2014 OL Bentley Spain honored by Army All-American Bowl inviteBentley Spain was sitting in class when he received a text message Wednesday saying he had been invited to compete in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "I had to contain myself," he said. For Spain, a 6-feet-6, 293-pound offensive tackle from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence and the No. 100 overall prospect in the 247Composite, the invitation came three days after he had a dominant showing at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte. (Carolina Blue)
2014 DE Da’Shawn Hand not sweating the recruiting processFor the most part, Hand said, recruiters honored his hibernation. He went to North Carolina’s junior day last weekend and his planned trip to Michigan, coinciding with the start of the Wolverines’ spring practice, apparently has Ann Arbor buzzing. (Washington Post)
2014 Athlete Elijah Hood Thinking Local, May Drop Notre Dame from Top SpotRecent comments made by Notre Dame target and five-star running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, NC Charlotte Catholic) suggest that the Fighting Irish could be losing their lead for one of the most productive backs in the nation over the past two seasons with 5,291 yards and 83 touchdowns. Hood currently lists Notre Dame as his leader, but that could be a tenuous situation after he spoke with Tom Van Haaren of WolverineNation.com. (Rant Sports)
WR Trevion Thompson Impressed with Tar HeelsFour-star wide receiver recruit, Trevion Thompson, is just a little over a week past his visit to the University of North Carolina. And apparently he's still rather impressed with the Tar Heels. However, there is no word from Thompson on if the Tar Heels have moved higher up his list or not. His top choices are currently Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, and West Virginia. He has received an offer from those four schools as well as North Carolina. (Old North Banter)
Video: Linebacker Cayson Collins says UNC leads by "a lot"Outside linebacker Cayson Collins from Charlotte, NC (O'Berry Academy) discusses his top-3 schools of North Carolina, NC State, and Clemson, his upcoming visit schedule, and his timeline for making a decision:
UNC DE Commit Robert Dinkins VTO Prep 100 Workout Highlights247Sports got an up-close look at UNC defensive end/linebacker commit Robert Dinkins of Charlotte (N.C.) Renaissance Olympic at Sunday's VTO Sports Prep 100 camp. Here are some clips of Dinkins, who says he remains 100 percent firm to the Tar Heels, in action. (Carolina Blue)
Catching up with UNC cornerback signee Brian Walker247Sports caught up with North Carolina 2013 cornerback signee Brian Walker on Sunday in his hometown. How eager is the three-star player to get to Chapel Hill, and what does he think about his chances for early playing time? Walker talked about that and more in this video interview. (Carolina Blue)
North Carolina leads for 2014 OG Josh AllenClass of 2014 offensive guard Josh Allen recently made a visit from his hometown Jacksonville, Florida, to Chapel Hill. On Wednesday, Allen told 247sports.com that UNC is his top school and his favorite. The 6’3?, 285 pound three-star guard has received offers from ten schools including North Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Missouri, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Western Michigan. (Old North Banter)
NC State sends amazing letter to potential 2014 recruit: You = Baller [Photo]Forget Oprah. Toss Dr. Phil in the gutter. If you want to build up a teenagers’ self-esteem, get Drew Hughes on the case. Hughes, formerly with UCF, was brought aboard by NC State specifically to bring in superstar recruits and if this letter is any indication, the dude is on point. The picture was taken by 2014 recruit Dexter Wright. (Gamedayr.com)
LB Kemmi Pettway lands preferred walkon spot with Tar HeelsEverybody around Garinger had always told Kemmi Pettway that his day would come. Pettway said North Carolina assistant Gunter Brewer offered him a preferred walk-on spot with the Tar Heels. It’s not a scholarship, but there’s a chance to earn one. In nine games last season at linebacker, Pettway had 116 tackles. He had 92 solo tackles, forced six fumbles and recovered three. “Man, he’s an outstanding football player,” Garinger basketball coach Joshua Coley said of Pettway, who plays power forward on the hoops team. (Charlotte Observer)
2014 Athlete Elijah Hood Visits North Carolina2014 running back/inside linebacker Elijah Hood unofficially visited the North Carolina Tar Heels on March 9th. Hood has offers from eighteen teams. The teams to have offered at him include: Notre Dame, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Stanford, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. (FanSided 150)
Kicker Freeman Jones commits to UNCKicker Freeman Jones (Bunn, N.C./Bunn) has committed to sign with North Carolina, multiple sources report. Last fall, Jones connected on 8 of 10 field goal attempts and sent more than 80 percent of kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks. He's North Carolina's third 2014 pledge, joining cornerback Tajze Battle (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) and defensive end Robert Dinkins (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic), who both committed last June. (ESPN.com)
Former UNC football signee Donavan Tate enduring baseball strugglesDonavan Tate was a highly rated quarterback prospect back in 2009 when he reported for football practice at North Carolina. But after one day of practice with the Tar Heels, Tate left school to pursue his other talent – baseball. Tate's career detours have included a shoulder injury resulting from an accident on an all-terrain vehicle that cost him part of the 2010 season, and a 50-game suspension in 2011 after he tested positive for synthetic cannabis. (Fayetteville Observer)
Big Recruiting Weekend on Tap for UNC Basketball, FootballThe annual North Carolina-Duke basketball showdown in Chapel Hill is always a big weekend for recruiting, and this year is no exception. Many of UNC's top basketball and football recruits will be attending the game, the most prominent being Andrew Wiggins, the consensus #1 basketball player in the 2013 class who will be on his official visit.
Five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn from the 2014 class will also be in attendance, as will current Carolina basketball commits Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Justin Jackson, and possibly Isaiah Hicks. Other top talent includes 2016 PF Harry Giles, 2015 SG Luke Kennard, and 2014 SG Theo Pinson.
A strong contingent of Carolina's top football recruits will also be on campus. Here's the full (unofficial) list of basketball and football recruits expected to visit Chapel Hill this weekend.
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, March 7Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech have not received a verbal commitment since our last update two weeks ago. Rivals.com rescinded its original three-star rating on Virginia Tech defensive end commit Vincent Mihota and has yet to report another rating. (ACC Sports Journal)