The impact of academic reputation in football recruitingIt's the age old question: Does high level academics help or hurt your school in recruiting? On one side of the argument is the fact that tough academic standards can limit who the admissions department can admit into the school. There are dozens of situations where a coaching staff cannot even recruit a certain prospect because his grades and test scores are too low. (Carolina Blue)
Video: 2018 offensive tackle Avery Jones has chance to be big-time prospectAvery Jones had a strong sophomore campaign last fall and has continued to improve over the past several months. Due to his efforts, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jones has picked up scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State and Charlotte, while Clemson and South Carolina are also showing interest. (Scout.com)
2017 DB Devon Hunter says Tar Heels ‘stand out’The race is on to land class of 2017 defensive back Devon Hunter out of Virginia. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds Hunter is listed as the fourth-best safety prospect in teh 2017 class and is a composite four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. After years of recruiting, Hunter has five schools that really stand out to him. The defensive back says that UNC is one of those five schools. (Keeping It Heel)
Scotland Senior’s Zamir White might be nation’s best football player in 2018 classNational recruiting analyst Chad Simmons of Scout.com said he didn’t have to watch Scotland Senior High sophomore running back Zamir White too long to know he’s special. White, who plays at a class 4A school about two hours east of Charlotte, is ranked among the nation’s top five recruits by most recruiting services. He’s considered the No.1-rated player at his position. (Charlotte Observer)
UNC safety signee James Pierre receives release from UNCPer his high school coach, Jevon Glenn, safety James Pierre (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) received his release from his National Letter of Intent that he signed in February with UNC. Pierre was denied admissions by UNC. As a senior, Pierre had 48 tackles, four interceptions and two pass deflections. Per Glenn, Pierre has already received interest from Syracuse, NC State, Illinois and Temple. (Carolina Blue)
UNC football commitment Adarius Lemons still listening to Florida Gators pitchThe Florida Gators have had all nine assistant coaches on the road this week and they’ve had two coaches stop by to see some of their big name targets during the week at their practices. North Carolina running back commit Adarius Lemons (6-1, 192, Clearwater, FL High) was one of those players that had two coaches visit him including running backs coach Tim Skipper. (Gator Country)
Five-star ATH Jermaine Eskridge Jr. excited to visit Tar HeelsLarry Fedora has already put together a nice 2016 recruiting class and has a good start on the 2017 class. But he may find himself with a early edge in the 2018 class. Five star athlete Jermaine Eskridge Jr., has listed the top 10 schools he’s most excited to visit and the Tar Heels are right there at the top. Eskridge Jr. originally committed to the University of Kentucky. (Keeping It Heel)
UNC among favorites for 4-star back Khalan LabornFour-star all-purpose Back Khalan Laborn is one of the most electric offensive players in the 2017 class. The Virginia Beach native, currently enrolled at Ashbrook High School in North Carolina, is making a college decision on June 3. Laborn released his top eight schools on Tuesday: Ohio State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and UNC. (Carolina Blue)
Top 2017 DE to make decision soonClass of 2017 defensive end Luiji Vilain (Alexandria, VA/Episcopal) told Ryan Bartow of 247Sports that he is down to a group of top schools and has a decision timetable. The 6-4, 240-pound prospects listed USC, Virginia Tech, UNC, Georgia, and Tennessee as the schools he will decide between in early June. Currently, North Carolina has eight players committed for the 2017 class. (Carolina Blue)
Many Continue to Pursue UNC RB Commit Adarius LemonsDespite his commitment to UNC, schools are still recruiting four-star running back Adarius Lemons. On Wednesday, Georgia and Florida made the stop at Clearwater (Fla.) High School. Lemons recently took a visit to Auburn, however, says it was a visit he had already planned with his teammates before he pledged to UNC. As of Wednesday, he has no more trips planned. (Scout.com)
4-Star UNC Football Commit Ryan Jones Plans to Visit TennesseeOnce the leader for four-star Class of 2017 recruit Ryan Jones, the Tennessee Vols appear to still have a chance. Despite the fact that the 6’2? 201-pound receiver has been committed to North Carolina for nearly three months. But he did have Tennessee as his top choice for a while, and Butch Jones is still pursuing him. According to Ryan Callahan of 247Sports, he still plans to visit Knoxville. (All For Tennessee)
Who's Holding Down the Top Spot for Highly-Regarded Florida Athlete Amari Carter?LSU, Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame and North Carolina are just some of the scholarship offers for Amari Carter. The Tar Heels had been the front-runner for a number of months, and remain a realistic landing destination with the spring evaluation period currently in full swing, but Carter says nearby Miami has made a move and is now holding down the top spot in his recruitment. (Scout.com)
Video: UNC football commits Ryan Jones, Jake Lawler Charlotte camp highlightsAnalysis from Adam Friedman on North Carolina Tar Heels commits Ryan Jones and Jake Lawler and their performance at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Charlotte.
UNC 'Definitely No. 1' for 2017 Three-Star Running Back Kameron DuncanLarry Fedora and UNC have already snagged a commitment from one of the Sunshine State's can't-miss talents at the running back position in Adarius Lemons, and are now sitting comfortably at the top for another Florida ball carrier in Kameron Duncan. "I'm very interested in North Carolina and I love everything about Chapel Hill," Duncan said. "As far as top schools, UNC is definitely No. 1." (Scout.com)
Video: UNC Football Recruiting Off To Fast StartRivals.com's Adam Friedman discusses UNC's fast start in recruiting for the class of 2017 complete with videos of some members of the class.