UNC Emphasizes Quality Over Quantity In Recruiting DefenseDefensive staff changes stymied North Carolina’s initial plan to load up and max out its 2015 recruiting class on National Signing Day after three years of scholarship restrictions. The quality of UNC’s 2015 recruiting haul is unmistakable. The Tar Heels’ signing class of 19 currently ranks 25th nationally and third in the ACC, according to Scout.com, despite being the only program in the top-25 to sign fewer than 20 prospects. (Inside Carolina)
2015 Class: Areas worst to the HeelsNorth Carolina performed worse than usual in two areas of the country known for sending talent to the Tar Heels. 1. The Triangle: Some of the more talented running backs in the country were in the Tar Heels backyard and UNC failed to secure a commitment from any of them. Bryce Love (Stanford), Johnny Frasier (N.C. State), and Nyheim Hines (N.C. State) all committed elsewhere. (Carolina Blue)
One-Time Notre Dame Commit Prentice McKinney, Who Flipped To UNC, Instead Signs With OklahomaDallas South Oak Cliff was so loaded for its 2015 class that it seemed sort of strange Oklahoma couldn’t wind up with one of its top players. That was going to be the case until now as three-star safety Prentice McKinney has flipped his commitment from North Carolina to the Sooners, he announced on Twitter and confirmed at South Oak Cliff’s signing day ceremony. (Sooners Illustrated)
2015 Class: Areas best for the HeelsThe key in securing a quality recruiting class is locking down the local talent in your area while also picking up top players from outside your region. While the Tar Heels have a ways to go to build the type of fence they want around the state of North Carolina, they did receive commitments from six of the top 20 players in the state per the 2015 247Sports Composite rankings. Charlotte and the triad region were particularly kind to the Tar Heels. (Carolina Blue)
Video: Andre Smith's senior season highlights2014 season highlights of UNC commitment and Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) linebacker Andre Smith.
UNC felt more like home than Kentucky for Jason StrowbridgeNow that Deerfield Beach defensive end Jason Strowbridge has committed to North Carolina, his biggest worry until National Signing Day is finding the right wardrobe for Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 Strowbridge announced via Twitter on Monday he was going to be a Tar Heel and, in turn, ended his association with Kentucky. Strowbridge committed to Kentucky in September after mulling over several options. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)
2015 DE Jason Strowbridge flips commitment to UNCClass of 2015 defensive end Jason Strowbridge (Deerfield Beach, FL) is a Tar Heel per a message on the prospect's personal twitter account. The 6-foot-4, 247-pound prospect flipped to UNC from Kentucky. Strowbridge at been a Wildcat commit since September 20th. He is the 20th commit for North Carolina in the 2015 class. (Carolina Blue)
OL Breakdown: Best of the 2015 class (two UNC commitments included)Nastiest – Tommy Hatton While size, athleticism and film is all important, mentality may be the most important offensive lineman trait and Hatton has the mentality that you want....3-star that could play like a five-star – Charlie Heck Every year there’s an NFL draftee that grew into an offensive lineman after playing some skill position much of his high school career. In the 2015 class, that prospect could end up being North Carolina commit Charlie Heck. (247 Sports)
Video: William Sweet's senior season highlights2014 season highlights of UNC commitment and First Coast High School (Jacksonville, FL) offensive tackle William Sweet.
UNC trending for 2015 DE Jason StrowbridgeYou can always use pass rushing defensive ends in a recruiting class and North Carolina could be closing in on flipping one. Sources indicate that the Tar Heels are "feeling very good" about their chances of landing defensive end Jason Strowbridge (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), who currently is committed to Kentucky. (Carolina Blue)
UNC offers 8th grade wide receiverNorth Carolina has offered class of 2019 wide receiver Blake Hinson (Daytona Beach, FL/Warner Christian Academy), per Demetric Warren of VarsityPreps.com. That's right, class of 2009. He is an 8th grader. UNC is the first school to offer, but likely not the last. At 6-foot-5, 200-pounds, Hinson already has elite wide receiver size. (Carolina Blue)
Bryce Love commits to StanfordRunning back Bryce Love (Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville) publicly announced his verbal commit for Stanford over North Carolina and Virginia Tech at a press conference Friday afternoon at his high school. The four-star prospect is ranked as the nation's No. 6 all-purpose running back and the No. 8 recruit in North Carolina in the 2015 class by 247Sports.com Composite Rankings. (247 Sports)
2015 RB Bryce Love to announce commitment FridayWake Forest High School running back Bryce Love will announce his college commitment on Friday afternoon during a press conference at his high school. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Love is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com. Love is believed to be considering offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, Stanford and Virginia Tech, but he also has offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. (High School OT)
UNC Football Recruiting RoundupUNC secured two commitments last week from tight end Jake Bargas and safety Prentice McKinney. Both players flipped from their original commitments and are now part of the 2015 North Carolina recruiting class. With those two spots filled, UNC turns its attention to a number of other prospect to complete the 2015 class. UNC currently has 19 commits. The magic number seems to be 23 for the 2015 cycle. Here are some of the known potential remaining targets: (Carolina Blue)
UNC QB commitment Nathan Elliott recaps official visitClass of 2015 North Carolina quarterback commit Nathan Elliott (Celina, TX) took his official visit to UNC the weekend of January 16th and came away infatuated with the university. "It was amazing," Elliott told CarolinaBlue a couple of days after his visit. "The best thing about it was being able to meet the other guys I'm going to be there with and start building those relationships which are really important. It was a really good time though." (Carolina Blue)