2016 4-star RB Robert Washington plans April commitmentSouthLake Christian (Huntersville, N.C.) Academy four-star running back Robert Washington has named Syracuse, North Carolina and TCU to his top-six schools thus far and plans to announce his verbal commitment in April, his father, Robert Washington Sr. said in a phone interview on Tuesday night. (Syracuse.com)
Tennessee WR Vic Wharton to transfer, plans visit to UNCWharton confirmed to the News Sentinel by phone that he is leaving and that he has already taken an official visit to California. Wharton said he will visit North Carolina this weekend and that he will schedule an official visit to Utah, then make a decision between those three schools. (Knoxville News Sentinel)
Dee Liner, Alabama transfer, to visit UNCPer sources, former Alabama defensive lineman Dee Liner will make an official visit to North Carolina this weekend. The former Crimson Tide player is expected to end up with the Tar Heels or Georgia Tech. Liner was a four-star prospect out of high school. (Carolina Blue)
UNC football must keep grinding in-state on the recruiting frontFor North Carolina to stock its roster with elite talent season after season, there is little argument that the Tar Heels need to keep their share of the top in-state talent at home. So far, the Class of 2016 doesn’t look pretty in that regard. Five of the top 10 in-state prospects (per 247Sports Composite rankings) in the cycle have already committed, to out-of-state programs. (Carolina Blue)
2016 UNC Football Recruiting BoardThe Tar Heels have turned their complete recruiting attention to the 2016 class and so has Inside Carolina, as the 2016 Recruiting Board now defaults to the juniors. (Inside Carolina)
Video: On Tommy HattonThere's no question that North Carolina Class of 2015 stud offensive line commit Tommy Hatton is one of the best center prospects in the country. In fact, he may be the best based on my personal opinion. In this quick-hit video I talk about the Under Armour All-American and what he brings to the table. Hatton is the No. 4 center prospect nationally in the 2015 class per 247Sports Composite rankings. (Carolina Blue)
OLB Stephen Albright accepts preferred walkon spot with Tar HeelsStephen Albright a 6-2 195 pound outside linebacker from Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh will join the Tar Heels as a preferred walkon this Fall, per his high school coach. He is the brother of current North Carolina tight end Eric Albright. Here are his junior season highlights where he played safety for the Crusaders wearing number 22.
Video: On Jalen DaltonDefensive end Jalen Dalton (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth) already has enrolled at North Carolina and is expected to be one of the top prospects in the 2015 Tar Heels class. Here's a quick hitter on his potential and upside. Dalton is the No. 3 weakside defensive end prospect in the 2015 recruiting cycle per 247Sports Composite rankings and is the highest-ranked prospect in the Tar Heels signing class. (Carolina Blue)
2015 Football Recruiting Class SuperlativesMost NFL potential: OT William Sweet - At a legitimate 6-foot-6, Sweet has a frame worthy of a starting NFL left tackle. He is fast, quick, and athletic. With four or five years in a college weight training program, he should have general managers salivating come 2019. Fills the biggest need: C Tommy Hatton - UNC has one center on their current roster. Hatton will come in and compete for the starting position immediately. (Carolina Blue)
Sha’mond Squires to join UNC’s football team as preferred walk-onMike Hughes has been waiting for this moment for as long as he can remember, signing his name and becoming a member of a Division I football team. Hughes, a former New Bern football standout, officially became a North Carolina Tar Heel at a signing day event at New Bern High School. Sha’mond Squires will join UNC’s football team as preferred walk-on. Squires, a 6-foot, 230-pound linebacker, joins UNC with a chip on his shoulder. He is looking forward to proving himself to the coaching staff. (New Bern Sun Journal)
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.