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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)

Beast of the Hill Preview

North Carolina moved up its "Beast of the Hill" 7-on-7 team camp this summer. The change has paid dividends in the quality and diversity of the teams competing in the event. Schools representing five different states -- all in UNC's primary recruiting footprint -- will partake in the eighth edition of the camp. Each of the seven prior editions of the "Beast of the Hill" were held in mid-July. However, the 2015 version will take place on Thursday. (Inside Carolina)

LB Dominique Ross Commits to UNC

Dominique Ross, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound linebacker, picked Carolina over his final list of Miami, UCLA, and Virginia Tech after a visit to Chapel Hill on Monday. Former Trinity Christian star and now Tar Heel freshman Andre Smith gave Ross a preview of what to expect. “He told me it’s a special place,” Ross said. “He told me I’d like it – and when I got there, I did.” (Inside Carolina)

Tyrone Hopper: "It just felt like home"

Class of 2016 outside linebacker Tyrone Hopper (Roswell, GA) became UNC's sixth commitment of the 2016 class when he pledged to the Tar Heels shortly after Monday's camp. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect spoke with CarolinaBlue on Monday evening. "I've been up here twice and it just felt like home to me," Hopper explain. "I got to see the campus today with all the coaches. I got to sit down with Coach Fedora and he was explaining to me how he wants me to be a Tar Heel." (Carolina Blue)

LB Tyrone Hopper commits to UNC

Tyrone Hopper informed Inside Carolina that he verbally committed to North Carolina prior to ending his camp visit on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound linebacker from Roswell (Ga.) selected UNC over scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. A Shelby, N.C. native, Hopper moved to Georgia when he was eight years old. (Inside Carolina)

2016 LB Jonathan Smith Names Top Six

Jonathan Smith’s is entering the homestretch of his recruitment and six schools have separated themselves. ”My top schools in no order are Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech,” said the 6-foot, 229-pound Smith. “Other schools still have a chance, but those are the schools I’m focused on right now. North Carolina and Georgia Tech are recruiting me the hardest." (Scout.com)

N.C. boasts the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit in both football, basketball

A couple of new national recruiting lists came out this week, and two N.C. high school stars landed at the top. Rivals ranks Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence the nation’s top high school football player. ESPN has Harry Giles of High Point Wesleyan’s nationally ranked basketball team as the nation’s top recruit in basketball. (Charlotte Observer)

Tommy Hatton's Blog: The Opening

Future Tar Heel Tommy Hatton, an offensive lineman from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, is filing regular blog entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June. In entry No. 3, Hatton reflects on his MVP-winning experience at the nation's most prestigious high school combine: The Opening. (Inside Carolina)

Virginia linebacker Jaquan Yulee commits to Alabama

Alabama picked up a big out-of-state commitment on Monday night when Chesapeake, Va., linebacker Jaquan Yulee announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide at his high school. The 6-foot, 252-pound Yulee is a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 126 overall player, No. 6 inside linebacker and No. 4 prospect in the state of Virginia. (AL.com)

2016 RB Jordon Brown: Versatile, explosive playmaker

Listed as the 247Sports Composite No. 9 all-purpose back in the 2016 class, Jordon Brown truly exemplifies the position as an all-purpose offensive talent. Either lined up in the backfield as a tradition running back or catching the ball in the flat, Brown has "big play" potential every time he touches the ball. (Carolina Blue)

Video: QB Jawon Pass Talks Final Five

Columbus (Ga.) Carver quarterback Jawon Pass has set mid-July for when he'll announce his decision. The four-star quarterback said that Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia Tech were the schools he's still considering and he talked about all five schools, participating in the Elite 11 Semifinals and more. (Scout.com)

Tar Heels Offer TE Thaddeus Moss, Son of Randy Moss

North Carolina has offered 2016 tight end Thaddeus Moss (Charlotte, NC/Victory Christian Center School), per the prospects personal twitter account. Moss, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect is the son of former NFL great Randy Moss. The Charlotte native, Moss claims 25 offers including Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, West Virginia, UCLA, Duke, Nebraska, and N.C. State, among others. (Carolina Blue)

Already a Morehead scholar, Hillside LB Keith Beasley joining Tar Heels

It's like Hillside senior Keith Beasley is a student-athlete's student-athlete. A coach is preaching to the choir if he’s sermonizing Beasley about hitting the books. That guy's so smart that he's going to play football for the North Carolina Tar Heels and have his education paid for with a scholarship. Uh — ahem! — it's a Morehead-Cain scholarship. Beasley is one of 59 students from all over the world who will enter UNC this fall with a Morehead-Cain Scholarship. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Rivals.com names 2016 DT Dexter Lawrence top player in nation

Rivals.com released its new player rankings for the Class of 2016 on Monday and Wake Forest High School defensive end Dexter Lawrence is at the top. The very top. Lawrence, a 6-foot-5 and 290-pound defensive end, is now the No. 1 player in the country from the Class of 2016. (High School OT)

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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