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'Humbling' opportunity awaits kicker Cooper Graham at UNC

Kicking can often be a game of inches and Cooper Graham cut it close. But in the end, the Roberson senior got the opportunity he wanted at the school he desired. Graham is a top-10 kicker in some national recruiting rankings, so it’s a coup to the University of North Carolina football program that he is willing to come on board as a preferred walk-on. (Asheville Citizen-Times)

Billy Ross fulfills dream by signing with Tar Heels

The University of North Carolina football program made the offensive line a recruiting priority for 2017. Coach Larry Fedora and his staff filled their needs Wednesday when the Tar Heels signed five offensive linemen to letters of intent. One big catch was Billy Ross, a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder from Huntington High. Ross made things official during a signing ceremony Wednesday. (Huntington Herald-Dispatch)

How does UNC's 2017 football recruiting class stack up?

How does UNC's 2017 class compare to previous classes under Larry Fedora? Fedora has now had six signing classes at North Carolina. His first was put together in weeks after he arrived in January of 2012. Fedora's first full class was in 2013. Let's look at how they stack up. Rankings are from the 247Sports Composite and numbers are based on recruits who signed with UNC, not necessarily enrolled. (CBS Sports)

Instant Impact - Who will play a role for UNC Football in 2017?

A few freshman during the 2016 season made an impact in their first year on campus. Safety Myles Dorn, cornerback Patrice Rene, defensive end Tomon Fox, Dominique Ross, Jonathan Smith, and Marlon Dunlap all played significant snaps last season. Which 2017 signees could have a similar impact? The easy answer is the two running backs: Michael Carter and Antwuan Branch. (CBS Sports)

UNC Looks to Fill Needs with 2017 Recruiting Class

Larry Fedora said two position groups drew the most attention from the coaching staff during this recruiting cycle. “We felt like our biggest need was going to be the offensive line and our defensive backs,” Fedora said. “And that was where we really wanted to spend some time.” UNC ended up signing five offensive lineman and several players to man the defensive backfield. (Chapelboro.com)

ACC Football Signing Day Grades

5. North Carolina – B+: Keeping the top talent in North Carolina from leaving the state has been a goal for Larry Fedora, and his staff deserves credit for capitalizing this cycle. Offensive lineman Jonah Melton (Mebane), defensive end Jake Lawler (Charlotte) and defensive tackle Xach Gill (Wake Forest) were all high-profile recruits who stayed in-state to play for the Tar Heels. (ACC Sports Journal)

No drama, just seersucker for Kayne Roberts on signing day

The calls came in 30-minute intervals on Tuesday night. Larry Fedora launched the dialogue at 8 p.m. Gene Chizik followed, and then John Papuchis. The calls from members of North Carolina’s football staff to Greenback School’s Kayne Roberts didn’t happen out of fear. There was no drama at the end of this running back/linebacker's recruitment. But there was seersucker. (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Kicker Cooper Graham Commits to UNC

North Carolina will welcome two placekickers to the class of 2017 after Cooper Graham announced late Tuesday night he will attend UNC and kick for the Tar Heels. Graham, 5-10, 180 pounds, is originally from Asheville, NC, but spent his senior season kicking at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL. Noah Ruggles committed a few days ago, and now Graham makes it two kickers for the Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC Lands Auburn RB Transfer Stanton Truitt

Auburn graduate transfer Stanton Truitt (Monroe, Ga.) has committed to North Carolina. Truitt will play running back and in the slot for the Tar Heels. He has two years of eligibility remaining and is eligible to play right away. Truitt (5-9 185) was one of the fastest athletes at Auburn with 4.4 speed. Truitt chose UNC over offers from FAU, Nevada, SMU, Miami, Kansas State and Virginia Tech. (Carolina Blue)

2017 Kicker Noah Ruggles Commits to UNC

North Carolina has added a kicker to its 2017 football recruiting class. Before concluding his official visit, Noah Ruggles verbally committed to the Tar Heels. A couple of days prior to arriving in Chapel Hill for his official visit, UNC offered Ruggles, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound kicker from Lutz (Fla.) Steinbrenner. Vanderbilt had also offered. He officially visited Nashville last weekend. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels make offer to kicker Noah Ruggles

Wednesday night, Noah Ruggles, a 6’3” kicker from Odessa, FL, made clear that the Tar Heels think he might be the guy to step into Nick Weiler’s role. Ruggles is rated as the No. 5 kicker in the 2017 class. By offering Ruggles, the Tar Heels are signaling that they’re willing to use a scholarship slot on a kicker they like, and it’s a good bet that UNC has a backup offer in mind. (Tar Heel Blog)

2018 CB D.J. Crossen decommits from UNC

2018 cornerback D.J. Crossen has decommitted from North Carolina. The 6-2, 180-pound recruit from Greensboro, N.C. announced the news via his personal twitter account on Thursday. Crossen admitted much of the reason for decommitting was because UNC defensive backs coach Charlton Warren left Carolina for Tennessee. "Coach Warren leaving played a big role in it." (Carolina Blue)

Malik Robinson reaffirms commitment to UNC Football

Three-star linebacker Malik Robinson reaffirmed his commitment to UNC Wednesday. Robinson, a 6’0”, 223 pound linebacker from Snellville, Georgia initially committed to the Tar Heels over Louisville, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, and Auburn. But after his official visit to UNC a few weeks ago, Robinson made clear that he was still planning to visit Indiana and Missouri. (Tar Heel Blog)

A 6-3 cornerback named Speed?

Three-star cornerback Ameer Speed is in demand nationally and, really, who wouldn’t want a cornerback named Speed? Speed, from Jacksonville Sandalwood, has excellent size (6-3, 195 pounds) and a final five of Georgia, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon and Virginia Tech. Speed visited UNC this past weekend and has official visits set to Georgia this weekend and Oregon on January 27. (Gridiron Now)

2017 RB Timothy Jordan commits to Tennessee

Running back Timothy Jordan (Bartow, Fla.) took to Twitter on Monday indicating a verbal commitment to Tennessee. Jordan said he picked the Volunteers for many reasons. "I chose Tennessee because the school is surrounded by people who love football and I feel that they can make me a better person and player," Jordan said. (GoVols247)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
C.J. Cotman2017 ATH
Xach Gill2017 DT
Jake Lawler2017 DE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tre' Shaw2017 CB
Avery Jones2018 OT
Brian Anderson2017 OG
Antwuan Branch2017 RB
Michael Carter2017 RB
J.T. Cauthen2017 WR

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