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No. 1 high school football recruit Dexter Lawrence has plenty of college options

A popular song goes, “It’s hard to be humble when you’re better than all of the rest.” Not so for Wake Forest star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. “I’ve always been kind of a laid back guy,” Lawrence explained. “So being humble is not anything new it’s just harder now because of the recruiting thing.” (WNCN)

Chazz Surratt: Always a Tar Heel

On Friday news broke that class of 2016 dual-threat quarterback Chazz Surratt (Denver, NC/East Lincoln) was flipping his commitment from Duke to UNC. CarolinaBlue spoke with the Tar Heel commit shortly after he made the decision. "They (UNC coaching staff) told me the football team won't be touched by the allegations. I always grew up a Tar Heel. I talked with Roy Williams last night and if I want to play basketball I have a preferred walk-on spot at Carolina." (Carolina Blue)

2016 QB Chazz Surratt decommits from Duke, flips to UNC

Chazz Surratt was a Blue Devil. Now he's going to be a Tar Heel. “Yep, (he decommitted) just a few minutes ago,” Brandi Surratt said. “He’s committing to UNC.” The 6-2 quarterback led Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln to a 16-0 record and passed for 4338 yards and 51 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 1,239 yards and 22 touchdowns. Surratt committed to Duke on April 21 over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia among others. (Inside Carolina)

2016 DT Christian Colon commits to Penn State

Before Tuesday, Penn State had no defensive tackle commitments in its class of 2016. Now, it has two. Charlotte, N.C., Independence three-star defensive tackle Christian Colon verbally committed to the Lions Thursday night, picking head coach James Franklin's program over Pittsburgh, Maryland, UCLA, Syracuse, and North Carolina, among others. (PennLive.com)

Scouting UNC Football Commitment Luke Elder

Luke Elder was on commitment watch going into Friday night's Freak Show and the LaGrange, Ga., offensive lineman did not disappoint. Elder's history of visiting Chapel Hill, his positive comments about the Tar Heels in the past, and recent speculation all had him frequently mentioned as a potential commitment, and sooner rather than later. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

North Carolina enjoys big week in football recruiting

The focus on restocking defensive talent as UNC moves from the 4-2-5 to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Gene Chizik was evident in this recent run of commitments. Four of the five pledges to the Tar Heels came from defenders: 6-6, 221-pound defensive end Nolan DeFranco from Winter Garden, Florida; 6-3, 232-pound defensive end Tomon Fox of Suwanee, Georgia; 6-3, 206-pound outside linebacker Tyrone Hopper from Roswell, Georgia, and 6-3, 198-pound outside linebacker Dominique Ross from Jacksonville, Florida. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Football Commitment Dominique Ross Continues Jacksonville, FL Link

The nation's No. 47-ranked outside linebacker attends Trinity Christian in Jacksonville so he will join the likes of William Sweet and Andre Smith as young Jacksonville players in the program when he moves up to Chapel Hill next year, assuming his commitment holds. There are good reasons to believe that commitment will hold. One of those reasons is his relationship with Smith, a freshman linebacker at UNC this year who attended Trinity Christian until recently (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Breaking down the UNC commitment of 2016 LB Tyrone Hopper

Linebacker was a positional need for the Tar Heels today. NC State picked up a commitment from offered linebacker Garrett Hooker today, but UNC one-upped the Pack, so to speak, by taking Hopper, a higher-ranked, longer and more athletic player. But aside from what it means head-to-head, with rivalries, or perception, there's a real impact on the '16 class. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC's Freak Show: hype, excitement, and talent

The Freak Show is special. It's at night, in Kenan Stadium, with different jerseys, a different feel, more competition, and more energy. Its an invitation-only affair that brings together the top talent in the region. Players drove 11 hours from a Friday Notre Dame camp, six hours from Georgia, and even flew in from Texas. Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Tennessee were also all represented. Saturday lived up to the hype. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Land DL Tomon Fox

North Carolina secured a coveted edge rusher during the Freak Show on Saturday night. Tomon Fox, a 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, made his verbal commitment during the event, sources confirm. “They said they want me as a premiere pass rusher,” Fox said. “That’s perfectly fine with me – that’s what I expected myself to be at the next level.” (Inside Carolina)

OL Luke Elder Commits to UNC

North Carolina’s head start with Luke Elder paid off on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman from LaGrange (Ga.) High committed to the Tar Heels during the Freak Show, sources have confirmed. “They were the first to really show a lot of interest, as far as big-time schools – I always liked that about them,” Elder said last month. Elder attended two UNC victories (San Diego State and Pittsburgh) last season and then returned in late January for a junior day. (Inside Carolina)

Freak Show Preview

Saturday night is the most important UNC recruiting event of the 2016 cycle. With over 60 top recruits from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 class in attendance, it is the best collection of elite talent in the region. Among the prospects in attendance will be five UNC commits and some top targets that could be announcing soon. Some uncommitted names to watch include: 2016 OT Luke Elder, 2016 TE Garrett Walston, 2016 LB Jonathan Smith, 2016 DB Myles Dorn, and 2016 LB Keion Joyner. (Carolina Blue)

Uncommitted 4-Star QB Jawon Pass on Competition: 'I'm Not Afraid'

Columbus, Georgia, 4-star quarterback Jawon Pass isn't the type of guy who will blatantly call out anyone he respects—particularly the quarterbacks he already knew and the ones he got to know and admire over the weekend at the Elite 11 semifinals on the USC campus. (Bleacher Report)

5-star LB Keion Joyner to visit UNC Saturday

Keion Joyner, the nation's 20th-ranked prospect, is taking his time with the recruiting process. The North Carolina outside linebacker gave Scout the latest. ”I’m really just taking my time and getting ready for the season,” said Joyner. “The main schools I’ve been in contact are North Carolina, Florida State and LSU, but I’m still keeping my options open.” As for upcoming visits, Joyner will head to North Carolina this Saturday. (Scout.com)

Florida DE Nolan DeFranco commits to UNC

After visiting a string of schools -- including UNC on Saturday - and considering more than 20 offers, Nolan DeFranco picked Carolina over Virginia and Vanderbilt. The Tar Heel defensive staff projects the 6-foot-6, 225-pound standout from Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange DeFranco to play “power” defensive end within their 4-3 defensive scheme. DeFranco called his visit last week phenomenal, (Inside Carolina)

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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