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Video: Football commit M.J. Stewart ready to make the switch from offense to defense

Despite being one of the most prolific offensive players in the area since 2011, Yorktown's M.J. Stewart will be playing defensive back at the University of North Carolina. (Washington Post)

Get to know UNC football commit Brandon Fritts

Most nights, Brandon Fritts has as little as 20 minutes of free time before he grabs a big piece of his favorite chocolate cake from Giant Eagle and then heads to bed. Between homework, playing for a 7-1, state-ranked football team, a girlfriend, a self-set bedtime of 10 to 10:30 and an early high school graduation looming, the Mentor tight end carries a full load. Fritts is wrapping up his senior year early, playing his final season this fall with football before skipping basketball to enroll early at North Carolina. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Tar Heels pulling football recruits from talent-rich northern Virginia

Virginia High school football players get noticed by college recruiters in all sorts of ways. Some wow on video, others make an impression at summer skills camps. But there’s always the old-fashioned way: word of mouth. That’s what happened with Jeremiah Clarke, a defensive lineman from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., who is one of North Carolina assistant coach Walt Bell’s prized recruits graduating next spring and arriving on campus in the summer of 2014. (Charlotte Observer)

Q&A with Elijah Hood

Elijah Hood, a four-star running back from Charlotte, North Carolina, originally committed to the Notre Dame before decommitting on Aug. 20. Hood, considered one of the top prospects in the state and the nation, eventually committed to UNC on Aug. 27. After a recent campus visit, The Daily Tar Heel sat caught up with Hood about joining the Tar Heels next season. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC QB Commitment Caleb Henderson Is An Army All-American

Four-star quarterback Caleb Henderson received his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey in front of his family, teammates and peers during a pep rally at Lake Braddock High School on Friday. The honor of being names to the U.S. Army All-American team was not something that was taken lightly by Henderson as he spoke on what being named to this team meant to him. (Carolina Blue)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

North Carolina tight end commit Brandon Fritts caught 9 passes for 128 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown reception. Quarterback/safety commit Ronnie Harrison threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown, and intercepted a pass. And UNC running back commit Elijah Hood ran for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns. See how the rest of the Tar Heel commits performed this weekend at Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Elijah Hood runs for 261 yards, 4 touchdowns

Charlotte Catholic used their rushing machine to put a damper on South Mecklenburg's homecoming game Friday. Led by premier running back Elijah Hood, the Cougars ran through the Sabres for a 42-6 victory. Hood rushed for 261 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns. Two of Hood's four touchdowns were long runs, including a 66-yarder and a 57-yarder. On both long runs, Hood broke numerous tackles on his way to the end zone. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC Pursuing Long Snapper

North Carolina is looking to add a long snapper to its roster prior to the 2014 season. High on the Tar Heel coaching staff’s wish list is Kyle Murphy. “I would be going in as a preferred walk-on and then once I earn my spot as a starting long snapper, they’d put me on scholarship,” Murphy said. “I’m fine with that. I like the concept. It makes me have to work for it.” Prior to the season, UNC put Mack Lloyd on scholarship after he won the starting long snapper job during preseason practice. However, the senior suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Tar Heels’ opener. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Elijah Hood Mid-Season Highlights

2014 North Carolina running back commit Elijah Hood has posted his senior mid-season highlight video. Check out his bruising running style, breakaway speed and see what he has in store for the Tar Heel offense in coming seasons. (Hudl.com)

Linebacker Andre Smith Is UNC's Second Commitment for 2015

Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy inside linebacker Andre Smith committed to North Carolina Tuesday night and gives the Tar Heels two commits from the class of 2015. The 6-0, 225-pound recruit chose UNC over offers from Florida A&M, Samford and Massachusetts. He admits to hearing from the likes of Florida State, Missouri, N.C. State, Missouri, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin lately. (Carolina Blue)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

UNC running back commit Elijah Hood had another monster game Friday, rushing for 294 yards and 5 touchdowns. Fellow UNC running back commit M.J. Stewart accounted for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. And tight end commit Brandon Fritts caught 5 passes for 82 yards and 2 touchdowns. Find out how the rest of North Carolina's football recruits fared in this week's edition of Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Elijah Hood rushes for 294 yards, 5 touchdowns Friday

Senior running back Elijah Hood said his Charlotte Catholic team stayed calm when Olympic scored 14 unanswered points to tie the game late in the first quarter Friday night. Hood had one of his best games of the season despite sitting out much of the second quarter because he got winded, according to Charlotte Catholic coach Jim Oddo. Hood rushed for 294 yards and five touchdowns on 19 carries. He also had two long touchdown runs negated by penalties. (Charlotte Observer)

Nyheim Hines scores five TDs, rolls up 449 yards in win over Clayton

Nyheim Hines’ fifth touchdown of the night was the fourth straight time Garner had responded to a Clayton score. Hines totaled 449 all-purpose yards on the night. He ran for 207 yards on 31 carries, caught five balls for 89 yards, threw a 45-yards pass and had 108 kick return yards, including a 98-yard kick off return for a touchdown to open the second half. The 5-foot-8, 182-pound junior scored on runs of 18, 22 and 15 yards as well. He also batted down Clayton’s last-ditch Hail Mary pass on the final play of the game. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Braxton Berrios commits to Miami

Leesville Road athlete Braxton Berrios ended the suspense on Saturday afternoon by committing to play football at the University of Miami. Berrios, one of the top-ranked football players in the state, announced his decision during a noon press conference at his high school. (High School OT)

Providence High offensive lineman Bentley Spain is ‘the real deal’

Providence High first year head coach Justin Hardin had heard about a talented Panthers’ offensive lineman before he came to the school. “I knew there was a special tackle here,” he said. That special tackle is Bentley Spain, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound senior that is committed to play at North Carolina. He is ranked the No. 12 senior offensive tackle in the country and the No. 10 senior recruit in North Carolina by ESPN. Spain was also named last week to the North Carolina roster for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. (Charlotte Observer)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Kyree Campbell2016 DE
Chazz Surratt2016 QB
J.T. Cauthen2017 WR
Ryan Jones2017 WR
Jake Lawler2017 DE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tyler Smith2017 WR
Jordon Brown2016 RB
Logan Byrd2016 QB
Allen Cater2016 DE

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