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UNC offers 2016 LB Jonathan Pollock

Dr. Phillips sophomore Jonathan Pollock committed to Mississippi State’s 2016 recruiting class during the summer break, but that doesn’t mean the recruiters are going to stop calling on the 6-foot, 205-pounder. His first offer came from Akron last winter and things started picking up again this week when North Carolina came calling. (Orlando Sentinel)

Lorenzo Featherston selected to Under Armour All-American High School Football Game

Greensboro Page's Lorenzo Featherston was selected to the 2014 Under Armour All-American High School Football Game Tuesday. Featherston, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound defensive end, was one of three North Carolina players invited to the game. The all-star game will take place at 4 p.m. on Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Featherston is rated as one of the top remaining unsigned recruits in the state and has received scholarship offers from a long list of schools, including Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee. (Greensboro News & Record)

DT Shy Tuttle sidelined with shoulder injury

Shy Tuttle, a highly recruited defensive lineman at North Davidson, separated his left shoulder during last week’s 22-10 victory against Asheboro, Coach Mark Holcomb of North said. Tuttle, a junior, batted down a pass during the third quarter and immediately headed for the sideline, his left arm drooping. Tuttle, a 6-3, 295-pounder, is the most highly recruited player in the area with close to 20 scholarship offers, including many from ACC and SEC programs. It’s unlikely that he will play Friday night against Lexington. (Winston-Salem Journal)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

North Carolina football running back commits Elijah Hood and M.J. Stewart had big statistical weekends for their respective high school teams this weekend. See how the Tar Heels' other recruits fared at Inside Carolina's "Weekend Recruit Scoreboard." (Inside Carolina)

Robert Dinkins plays up to potential he’s always exhibited

When football player Robert Dinkins enrolled at Olympic High four years ago, he was 14. Then a ninth-grader, Dinkins had the physique of a much older athlete. Everyone expected Dinkins, now 6-foot-2 and 255 pounds, to be a leader because he looked older and was so big and strong. Then he received a scholarship offer from North Carolina after his sophomore season. That only heightened the expectations. (Charlotte Observer)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

North Carolina football commits quarterback Caleb Henderson and running back Elijah Hood had big individual performances for the respective high school teams this weekend. See how the rest of the recruits performed in this week's "Weekend Recruit Scoreboard" from Inside Carolina. (Inside Carolina)

Butler QB Anthony Ratliff believes this is his time

Anthony Ratliff is the new quarterback at Butler High. The two quarterbacks before him, Riley Ferguson and Christian LeMay, took their teams to three unbeaten seasons and three state championships. Ratliff, a junior, said he loves his position as The Guy Who’s Next. He’s already gotten college scholarship offers from Clemson, Georgia State, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Toledo. He said he’s getting serious interest from Georgia, Mississippi and Virginia Tech. (Charlotte Observer)

Keeping talent home key for UNC football

In the current cycle and looking forward, however, things are looking up. Earlier this week, Top247 running back Elijah Hood, who was committed to Notre Dame, pledged to the Tar Heels. Additionally, North Carolina has a commitment from Top247 offensive tackle Bentley Spain. UNC beat the Gamecocks head-to-head for the U.S. Army All-American. (Carolina Blue)

Elijah Hood commits to UNC

A week after de-committing from Notre Dame, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic running back Elijah Hood committed to UNC on Tuesday evening, InsideCarolina.com has confirmed. Hood made many visits over the past couple years to Chapel Hill before narrowing his list to Notre Dame and North Carolina this past spring, ultimately deciding on the Irish in April. Four months later, he's now a Tar Heel. (Inside Carolina)

Elijah Hood opens season with 325 yards, 5 TDs

Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.) senior running back Elijah Hood showed why he's a preseason MaxPreps All-American as he led his team to a 35-28 win over Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) with 325 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Hood ran for 3,309 yards and 47 touchdowns last year in leading the Cougars to a 13-2 record. He had committed to Notre Dame in late April, but recently decommitted citing a desire to play closer to his North Carolina home. (Max Preps)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood (323 rushing yards, 5 TDs) and Durham Hillside wide receiver Trevion Thompson (163 rec. yards, 2 TDs) had big opening weekends for their respective teams. See how the other UNC football recruits fared in Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Nyheim Hines impressed by UNC

What is the latest you have heard from North Carolina? 2015 running back Nyheim Hines: "They (UNC) sent me a picture of Giovani Bernard saying "You're Next," possibly saying that I could be like him if I work hard. But I really haven't been keeping in touch with anyone lately because I've just been focused on track till about three weeks ago. I've just been focusing on football and not letting all this recruitment get to my head." (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Elijah Hood named to MaxPreps preseason All-American team

Charlotte Catholic senior running back Elijah Hood is the only Carolinas player on the 2013 MaxPreps preseason All-American team. On Sunday, Hood was named the Observer and Raleigh News & Observer's top recruit in North and South Carolina. On Tuesday, he caused national recruiting shockwaves by decommitting from Notre Dame and reopening his recruiting. Many recruiting experts are now predicting he'll commit to North Carolina, which had been his second choice. (Charlotte Observer)

ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal Division

Teams broke for fall camp a few weeks ago, and what had been a blistering summer on the recruiting trail came to a rather abrupt end. Things may have slowed down in the recent past, but there are still a few things to bring you up-to-date on since we last gave you a Coastal Division commitment update. Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels stayed in-state to add their most recent commitment, three-star wide receiver Josh Cabrera, to their 2014 class. (ACC Sports Journal)

Elijah Hood addresses Notre Dame decommitment

Charlotte Catholic All-American running back Elijah Hood said the real reason he decommitted from Notre Dame Tuesday was simple: he wanted to play college football closer to home. “It’s something I prayed about,” Hood said Tuesday afternoon after practice. “It was a difficult decision but it came down to this: I really valued my family and what they stand for and just being around them. It was about being closer to home and I want to have them with me in my development.” (Charlotte Observer)

Top UNC Football Recruits
Kyree Campbell2016 DE
Chazz Surratt2016 QB
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tyler Smith2017 WR
Korey Banks2016 ATH
Jordon Brown2016 RB
Logan Byrd2016 QB
Nolan DeFranco2016 DE
Marlon Dunlap2016 DT
Luke Elder2016 OT

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