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UNC coaches, players, recruits react to Mike Hughes commitment

North Carolina received a surprise Monday morning when 2015 cornerback/athlete Mike Hughes (New Bern, NC) committed to the Tar Heels. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound in-state prospect choose UNC over N.C. State and Florida. Hughes is planning on being an early enrollee and should be on campus this January. (Carolina Blue)

Mike Hughes 'a steal' for UNC

UNC coach Larry Fedora is getting a real good one in New Bern High School quarterback Mike Hughes, who this past season threw for 1,263 yards, 10 touchdowns and a 4-A state championship, Hillside High School coach Antonio King said. Hughes, who has verbally committed to UNC, also rushed for 1,355 yards and 22 touchdowns. So the guy — he lined up at cornerback, too — was running and throwing for around 200 yards per game. But he'll probably play defense for the Tar Heels. “They are getting a steal,” King said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

UNC Adds Walkon Linebacker Sha'mond Squires

Mike Hughes wasn’t the only New Bern product who committed to North Carolina over NC State on Monday. Hughes’s classmate, teammate, and close friend Sha’mond Squires accepted a preferred walk-on offer from UNC over a similar opportunity from the Wolfpack. While Hughes took home the NCHSAA 4A Championship MVP, Squires, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound linebacker, was awarded the east team defensive MVP. (Inside Carolina)

New UNC commit Mike Hughes and the Tar Heels

On Monday morning North Carolina picked a big commitment from in-state athlete/cornerback Mike Hughes. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound 247Sports Composite three-star prospect runs a 4.55 40-yard dash and should be used in a variety of ways by the Tar Heels. Though Hughes played quarterback and defensive back for New Bern High School, he will be used primarily as a cornerback once he arrives in Chapel Hill. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Offers 2016 DE Khalid Kareem

Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison 2016 defensive end Khalid Kareem tells 247Sports that North Carolina is the latest to offer. Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Miami, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest are among the other ACC schools to extend an early scholarship offer to the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Kareem, who is ranked by 247Sports as the nation's No. 21 strong-side defensive end. (247 Sports)

ATH Mike Hughes Commits to UNC

UNC received an early Christmas present on Monday. During a press conference at New Bern High School, Mike Hughes announced his intentions to enroll at UNC in January. Hughes, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete, selected UNC over co-finalists Florida and NC State. He took in-season official visits to all three programs. Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Mississippi, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech also offered Hughes. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Aaron Crawford's senior season highlights

2014 season highlights of UNC commitment and Stone Bridge High School (Ashburn, VA) defensive tackle Aaron Crawford. (Hudl)

UNC offers 2016 OT Luke Elder

North Carolina has offered class of 2016 offensive tackle Luke Elder (Lagrange, GA). A 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect, Elder made two visits to UNC this fall. Tar Heel offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic offered Elder and is leading the recruitment of the prospect. "Its been a long road and I've been hoping this day was coming!" Elder told CarolinaBlue via text after he received the UNC offer. (Carolina Blue)

Scout Spotlight: William Sweet

William Sweet describes his game as "smart, fast, physical." Sound familiar? The Tar Heel commitment is a four-star prospect and a Top 250 national prospect -- get to know this elite offensive tackle from Florida in in the latest edition of the Scout Spotlight series. (Inside Carolina)

UNC commits, future teammates compete at the Shrine Bowl

Future Tar Heel teammates Mason Veal (Charlotte, NC/Ardrey Kell) and Jalen Dalton (Clemmons, NC/West Forsyth) competed against each other at practice for the Shrine Bowl. Veal is a 6-foot-6, 285-pound 247Sports Composite four-star offensive tackle. Dalton is a 6-foot-5, 235-pound 247Sports Composite four-star defensive end. Both prospects are key components of North Carolina's 2015 recruiting class. (Carolina Blue)

UNC offers 2015 athlete Chris Williamson

North Carolina has offered 2015 athlete Chris Williamson (Gainesville, GA) per Williamson's personal twitter account. UNC is recruiting Williamson for the cornerback position. Williamson's recruitment has heated up as of late. He has received offers from Northwestern, California, Cincinnati, and Virginia this December. UNC linebackers coach and north Georgia recruiter Ron West is leading the recruitment of Williamson. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels offer big Virginia tackle Josh Ball

North Carolina offered 2016 offensive tackle Josh Ball (Fredericksburg, VA/Stafford) on Friday night per Evan Watkins of VTScoop and confirmed by Ball on Saturday. Ball is a 247Sports Composite three-star prospect. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound prospect has offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, Duke, and Virginia, among others. Ball was a full participant at UNC's 2014 Freak Show in Kenan Stadium on June 21st. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Corey Bell's senior season highlights

2014 season highlights of UNC commitment and Hough High School (Cornelius, NC) cornerback Corey Bell. (Hudl.com)

Two UNC Football Recruits Set to Enroll in January

UNC got a pair of key football recruits firming up plans for enrollment in January. William Sweet, a 6-7, 275 lb offensive tackle from Jacksonville, Florida, is a four star recruit ranked 22nd at his position and 234th overall by Scout.com. In addition to Sweet, UNC had three start linebacker Andre Smith, also from Jacksonville, sign for early enrollment. Smith, a 6-0, 220 lb player is ranked 28th at middle linebacker by Scout.com. (Tar Heel Blog)

2015 OL William Sweet sticks with UNC

LSU made a strong run at North Carolina commit William Sweet but the three-star offensive tackle made a big statement on Thursday when he signed his financial aid agreement with the Tar Heels. Sweet visited LSU three times since the end of May with his latest visit on Nov. 7 for the Alabama game. Les Miles made his in-home visit with Sweet last Thursday but despite the Tigers’ push he decided to stick with North Carolina. (Geaux247)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
C.J. Cotman2017 ATH
Xach Gill2017 DT
Jake Lawler2017 DE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tre' Shaw2017 CB
Dyami Brown2018 ATH
Avery Jones2018 OT
Brian Anderson2017 OG
Antwuan Branch2017 RB
Michael Carter2017 RB

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