ACC football recruiting scorecardNorth Carolina: Current commitments: 18; The Tar Heels have put together one of the best classes in the country, ranking No. 18 in the Top 25 class rankings. There is still hope for one more -- ESPN 150 receiver Marquez North, who is said to be choosing between North Carolina and Tennessee. ESPN150 commitments: 1; ESPN300 commitments: 5 (THT Update: Marquez North committed to Tennessee Wednesday) (ESPN.com)
Marquez North commits to TennesseeOne of the top remaining targets for North Carolina's 2013 football recruiting class will not be signing with the Tar Heels next week. Marquez North, a 4-star wide receiver from Charlotte, NC (Mallard Creek HS), announced via Twitter Wednesday night that he will be signing with the Tennessee Volunteers next Wednesday:
@Numero8_thebest: "I will be going to Tennesse in the fall"
North was scheduled to host UNC coach Larry Fedora on an in-home visit Thursday, but apparently North had already made up his mind that he was going to Tennessee and didn't feel the need to hear Fedora's final pitch.
5-star DE Carl Lawson skips UNC visit, down to three schoolsIt’s down to Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson for Carl Lawson, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder thought about taking an official visit to North Carolina this weekend, but decided to focus on academics. “No, he didn’t go anywhere,” his father, Carl Lawson Sr., told the AJC. “He had to do the SAT, and he also has some schoolwork for next week, so that would tough to fit all that in.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Mitch Trubisky is "a Manziel-type recruiting sleeper"2013 QB recruits who can make an instant impact: Mitch Trubisky, Mentor High (Mentor, Ohio) - It seems unlikely that anyone will unseat Bryn Renner as UNC's starter next season, but Trubisky certainly has the pedigree to step in if Renner goes down. The Tar Heel pledge passed for 4,065 yards, rushed for 1,129 yards and scored 60 total touchdowns as a senior to generate hype as a Manziel-type recruiting sleeper. (Sports Illustrated)
Ryan Switzer named Parade All-AmericanGeorge Washington senior Ryan Switzer has already made a key mental transition. "For me, high school's done," Switzer said Sunday afternoon. "I don't play any high school sports. I view myself right now as a freshman at a high Division I school; one that's going to be successful next year and in years to come, so the goal is to prepare myself for next season." (Charleston Daily Mail)
5-Star DE Carl Lawson to Visit UNC Saturday (UPDATED)Update: 247 Sports cites confirmed reports that Lawson's visit to UNC has been cancelled due primarily to the weather.
Auburn commit Carl Lawson will visit with Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels staff today in Chapel Hill. Lawson of the 2013 class 6-2 253 pounds ranked as the #2 overall player in the class, Lawson is very physical and quick off the ball. (Keeping It Heel)
Five storylines: ACC football recruitingHow big will the Tar Heels' imprint in North Carolina be?North Carolina began the day with the No. 24 class in the country, and much of its success has come in state. At last check, six of the top-16 prospects in the Tar Heel state were UNC commits -- headlined by four-star all-purpose back T.J. Logan (Greensboro, N.C./Northern Guilford). That is significant because in recent years the program's in-state recruiting had slipped some. (Carolina Blue)
Jarran Reed, Marquez North visiting Tar HeelsNorth Carolina is expecting to welcome a nice group of official visitors this weekend as it tries to wrap up its 2013 recruiting class. The Tar Heels are hosting two prospects whom they hope to convince to play their college football in Chapel Hill. Jarran Reed, a four-star JUCO defensive tackle from East Mississippi Community College, is a current Ole Miss commit, but he will be on campus, as will MarQuez North, an uncommitted four-star wide receiver from Charlotte, N.C., Mallard Creek High School. (SB Nation)
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, Jan. 18Buford, Ga., product Mikey Bart had committed to South Florida as a tight end, but recently flipped his commitment to UNC, where he was recruited to play defensive end. Dual-threat quarterback James Summers and defensive end Monte Taylor, who both currently attend Hargrave Military Academy, will head to junior colleges after failing to meet the academic standards required to attend UNC. (ACC Sports Journal)
DT Demetri McGill looks to set up UNC visitMcGill said he has offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Temple. He wants to visit ECU soon and hopes to set up an official to UNC on the 25th. “Everything should fall into place there,” he said. “I’ve just accepted [Maryland’s decision]. I’ll find somewhere else to go.” (Baltimore Sun)
5-star DE Carl Lawson still committed to Auburn, looking at Ole Miss, Clemson, UNCAside from Auburn, Lawson is also looking at Ole Miss, Clemson and North Carolina. He plans to set official visits with the Rebels, Tigers and Tar Heels after this week. "Ole Miss has a great staff," Lawson said. "Clemson is a great school. North Carolina is a great academic school. They have a great staff." (SB Nation)
DB Korrin Wiggins will be Signing Day decisionDB Korrin Wiggins of Durham made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and told his coach this morning everything went well. "He really enjoyed it," Anthony King said. "He enjoyed meeting everybody, the guys on the team, the older guys who played there and the coaching staff. He liked what they had to offer as a university." (Palmetto Sports)
Four UNC Football Commitments In Final Top247 RankingsFour UNC football commitments and two remaining targets have made the final cut for the Top247 national prospect rankings. Headlining the selections is Mentor (Ohio) high four-star quarterback Mitch Trubisky, an early enrollee. Trubisky ascended into the top 100 a month ago after a stellar senior season and finishes at No. 79, eight spots up from the last update. Trubisky winds up ranked as the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback and moved from a 94 to 95 rating. (Carolina Blue)
UNC DB commit Korrin Wiggins reopens recruitmentThe Hillside High School football recruiting well, among the deepest in the state, is developing as many storylines as it is major college prospects this winter. Senior defensive back Korrin Wiggins, who gave a verbal commitment to North Carolina on national signing day in February, remains “committed” to the Tar Heels — at least for now. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Marquez North visits TennesseeNew Volunteers head coach Butch Jones is hoping to make a splash with his first recruiting class in Knoxville, Tenn. Jones could go a long way toward accomplishing that by plucking ESPN 150 wideout target Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) from out of state. Tennessee hosted North on an official visit back on October and it was able to get North back on campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. (ESPN.com)