said he talked to North Carolina's coaches, who've been supportive. (The Daily Herald)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Ryan Jones2017 ATH
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

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