Meet three-star UNC QB commitment Logan ByrdAccelerating is something Logan Byrd has become accustomed to. He made an early verbal commitment to Virginia Tech before deciding North Carolina was the best fit for his services. Byrd was one of the first quarterbacks named to the Semper-Fi All-American Bowl, set to take place the first week of January. He'll wrap that up just days before beginning his college career in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)
Via arm or legs, UNC QB commit Chazz Surratt gets the job doneWith Duke taking the trip to North Carolina this Saturday, it's fitting Scout released the Spotlight of Chazz Surratt, the Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln quarterback who picked the Blue Devils as his college destination in April only to flip to UNC two months later. Now, however, the talk surrounding the three-star Shrine Bowl selection is his play for the defending 2AA state champion Mustangs. (Scout.com)
Dexter Lawrence Selected to U.S. Army All-American BowlWake Forest High School defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will accept his jersey on Nov. 10. ESPN rates Lawrence as a five-star prospect and the No. 8 player in the country from the Class of 2016. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (High School OT)
Tar Heel LB commitment Jonathan Smith is a true leaderNorth Carolina linebacker commitment and three-star Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland standout Jonathan Smith is in the position to excel as he likens himself to the now-retired face of the San Francisco 49ers, Patrick Willis. Ranked much higher than the former Scout two-star, Smith is tabbed as the No. 1 inside linebacker talent in the Tar Heel State. He picked UNC in mid-August. (Scout.com)
Weekend UNC Football Recruit ScoreboardNashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn wide receiver and UNC recruit Rontavius Groves caught six passes for 155 yards and scored four TDs. UNC QB commit Chazz Surratt threw three TDs and added two on the ground, despite being ill. He was 15-for-22 passing for 291 yards and rushed 16 times for 229 yards. See how other UNC football recruits performed in this week's edition of the Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
Chazz Surratt battles illness, then leads team to big winChazz Surratt wasn’t feeling his best Friday night, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at him on the field.
The senior Mustangs quarterback vomited on the field in the second quarter of his team’s game against Maiden at home in Denver, then led the Mustangs to a 56-28 win over the Blue Devils as East Lincoln won its 26th straight game and clinched at least a share of the Southern District 7 conference title. (Gaston Gazette)
UNC defensive end commitment Tomon Fox is bigger, betterNorth Carolina defensive end commit Tomon Fox is becoming more of a player to watch in the 2016 class. Fox has gained more than 25 pounds since his junior year, and he's been able to maintain the quickness that makes him an intriguing speed rusher. Fox, whose Hudl page says he's now 6'3" and 240 pounds, committed to North Carolina in June but has more than 20 offers. (Bleacher Report)
2016 safety Myles Dorn is down to four schools, including UNCMyles Dorn is getting closer to making his college decision.
According to Dorn, he is down to Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and West Virginia in no specific order.
The Vance standout took his first official visit about a month ago to West Virginia for the Maryland game. “It was a good visit and there are a lot of good people up there,” said the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dorn. “I really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere stood out to me. (Scout.com)
UNC football commits react to the Heels' big winNorth Carolina went to Pittsburgh on Thursday night and pulled out a tough 26-19 win. The game was aired on ESPN during primetime, attracting the eyes of many who don't regularly watch Tar Heel football. After the big win, UNC stands at 7-1 and 4-0 in the ACC. CarolinaBlue reached out to many 2016 UNC football commits on Friday morning to get their take on Thursday's game. (Carolina Blue)
4-Star UNC OL Commit Jay-Jay McCargo is ExplosiveJay-Jay McCargo is the on-paper headliner of Larry Fedora's 2016 class to this point. Picking the Tar Heels over Penn State as well as considerable SEC and ACC offers in April, he was also the highest-rated verbal at the time he was acquired. The Semper-Fi All American, tabbed as the top offensive guard prospect in the state of Virginia, took in his first game at UNC's Kenan Stadium earlier this month. (Scout.com)
Meet Dexter LawrenceEvery minute Dexter Lawrence spends on the field is one minute closer to his dream. The Wake Forest High School defensive tackle dreams of one day entering the big leagues, not just for the glory, but for his family. (USA Today)
UNC picking up steam in state football recruitingThe commitment from DT Marlon Dunlap (West Charlotte) follows that of in-state LB Jonathan Smith (Scotland) and RB Jordon Brown (Southern Durham), both of whom pledged to UNC in August. The Tar Heels also landed TE Garrett Walston (New Hanover) after he switched his commitment from Georgia to UNC. Along with East Lincoln QB Chazz Surratt, the Tar Heels now have five in-state players in their 2016 class. (Fayetteville Observer)
2017 RB Adarius Lemons Wants To Know More About UNCAdarius Lemons has blown up in the last couple of months as much as any running back in the southeast. The 6-1, 185-pound junior from Clearwater, FL, has quickly compiled an extremely impressive list of offers that include, among others, Ohio State, UCLA, Florida, Michigan, West Virginia, and UNC. While Lemons likes what he knows about UNC, he doesn't know much and he very much wants to find out more about the school and program. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
New UNC commit Marlon Dunlap: "I love Carolina"UNC picked up their 20th commitment for the 2016 class in 6-5, 285-pound defensive lineman Marlon Dunlap. The Charlotte native picked UNC over offers from Tennessee, West Virginia, and East Carolina. Dunlap visited UNC on Saturday for the Tar Heels 26-13 victory over Virginia. "I love Carolina, the coaches are great down there. They know I am going to be a good fit in the family." (Carolina Blue)
2016 DT Marlon Dunlap Commits to UNCAccording to Inside Carolina sources, Marlon Dunlap verbally committed to North Carolina on Sunday night. Dunlap, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle from West Charlotte (N.C.), made the pledge a day after his most recent visit to UNC. Besides the Tar Heels, he also picked up scholarship offers from East Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee, and West Virginia. (Inside Carolina)