FL DB Randy Russell Surprised & Excited Over UNC OfferRandy Russell got a surprise phone call Saturday from UNC assistant football coach Larry Porter, and he was delivering good news to the Carol City High School safety. Even though he hadn’t spoken to anyone from UNC prior to Saturday, Russell was extended a scholarship offer by Porter. The junior safety plans on attending UNC’s game at Miami on Oct. 15 plus taking a trip to UNC. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
RB Michael Carter shines in return, Navarre rollsMichael Carter made it clear he hadn’t lost a step in the year since his season-ending knee injury. The North Carolina commit rushed for 149 yards and scored four touchdowns Friday to lead the Navarre Raiders to a 41-13 season-opening win at Catholic. It was a typical Carter performance, with the senior patiently letting his linemen set up blocks while eluding would-be tacklers for big gains. (Pensacola News Journal)
Navarre RB Michael Carter, a UNC commit, healthy for senior seasonAs Michael Carter’s senior season at Navarre inches closer, the three-star running back is 100 percent healthy, and on July 4 committed to the University of North Carolina. Last season Carter ran for 532 yards and eight touchdowns in only three games before the knee injury. “He has been one of, if not the best, running back in the panhandle the last two or three years." (NWF Daily News)
5-star running back Ricky Slade names Tar Heels in his top 5UNC is in good shape with 2018 five-star talent Ricky Slade. The running back recently released his top 5 schools, and UNC made the cut alongside Florida, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Tennessee. Slade is ranked the 20th overall recruit in the national composite for his class and is considered the best all-purpose back and the No. 2 talent in his home state of Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)
Weekend UNC Football Recruit ScoreboardUNC wide receiver commit Tyler Smith (Powder Springs, GA) caught 8 passes for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 27-14 win. UNC WR commit J.T. Cauthen (Waxhaw, NC) caught two passes for 77 yards and two touchdowns in a 66-6 blowout win. See how the rest of UNC's football recruits fared on opening week in this edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
Coach discusses D.J. Crossen as a player and personCarolinaBlue spoke with Dudley High School head coach Stephen Davis to get the low-down on new UNC commit D.J. Crossen. On Friday evening, the 6-2, 180-pound cornerback committed to UNC over Virginia Tech, N.C. State, Louisville, and East Carolina. "With the combination of his speed and strength I think that makes him very attractive to these D-1 schools." (Carolina Blue)
2018 DB D.J. Crossen Commits to UNCClass of 2018 cornerback D.J. Crossen has committed to North Carolina. The 6-2, 180-pound recruit from Greensboro verbally pledged to the Tar Heels on Friday evening during a ceremony at Dudley High School. Crossen picked Carolina over a top five of Virginia Tech, Louisville, N.C. State, and East Carolina. He becomes UNC's second commit in the 2018 class. (Carolina Blue)
UNC in early on Florida RB Chris CurryRunning back Chris Curry (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) says North Carolina and Western Kentucky have offered. "The weather up there is beautiful," Curry said of UNC. "The school, too, because Michael Jordan went there. I like the football team too because of the kind of offense they run." Curry (5-11, 204) bench presses 300 pounds, carries a 3.0 GPA and runs a 4.5 40. (Carolina Blue)
5-star RB Zamir White has ‘great’ visit at UNCZamir White isn’t ready to name favorites yet, and he doesn’t expect to make a final decision until next summer prior to his senior season, but he said he enjoyed his latest trip to visit the Tar Heels this past weekend. “It was great,” White said. “(UNC running backs) coach (Larry) Porter and (Defensive coordinator) coach (Gene) Chizik are great coaches. I enjoyed it.” (The Robesonian)
UNC, Boise State, Utah main schools in mix for No. 25 Ath. Jermani BrownJermani Brown is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the East Region and the four-star Midlothian (Va.) athlete spoke with Scout about the latest developments in his recruitment. "The schools that I'm focused on right now are North Carolina, Boise State and Utah," Jermani Brown said. Of the three schools, Brown said North Carolina is recruiting him the hardest. (Scout.com)
Video: UNC DE Pledge Jake Lawler Discusses Recruiting, InjuryNorth Carolina 2017 defensive end commit Jake Lawler has helped the Tar Heels land several football commitments. And he's not finished, as he tells Inside Carolina's Don Callahan.
Scotland County’s Zamir White is top 5 national football recruit in 2018Scotland County running back Zamir White is a top five national recruit. White, who is the No. 1 recruit in North Carolina for the 2018 class, was recently ranked No. 5 nationally by rivals.com (Charlotte Observer)
Tar Heels seeing a boost in football recruiting following 2015’s successComing off of UNC’s first 10+ win season since 1997, coach Larry Fedora has seen an uptick in recruiting. North Carolina started bearing the fruits of 2015’s success late in the recruiting cycle. True freshman Tomon Fox, an ESPN 300 recruit, was one of Fedora’s late signings that should pay dividends in the continued renaissance of the program. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: UNC Football Commitment Ryan Jones Talks Season, Enrolling EarlyRyan Jones, a 4-star wide receiver in the class of 2017 committed to UNC a while ago, and is now in the process of getting ready for his senior season and transitioning to college football.
Offensive Lineman Billy Ross Commits to UNCClass of 2017 offensive lineman Billy Ross (Huntington, WV) has committed to UNC. The 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman announced his commitment on Sunday evening. Ross is the No. 1 player in the state of West Virginia and picked the Tar Heels over offers from Tennessee, Florida State, West Virginia, Florida, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, and Oklahoma, among others. (Carolina Blue)