OL Donell Stanley nearing decisionOffensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta attended South Carolina's Camp Friday afternoon along with his mother, little brother and Latta assistant coach Chris German. Stanley attended an Alabama camp earlier this month and German said Friday night right now South Carolina and Alabama are Stanley's top two. Clemson and North Carolina are the others on his short list. German said. Stanley has no other visits planned and that a decision is close. (Palmetto Sports)
Florida DB Ronnie Harrison is UNC's first 2015 football commitment2015 defensive back Ronnie Harrison (Florida State University School, Tallahassee, FL) has committed to North Carolina. Harrison, 6'2" 190 pounds, currently plays cornerback but with his size and coverage skills at such a young age, he may project as a safety at the college level.
The Tar Heels were the first to offer Harrison, who visited the North Carolina campus earlier this summer and chose UNC over scholarship offers from South Florida, Massachusetts, East Carolina, Wake Forest, and Northern Illinois. He is the first commitment to UNC's 2015 football recruiting class.
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Tar Heels lead for 2015 Florida LB Andre SmithTrinity high school in Florida has been a recent school where North Carolina has looked at football recruits, already offering defensive tackle Kendrick Norton and also getting in touch with linebacker Andre Smith. UNC was the first team to offer Smith back in January and has been Smith's top school so far during his recruitment: "My top school is North Carolina right now but would really like to check out LSU, Florida, Clemson, and Florida State. But, my top school is North Carolina." (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Linebacker Ty Tomlin the latest to pick Tar HeelsNorth Carolina continues to pick up talent from Cobb County. Marietta’s Tyrell Tomlin became the latest local football player to commit to the Tar Heels, joining two safeties — Wheeler’s Allen Artis and North Cobb’s Cameron Albright — who announced their decisions last month. Tomlin committed last Wednesday and settled on his final five — North Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, NC State and Kentucky — before going with the Tar Heels. (Marietta Daily Journal)
ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal DivisionThe ACC Football Kickoff was last weekend, but that doesn’t mean that class of 2014 recruits weren’t still committing to their schools of choice. Miami and North Carolina have gained four and three commitments, respectively, since our last update. The Tar Heels picked up three recruitse, most notably four-star OL Bentley Spain. ESPN touts Spain as the 11th-best OL in the nation and 10th-best recruit in North Carolina. (ACC Sports Journal)
Video: North Carolina QB commit Caleb Henderson talks UNC at campBurke (Va.) Lake Braddock quarterback and 2014 North Carolina commit Caleb Henderson spoke with CarolinaBlue.com recently about his recruiting efforts behind the scenes, his summer training, and how he's preparing for his upcoming senior season.
OT Bentley Spain commits to Tar HeelsProvidence High offensive lineman Bentley Spain committed to play football at North Carolina during a visit to the school Friday, according to Providence athletic director Chuck Lansing. Lansing said earlier this week that Spain, a 6-foot-6, 292-pound senior, had narrowed his decision to North Carolina and Stanford. Spain is ranked by ESPN as the No. 11 offensive lineman in his class and the No. 10 senior recruit in North Carolina. (Charlotte Observer)
DT Ricky Walker lists UNC in top-5Lineman Ricky Walker has narrowed his list of scholarship offers to five. He says it’s not set in stone. The five, in alphabetical order: North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Regarding UNC: “It’s a beautiful campus in Chapel Hill and they were one of the first schools to offer me. Coach (Randy, an assistant) Jordan is doing a good job recruiting me. I’ve visited (unofficially) a couple of times and I have a good feeling down there.” (Daily Press)
Walt Bell On A Tear For The Tar Heels On Recruiting TrailNorth Carolina tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Walt Bell has been on an absolute tear on the recruiting trail. While the entire Tar Heels staff recruits as a team and develop relationships with all of the top recruits, the Dickson (Tenn.) native has been personally influential in gaining commitments from 11 of North Carolina’s 18 commitments (Carolina Blue)
Linebacker Ty Tomlin Commits to North CarolinaTy Tomlin verbally committed to North Carolina on Wednesday, several days after visiting Chapel Hill. Throughout the recruiting process, Tomlin, a 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker from Marietta (Ga.), collected scholarship offers from Arkansas, Clemson, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, NC State, and Tennessee. Tomlin is UNC’s fourth verbal commitment from Cobb County, Ga. – Cameron Albright, Allen Artis, and Ayden Bonilla being his predecessors. (Inside Carolina)
UNC's 7-on-7 PreviewHigh Schools from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia will partake in the Tar Heels’ 7 on 7 Team Camp on Friday. From an individual standpoint, three UNC verbal commitments will participate – Malik Carney, Jeremiah Clarke, and Avery Edwards. Also, Juval Mollette, one of the top in-state prospects, will be on hand. Here is a list of teams expected to participate in the camp, according to various sources. (Inside Carolina)
"Beast of the Hill" Returns FridayNorth Carolina's football program has been hosting the Beast of the Hill seven-on-seven event going back to the Butch Davis era, and Larry Fedora and his staff have carried on the tradition by welcoming back several more high school programs and prospects to campus for the 2013 edition, set for Friday on the UNC practice fields and inside Kenan Stadium. Approximately a dozen high schools from throughout the Carolinas and Virginia will make their way to Chapel Hill for Friday's event, including two schools that feature UNC commitments. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Tar Heels deepen secondary with Stewart commitmentUNC landed a top-notch secondary prospect Monday in Marvin "M.J.'' Stewart of Arlington, Va. A 6-foot, 185-pounder who plays at Yorktown High School, Stewart is a highly sought cornerback prospect who also had offers from Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Old Dominion, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia. Rivals.com rates him the nation's No. 32 cornerback prospect. (Fayetteville Observer)
2014 Athlete M.J. Stewart Commits to UNCSticking to his plan to verbally commit to a school in July, M.J. Stewart pledged to North Carolina on Monday. Stewart, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete from Arlington (Va.) Yorktown, selected UNC over fellow finalists Michigan State, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. (Inside Carolina)
ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal DivisionIn the Coastal Division, there are significantly fewer new commitments this week than there have been in the last couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t significant. With the additions of some four- and five-star recruits, schools such as Virginia and Miami are putting together strong recruiting classes. The Tar Heels haven’t gained any recruits, but they still have four-star QB Caleb Henderson on their commitment list. (ACC Sports Journal)