Defensive back M.J. Stewart still mulling four finalistsYorktown defensive back M.J. Stewart finds himself in an interesting position. Nine Northern Virginia players in the Class of 2014 have committed to colleges, and he has not. And on Sunday he flies out to Oregon to compete in The Opening with 150-plus top prospects in the country. So whether locally or across the country, Stewart is amid players who have determined their futures. Meantime, he continues to chew on his four finalists — Michigan State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and North Carolina. (Washington Post)
ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal DivisionACC teams have been hard at work on the recruiting trail lately. In the Coastal Division, Pittsburgh has gone from just two commitments to 12, but Miami still leads the division with 18 commitments from the 2014 recruiting class. The Tar Heels earned a commitment from another T.C. Williams player when LB Malik Carney decided to follow teammate DT Jeremiah Clarke. UNC also snagged a commitment from three-star recruit and two-way lineman Josh Allen. (ACC Sports Journal)
UNC, N.C. State building top-20 2014 football recruiting classesThe recent additions for N.C. State give the Wolfpack the 18th-ranked recruiting class in the nation, right next to rival North Carolina, according to Rivals. The recruiting service ranks the Tar Heels at No. 17. UNC’s 2014 class is led by quarterback Caleb Henderson and running back D'Ernest Johnson, both four-star recruits. North Carolina has garnered 16 commitments from the 2014 class, including eight in June. The class has four recruits from within the state. (Charlotte Observer)
ACC football recruiting scorecardNorth Carolina - Current commitments: 16; Spotlight: The Tar Heels have had a huge month as well, picking up eight commitments. The biggest comes from four-star offensive guard Josh Allen out of Jacksonville, Fla. He is the second four-star to give a commitment to the Tar Heels, joining quarterback Caleb Henderson. ESPN150 commitments: 0; ESPN300 commitments: 1 (ESPN.com)
OG Josh Allen commits to UNCUniversity Christian two-way lineman Josh Allen verbally committed to North Carolina on Monday. Allen, a three-star prospect by Rivals and a key cog in the Christians' Class 2A state championship last season, is projected as a guard in college. At 6-foot-2, 280 pounds, Allen also plays on the defensive line. At UNC, Allen will join former UC teammate Marquis Haynes, a Super 24 selection who signed with the Tar Heels last February. (Florida Times-Union)
WR Josh Cabrera being pursued by UNC, NCSU, ECU and othersJosh Cabrera would love to play basketball in college, but the Northside senior knows football is likely his free pass to the next level — a pass that he is more than willing to catch and run with as far as it takes him. And why not, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound wide receiver, who a year ago led the area in catches (30), receiving yards (625) and touchdown receptions (13), seems to catch about everything that’s thrown his way. (Jacksonville Daily News)
Linebacker Malik Carney commits to UNC2014 linebacker Malik Carney committed to North Carolina on Saturday. Carney, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound prospect, is the second Alexandria (Va.) Williams player to commit to the Heels in a week. His teammate, Jeremiah Clarke, committed to UNC last Sunday. Carney picked North Carolina over Tennessee. He also had offers from 11 other schools, including Connecticut and Pittsburgh. (Inside Carolina)
Safety Dexter Wright commits to NC StateNorth Carolina State University picked up another in-state football recruit from the Class of 2014 on Thursday. Hunt High School safety Dexter Wright confirmed to HighSchoolOT.com on Thursday evening that he has committed to play football for the Wolfpack. At 6-foot-2 and 205-pounds, Wright is a player that many schools were interested in. The rising senior also had offers from East Carolina and North Carolina. (High School OT)
Brad Henson's Journal: Three Points of EmphasisFuture Tar Heel Brad Henson, an offensive lineman from Toms River (N.J.) Monsignor Donovan, is filing regular journal entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June. "I’m moving out of the house. I’m not going to be around my family as much – I’m pretty much going to be out on my own. I’ll have to be my own man, do my own thing, and be responsible for myself. And also, I’ll be playing football at a high level. I’m excited and I’m looking forward to it." (Inside Carolina)
Larry Fedora has unique way to attract blue-chip prospectsNorth Carolina coach Larry Fedora is one of those cutting-edge guys when it comes to recruiting. Whether it's staging spring practice scrimmages in recruiting hotspots such as Charlotte and Greensboro, or dressing the Tar Heels in the latest designs by Nike, Fedora knows how to appeal to today's prospects. Another of Fedora's attempts to attract recruits to UNC was introduced last year when the coaching staff released a video entitled, "Fedora's Freak Show.'' (Fayetteville Observer)
Ravenscroft TE Avery Edwards commits to UNCRavenscroft School's Avery Edwards made a verbal commitment Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end committed to the University of North Carolina, according to Ravenscroft football coach Ned Gonet. Edwards was sought after by a number of schools, holding offers from Appalachian State, Arkansas, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. (High School OT)
2014 RB Noah Brown names top eight2014 four-star athlete Noah Brown recently named his top eight, and schools from all over the country were represented in there. The Ohio State Buckeyes, USC Trojans, Michigan State Spartans, South Carolina Gameockcs, Virginia Tech Hokies, in-state Rutgers Scarlet Knights, Vanderbilt Commodores, and North Carolina Tar Heels all made the top eight cut for Brown. (FanSided 150)
Video: UNC DE commit Tyler Powell "Freak Show" footageMidlothian (Va.) Cosby defensive lineman Tyler Powell was in Chapel Hill for "Fedora's Freak Show". Here's footage of the action.
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal DivisionNorth Carolina: UNC picked up two defensive commitments a week ago, with Georgia DB Ayden Bonilla and Virginia defensive lineman Tyler Powell. The Tar Heels then added three more last weekend, defensive backs Allen Artis and Cameron Albright and defensive end Jeremiah Clarke. (ACC Sports Journal)
DT Jeremiah Clarke becomes UNC's third football commitment of the weekendDefensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke (6'5", 275) from T.C. Williams high school (of "Remember the Titans" fame) in Alexandria, Virginia, became North Carolina's third football commitment of the weekend when he joined Georgia safeties Allen Artis and Cam Albright in committing to the Tar Heels Sunday after attending UNC's "Freak Show" elite camp on Saturday night.
Clarke is rated a 4-star recruit by Scout.com and a 3-star recruit by both Rivals.com and 247 Sports. He becomes the 13th member of UNC's 2014 football recruiting class and the eighth defensive commitment.
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