N.C. LB Isaac Stewart commits to LouisvilleThe University of Louisville football team added its 23rd recruiting commitment for the 2014 class on Monday from three-star Charlotte, N.C., linebacker Isaac Stewart. Stewart is ranked as the nation’s No. 33 insider linebacker and the No. 26 prospect in North Carolina by 247Sports.com. He chose U of L from a list of major scholarship offers that included North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Mississippi State and Kansas State. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
2014 RB D'Ernest Johnson de-commits from North CarolinaImmokalee High's D'Ernest Johnson has changed his mind again. The star running back tweeted Friday that he was de-committing from North Carolina, just over two months after verbally committing to the Tar Heels. "No Longer Committed, My Commitment Has Open Up," Johnson wrote on his Twitter feed at 11:48 p.m. on Friday night. (Naples Daily News)
UNC offers Wake Forest HS defensive lineman Dexter LawrenceWake Forest High School defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is a rising-sophomore, but he is already getting plenty of recruiting attention. Lawrence received an offer from North Carolina on Saturday, according to Wake Forest Head Coach Reggie Lucas. Lawrence was a standout player on the Cougar defensive line last season as a freshman. On top of the UNC offer, the 6-foot-5, 290 pound run-stopper also has offers from Clemson and Arkansas. (High School OT)
TE Brandon Fritts will graduate early, enroll at UNC in JanuaryBrandon Fritts will graduate early from Mentor and will enroll at North Carolina in January, the senior receiver confirmed on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound two-sport standout will follow the path of former Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who last year finished his high schooling in December and enrolled at North Carolina for classes that started in January. It was a difficult decision for Fritts, who said he still plans on returning for graduation ceremonies at Mentor next spring. (News-Herald)
Fedora Details Recruit Evaluation ProcessStaff evaluations and projecting how prospects fit into North Carolina’s unique schemes are the basis for the program’s recruiting approach, according to Larry Fedora. There are four primary coaches involved with any given recruit – the area coach, the position coach, the coordinator and Fedora. When offensive guard Josh Allen, hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., verbally committed to UNC on Jun. 24, he did so after Dan Disch (area) laid the ground work and Chris Kapilovic (position) moved into the lead position. (Inside Carolina)
WR Austin Proehl Commits to UNCNorth Carolina added its first wide receiver commit for the 2014 class Sunday, when Charlotte (NC) Providence wide receiver Austin Proehl committed to the Tar Heels. The 5-10, 165-pound prospect chose UNC over offers from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. The offer from the Tar Heels came earlier today and the talented pass catcher jumped on it when he committed to head coach Larry Fedora and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
OL Donell Stanley nearing decisionOffensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta attended South Carolina's Camp Friday afternoon along with his mother, little brother and Latta assistant coach Chris German. Stanley attended an Alabama camp earlier this month and German said Friday night right now South Carolina and Alabama are Stanley's top two. Clemson and North Carolina are the others on his short list. German said. Stanley has no other visits planned and that a decision is close. (Palmetto Sports)
Florida DB Ronnie Harrison is UNC's first 2015 football commitment2015 defensive back Ronnie Harrison (Florida State University School, Tallahassee, FL) has committed to North Carolina. Harrison, 6'2" 190 pounds, currently plays cornerback but with his size and coverage skills at such a young age, he may project as a safety at the college level.
The Tar Heels were the first to offer Harrison, who visited the North Carolina campus earlier this summer and chose UNC over scholarship offers from South Florida, Massachusetts, East Carolina, Wake Forest, and Northern Illinois. He is the first commitment to UNC's 2015 football recruiting class.
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Tar Heels lead for 2015 Florida LB Andre SmithTrinity high school in Florida has been a recent school where North Carolina has looked at football recruits, already offering defensive tackle Kendrick Norton and also getting in touch with linebacker Andre Smith. UNC was the first team to offer Smith back in January and has been Smith's top school so far during his recruitment: "My top school is North Carolina right now but would really like to check out LSU, Florida, Clemson, and Florida State. But, my top school is North Carolina." (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Linebacker Ty Tomlin the latest to pick Tar HeelsNorth Carolina continues to pick up talent from Cobb County. Marietta’s Tyrell Tomlin became the latest local football player to commit to the Tar Heels, joining two safeties — Wheeler’s Allen Artis and North Cobb’s Cameron Albright — who announced their decisions last month. Tomlin committed last Wednesday and settled on his final five — North Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, NC State and Kentucky — before going with the Tar Heels. (Marietta Daily Journal)
ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal DivisionThe ACC Football Kickoff was last weekend, but that doesn’t mean that class of 2014 recruits weren’t still committing to their schools of choice. Miami and North Carolina have gained four and three commitments, respectively, since our last update. The Tar Heels picked up three recruitse, most notably four-star OL Bentley Spain. ESPN touts Spain as the 11th-best OL in the nation and 10th-best recruit in North Carolina. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: North Carolina QB commit Caleb Henderson talks UNC at campBurke (Va.) Lake Braddock quarterback and 2014 North Carolina commit Caleb Henderson spoke with CarolinaBlue.com recently about his recruiting efforts behind the scenes, his summer training, and how he's preparing for his upcoming senior season.
OT Bentley Spain commits to Tar HeelsProvidence High offensive lineman Bentley Spain committed to play football at North Carolina during a visit to the school Friday, according to Providence athletic director Chuck Lansing. Lansing said earlier this week that Spain, a 6-foot-6, 292-pound senior, had narrowed his decision to North Carolina and Stanford. Spain is ranked by ESPN as the No. 11 offensive lineman in his class and the No. 10 senior recruit in North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)
DT Ricky Walker lists UNC in top-5Lineman Ricky Walker has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to five. He says it’s not set in stone. The five, in alphabetical order: North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Regarding UNC: “It’s a beautiful campus in Chapel Hill and they were one of the first schools to offer me. Coach (Randy, an assistant) Jordan is doing a good job recruiting me. I’ve visited (unofficially) a couple of times and I have a good feeling down there.” (Daily Press)
Walt Bell On A Tear For The Tar Heels On Recruiting TrailNorth Carolina tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Walt Bell has been on an absolute tear on the recruiting trail. While the entire Tar Heels staff recruits as a team and develop relationships with all of the top recruits, the Dickson (Tenn.) native has been personally influential in gaining commitments from 11 of North Carolina’s 18 commitments (Carolina Blue)