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No. 1 Dexter Lawrence is a rare football talent

Rare. Elite. Stud. Monster. Those are words some of the nation’s top recruiting analysts have used to describe Dexter Lawrence. And apparently a majority of the nation’s Football Bowl Subdivision coaches agree since almost half of them have offered the Wake Forest defensive tackle scholarships. That includes six of the programs ranked among the first 10 in The Associated Press’ final Top 25 poll, starting with national champion Ohio State. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels on Top for 2018 QB James Foster

6-foot-3, 193 pound sophomore quarterback James Foster, out of Montgomery (Ala.) Sydney Lanier, can throw and run. He calls himself a "dual-threat" quarterback. Foster said, "I can throw it like Jeremy Johnson (Auburn) and I can run it like Deshaun Watson (Clemson)." Mississippi State and North Carolina have offered Foster a scholarship. He is hearing from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Kentucky. UNC is on top. (Inside Carolina)

UNC football commitment Noah Turner excited about role in his high school offense

Noah Turner is having the time of his life this summer. Carmel's preseason camp and 7-on-7 passing competitions have never looked so good to the 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior tight end who has verbally committed to North Carolina. The reason? He played 11 games last fall for Carmel (7-4) and caught all of 13 passes. This summer, during camp and 7-on-7s, more than 13 are being thrown his way every workout. (Chicago Tribune)

ACC football team recruiting rankings update

With the season fast approaching, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the current class of 2016 recruiting in the ACC. The highest ACC team in the national team recruiting rankings is Florida State at No. 3 according to the 247Sports Composite. The Miami Hurricanes are a few spots behind the Seminoles at No. 10. The third team in the ACC team recruiting rankings at No. 22 nationally, is Duke. And UNC is fourth in the ACC at No. 24 nationally. (Carolina Blue)

Scout Spotlight: Kyree Campbell

In this Scout Spotlight video, you'll see what makes UNC commitment Kyree Campbell an important addition to the future of the Tar Heel line. Campbell describes his game as "fast, energetic, versatile" and you can see those attributes in the Spotlight. Campbell has all the tools to be a dominant three-technique. He carries his 300-plus pounds very well, moves with the ease of a edge rushing defensive end and shows quick hands. (Scout.com)

Tomon Fox's Stock Is Rising

UNC defensive end commitment Tomon Fox is due a rankings boost. Over the past two seasons, Fox has sacked the quarterback over two dozen times as part of the Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill defense. He has had to face offenses that roll the pocket away from him, run to the opposite side, and do all it can do to take him out of the game. It is not that easy. (Inside Carolina)

Kyree Campbell discusses commitment to North Carolina football

As Kyree Campbell’s seventh visit to North Carolina winded back to the football offices, the Woodbridge defensive lineman ceded his position as highly touted recruit to the woman sitting next to him. Of all the 40-plus schools that pursued Campbell during the last couple years — the Alabamas, Auburns, South Carolinas and Tennessees — the Tar Heels had sold themselves the best. (Washington Post)

Top 60 high school athletes for 2016: No. 7 Dexter Lawrence

It’s fun to watch Dexter Lawrence play football — unless you’re on the other team. Lawrence has a unique combination of speed and strength that allows him to blow up offensive plays, terrorize quarterbacks and swallow running backs. “I’ve gotten more aggressive,” said the 6-5, 310-pound Lawrence. “When it gets serious, I do my best and have fun.” (USA Today)

Analysis: UNC Football Commitment Jonathan Smith

What a day for UNC football. The Heels picked up a second big in-state commitment on Friday when Jonathan Smith chose UNC over Duke and others. Just about 12 hours after four-star all-purpose back Jordon Brown committed to UNC, fellow in-state recruit Jonathan Smith followed suit at an announcement at Scotland County on Friday evening. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tomon Fox Has 'Motor That Won't Quit'

What type of player and person is North Carolina getting in defensive end commitment Tomon Fox? The best person to answer that question is Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach. Reach has watched the 6-3 Fox blossom over the last few years into an elite player coming off the edge, which is exactly what UNC needed as part of its 2016 recruiting class. "He’s a great pass rusher," Reach said. "He’s all over the field, he’s got a motor that won’t quit." (Inside Carolina)

Why is running back Jordon Brown's commitment so important for UNC?

On Friday morning, 2016 all-purpose running back Jordon Brown (Durham, NC/Southern) committed to North Carolina, picking the Heels over South Carolina and Wake Forest and offers from West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and N.C. State, among others. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound versatile prospect, Brown was UNC's No. 1 target for the running back spot in the 2016 class. (Carolina Blue)

Q&A with 2016 UNC commit Jonathan Smith

Recent UNC linebacker commit Jonathan Smith: "Wednesday I talked to Coach (Papuchis) and he just told me that Carolina was the place that I needed to be and I believed him. The last visit I took, they showed me a lot about the school and what they have to offer, and I just made up my mind that I'm going to be a Tar Heel. It was a lot of going back and forth, seeing what Duke had to offer and what North Carolina had to offer and it was just North Carolina outweighed Duke." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Jonathan Smith's Announcement

Jonathan Smith only needed to say one word. And even that probably wasn't necessary. The Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County linebacker reached into the bag, pulled out a North Carolina hat, placed it on his head and said "Carolina." No further explanation to the cheering crowd at the community event was necessary. (Inside Carolina)

Scotland High linebacker Jonathan Smith will go to North Carolina

Jonathan Smith wanted to share one of the most important decisions of his young life with his adopted hometown. The Scotland High School linebacker did so with style and fanfare Friday when he selected North Carolina as his college destination over Duke. Smith, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder, made the announcement before a crowd of more than 500, including his Fighting Scots teammates, during intermission of a "Friday After Five'' concert at the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex. (Fayetteville Observer)

Chizik, defensive staff impacting recruiting

With 2016 middle linebacker Jonathan Smith (Laurinburg, NC/Scotland County) committing to North Carolina on Friday evening, the new UNC defensive staff have been able to come in and lock down a number of the Tar Heels' top targets in this class. Smith credit UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and linebackers coach John Papuchis as big roles in his decision to become a Tar Heel. (Carolina Blue)

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