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Commitment Breakdown: James Pierre

You have to love a dog in the back end of the defense that plays with passion and competitiveness, and that's exactly what James Pierre will provide Gene Chizik's defense at UNC. The Broward County native is always eager to jump to the front of the line and test himself against the best of the best, and he has that chip on his shoulder that defensive coordinators love to see from their defensive backs. (Scout.com)

UNC wins one against SEC

Anytime a football team in North Carolina can win a recruiting battle against a Southeastern Conference team, it's a significant achievement. When it's an in-state player who first made a verbal commitment to an SEC school, that's an even bigger deal. Such was the case for the North Carolina Tar Heels last Thursday when Wilmington tight end Garrett Walston flipped his pledge from Georgia to UNC. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC's 2016 football recruiting class coming together

With two flips in six days, UNC has now landed 19 recruits for the 2016 recruiting class. More impressive is the fact that the Tar Heels were able to flip highly targeted tight end Garrett Walston from Georgia of the SEC and James Pierre, a South Florida prospect, from the Miami Hurricanes. Walston provides UNC with a big pass-catching option, something UNC needs given the height of their wide receiver commits in this class. (Carolina Blue)

Miami Commit James Pierre Flips to UNC

For the second straight week, UNC has flipped a commitment. James Pierre switched his commitment from Miami to UNC on Tuesday, he confirmed to Inside Carolina. The 6-2 safety from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High camped in Chapel Hill over the summer. He chose Miami back in May over offers from Wisconsin, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Cincinnati and Bowling Green. (Inside Carolina)

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)

Top UNC Football Recruits
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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