Larry Fedora, UNC assistants talk spring recruiting strategiesNorth Carolina finished spring practice on Saturday, so Larry Fedora’s staff is spending this week tightening up plans for spring recruiting. Today, I visited with Fedora, Vic Koenning (associate head coach for defense / safeties coach), Gunter Brewer (co-offensive coordinator / wide receivers), and Keith Heckendorf (quarterbacks / recruiting coordinator) about spring recruiting, changes in recruiting, evaluating players, and why it’s so important to get players to visit campus. (CoachingSearch.com)
TE Chris Clark de-commits from UNCThe Ohio State coaching staff had to start looking at other options at tight end when Avon (Conn.) Old Farms prospect Chris Clark committed to North Carolina in mid-March. But now Clark, a four-star prospect whom Rivals.com rates as the No. 7 tight end in the 2015 recruiting class, Tweeted late Saturday night that he has decided to reopen his recruitment. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Garner's Nyheim Hines fueled by sibling rivalryWhen they were both seven years old, Nyheim Hines and his twin sister Nyah were running on a track at N.C. State University, supervised by their father Darrin Hines. Like most brother and sister duos, the sibling rivalry between the two was heated. Now juniors in high school, Nyah is a successful track athlete and volleyball player at Garner. Nyheim is one of the most explosive high school running backs in the nation with college offers from Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest, just to name a few. (High School OT)
ATH Carl Tucker commits to UNCConcord (N.C.) Hough high school athlete Carl Tucker committed to North Carolina on Saturday. He choose the Tar Heels over offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee and others. The 6-1, 225-pound prospect recently some thoughts on UNC. “The coaches (at North Carolina) are awesome," Tucker said. "They’re easy to get along with. I know they can coach me. I know they do well. They’re intense, loud, exciting, and they know how to have fun sometimes.” (Carolina Blue)
OT William Sweet Commits To UNCNorth Carolina made another splash today at the spring game when it landed Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast offensive tackle William Sweet. The 6-5, 270-pounder holds offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami and many others, but in the end, he couldn’t pass on playing for the Tar Heels. “It’s a special place and the coaches are incredible,” Sweet told CarolinaBlue.com. (Carolina Blue)
Austin Proehl's JournalFuture Tar Heel Austin Proehl, a wide receiver from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence, is filing regular journal entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June. "I guess I started playing football when I was seven in St. Louis when my dad was with the Rams. At that point in his career, we moved back and forth from St. Louis to Greensboro." (Inside Carolina)
Athlete Jaylend Ratliffe commits to Georgia TechQuarterback Jaylend Ratliffe of Laurinburg, N.C., has committed to Georgia Tech, according to multiple reports. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Ratliff also had offers from North Carolina, N.C. State and Wofford. He is rated as a 3-star and the state’s No. 28 overall prospect, along with the nation’s No. 76 athlete. “I want to win a championship,” Ratliffe told 247sports.com’s Ryan Bartow. “I want to make money. I want to be a Yellow Jacket.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
UNC football commits, targets shine in CharlotteTwo UNC commits, quarterback Anthony Ratliff and cornerback Corey Bell, were awarded position MVPs by the NFTC coaching staff while a number of targets and even players that could be classified as Tar Heel “leans” performed well. ??That’s just in the 2015 class. After seeing Class of 2016 North Carolina running back commit Antonio Williams in person, there is little doubt why the folks in Chapel Hill are excited about this early pledge. (247 Sports)
4-Star OT Mason Veal Commits to UNCMason Veal, a 2015 4-star offensive tackle from Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte NC, committed to UNC Friday evening. Veal committed during the Tar Heels' spring scrimmage being held at Veal's high school.
Veal also announced his commitment via Twitter:
Mason Veal @callme_elgrande: I am officially committed to the University of North Carolina! #GoHeels
Veal turned down scholarship offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina and Miami to become the sixth commitment in UNC's 2015 football recruiting class.
Here's a look at Veal's junior season highlight video.
Fedora, Staff Defending Home Turf on Recruiting TrailThe Tar Heel football recruiting process for 2015 is already in full swing. Head Coach Larry Fedora and his staff have their eyes on some big-time targets as they continue to build up the program. Fedora had the chance to bring a few key N.C. targets in to his office last weekend including Juval Mollete, Jalen Dalton and Emanuel McGirt. He pointed out the possible accomplishments the UNC football program can achieve if they all choose to stay and defend their home turf. (Chapelboro.com)
UNC Commit Anthony Ratliff Among Top Performers At Atlanta Elite 11 QB CampThroughout the day, Ratliff showed poise, confidence and a clear understanding of what was being asked of him in each drill. The solid Tar Heel commitment does not possess a cannon for an arm, the ball came out tight and Ratliff excelled in dropping back and hitting intermediate and short routes. (247 Sports)
2016 WR Kyran Bowman Commits to UNCNorth Carolina made a big splash in the 2016 class when it landed New London (N.C.) North Stanly running back Antonio Williams and now, the Tar Heels have added No. 2 in that class. Havelock, N.C., wide receiver Kyran Bowman, a sophomore wide receiver, pledged to North Carolina in a press conference at his school Thursday morning. The 6-1, 175-pound prospect chose the Tar Heels over East Carolina and South Carolina. His brother, Michael Bowman, committed to South Carolina during the same press conference. (Carolina Blue)
UNC Among Four-Star WR Juval Mollette's Top FiveThis evening, four-star wide receiver Juval Mollette (Randleman, NC/Randleman) released a top five that included the Wolverines. Mollette's top group (in order): Clemson/UNC (tied), Michigan, Virginia Tech and Ohio State. Mollette has long been a target for the Michigan coaching staff since their offer to him on January 8th. (Wolverine247)
Corey Bell Is A Tar HeelCornelius (NC) Hough three-star cornerback Corey Bell is the fourth commitment for North Carolina's 2015 football recruiting class. With today's commitment, the 5-9, 165-pounder joins Tallahassee, Fla., safety Ronnie Harrison, Jacksonville, Fla., linebacker Andre Smith and Matthews, NC., quarterback Anthony Ratliff as current Tar Heel pledges. 247Sports ranks Bell as the nation's No. 76 overall cornerback and the No. 31 prospect in the state of North Carolina. (Carolina Blue)
TE Chris Clark Talks UNC CommitmentAvon (Conn.) Old Farms four-star tight end Chris Clark had no idea when he woke up on Sunday morning he'd end the day committed to North Carolina. But that's what happened when the blue-chipper pulled the trigger for the Tar Heels during his visit to Chapel Hill. "It's a crazy feeling this process is over," Clark said. (Carolina Blue)