New Smyrna Beach’s Cole Holcomb gets invited walk-on opportunity with North CarolinaNew Smyrna Beach senior Cole Holcomb said Wednesday that he will attend the University of North Carolina as an invited walk-on. Barracudas coach Lance Jenkins confirmed the move. The 6-foot-2 Holcomb recorded 44 tackles and an interception as a defensive back last season. He said the Tar Heels plan on using him as a linebacker and that he is already up to 206 pounds after playing at 195 as a senior. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
Shy Tuttle recruit scouting report: Nimble North Carolina defensive tackleSure, Shy Tuttle holds down a spot on SB Nation's 2015 All-Name team, but the five-star defensive tackle is much, much more than his moniker. Hailing from North Davidson High School in Lexington, N.C., the 6'3, 315-pound Tuttle is the top player in the Tar Heel State for 2015, and one of the most sought-after players in the country. (SB Nation)
QB Anthony Ratliff Commits to UNCNorth Carolina landed its top quarterback target in the 2015 class on Monday as Anthony Ratliff committed to the Tar Heels, sources confirm. The 6-foot, 179-pounder at Matthews (N.C.) Butler also held offers from Clemson, N.C. State and Mississippi State. Ratliff passed for 2362 yards and 30 touchdowns his junior season at Butler, and rushed for 1,443 yards and 20 touchdowns. (Inside Carolina)
In-state defensive line crop could be boon for UNCThe 2015 recruiting cycle could be good for North Carolina- very good. The key for current head coach Larry Fedora- or anyone- to building the Tar Heels into a big winner is and always has been keeping the top in-state talent at home and playing in Chapel Hill, particularly those hard-to-find defensive linemen that the state seems to annually produce in bundles. (CBS Sports)
DE Jalen Dalton Among Top Risers in Class of 2015Dalton’s junior film is so impressive and that, combined with our Recruiting Insider Ryan Bartow seeing him in person, made him a five-star prospect according to 247Sports- perhaps even a no-brainer. (247 Sports)
Like father, like son for Austin ProehlNothing Ricky Proehl did as a coach or has done since as a coach compares to watching his son Austin Proehl, a senior at Charlotte's Providence High, sign with North Carolina. Proud father moments usually do outweigh individual accomplishments -- even if the father went to Wake Forest, an ACC rival of UNC. "A year prior to this there wasn't a whole lot of options," Ricky said. "He worked his tail off in the offseason, went to some camps and opened some eyes." Good coaching didn't hurt. (ESPN.com)
The Carolinas Annually Produce Elite High School Defensive LinemenNorth Carolina is just as deep with four of the state’s top 10 prospects being defensive linemen, including the top three overall. Five-star defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, four-star defensive end Darian Roseboro, four-star defensive end Jalen Dalton and four-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson have double digit offers and basically can pick where they want to go. (Carolina Blue)
All-State Kicker Thomas Blakey to walk on at UNCReynolds has a good track record of sending walk-on football players to UNC. Thomas Blakey has kept that pipeline open, accepting a roster spot to kick for the Tar Heels. Two former Rockets players were on UNC’s roster as walk-ons in 2013 — quarterback Caleb Pressley and defensive back Justin St. Onge. Blakey earned All-WNC honors in 2013 after breaking 14 school kicking records. He was also the only placekicker selected to The Associated Press all-state team. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Video: Football Recruiting Analyst JC Shurburtt Talks Tar Heels247Sports national director of recruiting JC Shurburtt breaks down the Tar Heels 2014 class. Here's an in-depth look at what UNC fans can expect from some of the signees headed to Chapel Hill. (Carolina Blue)
Audio: Larry Fedora Talks Recruiting On The David Glenn ShowOn National Signing Day, head coach Larry Fedora of the UNC Tar Heels was a guest on The David Glenn Show, and of course, the Heels' freshly-signed 2014 class was front and center in the discussion. (ACC Sports Journal)
Elijah Hood leads 22-player class at UNCFrom now on, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora won’t have to worry about having fewer scholarships to hand out. Fedora announced a class of 22 players Wednesday during signing day — the Tar Heels’ last under NCAA sanctions that reduced the number of scholarships by 15 over three years. Rivals.com rated it the 20th-best class in the nation while Scout.com had it pegged at No. 31. The key signee is Charlotte running back Elijah Hood. The state’s AP prep player of the year enrolled in January. (Washington Post)
Video: Larry Fedora Signing Day Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and Assistant Head Coach for Offense Seth Littrell discuss UNC's 2014 football signing class.
Larry Fedora on the 2014 Recruiting ClassNorth Carolina coach Larry Fedora spoke with reporters on Wednesday about his 2014 signing class. Here's a rundown: Fedora was surprised by Russell Bodine's departure for the NFL. That's why he had to chase Jared Cohen late in the process. UNC has filled both vacancies on the coaching staff, but Fedora refuses to say who those hires are. (Carolina Blue)
Signing Day Updates: Meet UNC's 2014 Football Recruiting ClassMeet the UNC Football Signing Day class of 2014. Check back throughout the day as National Letters of Intent continue to roll in. Read More...
Video: Larry Fedora Signing Day Class BreakdownNorth Carolina Football Head Coach Larry Fedora goes in depth with Jones Angell on the 2014 Signing Day Class.