UNC Football Signee Update: Luke ElderLike most incoming freshmen, Luke Elder has spent the past months preparing for his UNC career. But there’s one sizable difference: the offensive lineman’s workout routine has overlapped with a bout with cancer. “I was able to continue working out, continue doing legs – continue everything during the radiation treatment,” Elder said. (Inside Carolina)
Video: Gators Continue to Push Hard for Tar Heels RB Commit Adarius LemonsScout 300 running back and North Carolina Tar Heels commit, Adarius Lemons, tells Scout.com that Florida is making the strongest push to flip his commitment, and both schools recently attended his spring game as well.
2018 Georgia CB Donte Burton Holds UNC OfferDonte Burton is a 2018 cornerback out of Georgia and he felt he would get offers, but having close to 10 before his sophomore year ended caught him by surprise. Since April 1, Colorado, Georgia State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest have offered the 5-foot-11, 171 pounder out of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett a scholarship. (Scout.com)
Cade Fortin emerging as one of the top 2018 QBs in the SouthCade Fortin has emerged this spring as a top 2018 quarterback in the state of Georgia. He is closing in on double digit offers. He is now 6-foot-2, 202 pounds, so he has great size. He also really throws a good ball. After Cal offered early in 2016, others like UNC, Louisville, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Oklahoma State and Kentucky have pulled the trigger to make him a 2018 target. (Scout.com)
Video: UNC WR Pledge J.T. Cauthen Has Visits on the MindNorth Carolina pledge J.T. Cauthen continues to entertain the idea of visiting Georgia, but tells Inside Carolina there's nothing for UNC to worry about. The four-star wide receiver will definitely return to Fedora's Freak Show for a record third time.
2017 Offensive Lineman Brian Anderson Thrilled To Have UNC's OfferBrian Anderson was thrilled to visit North Carolina last fall. He was at Kenan Stadium for the Miami game, but prior to that trip he knew very little about the school and its football program. Since, however, Anderson has learned a lot, which will come in handy now that an offer from UNC is going to factor into whatever college decision he eventually makes. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
UNC football signee Luke Elder: "I'd like to share my story"Right now, Luke Elder is cancer free. The second surgery revealed that the growth had not spread. He will still get regular tests and be close to Duke's medical center for his checkups and medical treatments. The goal has been to get 100% ready to do everything football and workout-wise necessary in preparation for enrollment at UNC in less than a month. (Carolina Blue)
UNC offers Alabama lineman Brian AndersonNorth Carolina has offered 2017 offensive guard/center Brian Anderson (Montgomery, AL), the recruit told CarolinaBlue Tuesday evening. The three star prospect is 6-3, 281 pounds, and can play guard or center at the next level. Anderson currently holds 31 offers including tenders from Indiana, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, and East Carolina, among others. (Carolina Blue)
North Carolina's football recruiting class could be an exception to the ruleWhile Maryland has some momentum at the moment, If I had to choose the outsider likeliest to stay atop the rankings, I'd pick North Carolina, the current No. 13. The Tar Heels had an excellent 2015 season on the field and made progress in recruiting, too. Larry Fedora has a good recruiting staff, and UNC looks poised for another successful season. (SB Nation)
Former UNC DB signee James Pierre commits to SyracuseSafety James Pierre (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) committed to Syracuse early Saturday afternoon. "I chose Syracuse because of the academics and what they can do for me education wise," Pierre said. Pierre signed with UNC in February and received his release May 4. Pierre was denied admissions by UNC. He said he's slated to enroll at Syracuse July 2. (247 Sports)
UNC joins the hunt for 5-star QB Tate MartellLess than a week after 5-star quarterback Tate Martell decommitted from Texas A&M, two ACC programs have joined the hunt for the 2017 signal-caller. Martell took to his personal Twitter account on Monday to announce new offers from a trio of schools that includes North Carolina and Pittsburgh. (ACC Sports Journal)
The impact of academic reputation in football recruitingIt's the age old question: Does high level academics help or hurt your school in recruiting? On one side of the argument is the fact that tough academic standards can limit who the admissions department can admit into the school. There are dozens of situations where a coaching staff cannot even recruit a certain prospect because his grades and test scores are too low. (Carolina Blue)
Video: 2018 offensive tackle Avery Jones has chance to be big-time prospectAvery Jones had a strong sophomore campaign last fall and has continued to improve over the past several months. Due to his efforts, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jones has picked up scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State and Charlotte, while Clemson and South Carolina are also showing interest. (Scout.com)
2017 DB Devon Hunter says Tar Heels ‘stand out’The race is on to land class of 2017 defensive back Devon Hunter out of Virginia. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds Hunter is listed as the fourth-best safety prospect in teh 2017 class and is a composite four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. After years of recruiting, Hunter has five schools that really stand out to him. The defensive back says that UNC is one of those five schools. (Keeping It Heel)
Scotland Senior’s Zamir White might be nation’s best football player in 2018 classNational recruiting analyst Chad Simmons of Scout.com said he didn’t have to watch Scotland Senior High sophomore running back Zamir White too long to know he’s special. White, who plays at a class 4A school about two hours east of Charlotte, is ranked among the nation’s top five recruits by most recruiting services. He’s considered the No.1-rated player at his position. (Charlotte Observer)