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Elijah Hood named Army’s national player of year

Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood has been named the U.S. Army’s national player of the year. Hood received the award at a banquet on Friday in San Antonio, where he was preparing to play in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Hood, who has committed to North Carolina, rushed for Mecklenburg County-records 3,690 yards and 53 touchdowns this season. The yardage ranks second in N.C. history behind West Rowan’s Kevin Parks (3,794) and the touchdown total is third highest in state history. (Charlotte Observer)

2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Preview

The 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC live from the Alamodome in San Antonio. Ohio State and Georgia fans will have the most to watch this weekend as both Urban Meyer and Mark Richt boast six prospects respectively. Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, LSU, Oregon, Texas and North Carolina each have commitments from four prospects in San Antonio. North Carolina’s Caleb Henderson is the sixth-best QB prospect in America. (Athlon Sports)

Caleb Henderson among standouts at Army All-American Bowl

Caleb Henderson has had the chance to get acquainted with Charlotte Catholic senior running back and fellow UNC commit Elijah Hood. Henderson, who earned All-Met Offensive Player of the Year honors this past fall, should mesh well in the backfield with Hood, who’s proficient as a rusher between the tackles and as a receiving option in the flats. (Washington Post)

Army All-American punter Corbin Daly considering UNC

Corbin Daly, punter from Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, North Carolina) has officially decommitted from the University of Texas at Austin. As the #2 punter in the nation in the Class of 2014, the 6'3 190 pound football star has been highly recruited by Texas, South Carolina, UNC Chapel Hill, Ohio State, Michigan State, Texas A&M, UNC Charlotte and several other Division I universities. (SportsBlog.com)

Three UNC commits named to Associated Press North Carolina All-State football team

Three UNC commits were named to the Associated Press North Carolina All-State team this week: Running back Elijah Hood, offensive tackle Bentley Spain, and kicker Freeman Jones.

Hood was named North Carolina's Player of the Year, and all three commits are members of UNC's 2014 football recruiting class. Spain and Hood have both signed their National Letters of Intent and will enroll at UNC later this month and participate in Spring Practice with the Tar Heels.

Here's the complete list of the All-State team with each player's class and college commitment listed in parenthesis.

OFFENSE

QB-Will Grier, Davidson Day (2014, Florida)
RB-Elijah Hood, Charlotte Catholic (2014, UNC)
RB-Nyheim Hines, Garner (2015, uncommitted)
RB-Rocky Reid, Concord (2015, uncommitted)
RB-Derrell Scott, Havelock (2014, uncommitted)
WR-Corey Joyner, Lake Norman (2015, uncommitted)
WR-Maurice Trowell, Southern Durham (2014, NC State)
WR-Mykelti Armstrong, Gastonia Forestview (2014, uncommitted)
TE-Jaylen Samuels, Charlotte Mallard Creek (2014, NC State)
OL-Bentley Spain, Charlotte Providence (2014, UNC)
OL-Trip McNeill, Davie County (2014, Duke)
OL-Nathan Dalton, East Henderson (2014, Western Carolina)
OL-Kyle Erickson, Fayetteville Britt (2014, East Carolina)
OL-Omar Todman, Charlotte Mallard Creek (2014, uncommitted)

DEFENSE

DL-Lamont Gaillard, Fayetteville Pine Forest (2014, Georgia)
DL-Harold Landry, Fayetteville Pine Forest (2014, Boston College)
DL-Ikeem Allen, Charlotte Mallard Creek (2014, Ball State)
DL-Quintin Brinkley, West Forsyth (2014, uncommitted)
LB-Chris Register, Greensboro Dudley (2014, Clemson)
LB-Daishon Davis, Belmont South Point (2014, uncommitted)
LB-Coult Culler, Wilmington Laney (2014, NC State)
DB-Jaire Alexander, Rocky River (2015, uncommitted)
DB-Germaine Pratt, High Point Central (2014, NC State)
DB-Tanner Muse, Belmont South Point (2015, Clemson)
DB-Quinlyn Harris, Lincolnton (2015, uncommitted)
DB-Tre'Shun Wynn, Monroe (2014, uncommitted)

SPECIAL TEAMS

K-Thomas Blakey, Asheville Reynolds (2014, uncommitted)
K-Freeman Jones, Bunn (2014, UNC)
P-Corbin Daly, Charlotte Ardrey Kell (2014, uncommitted)
KR-Jerrick Robbins, Indian Trail Porter Ridge (2014, uncommitted)
ATH-Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman (2015, uncommitted)
ATH-Emmanuel Moseley, Greensboro Dudley (2014, Tennessee)

Elijah Hood named AP prep football player of the year for North Carolina

Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood has been named The Associated Press prep football player of the year for North Carolina. Hood, a senior, earned eight of a possible 12 votes from sports writers across the state to earn the 2013 honor in results released Wednesday. On Monday, Hood made the AP all-state team for the second straight season. Hood originally committed to Notre Dame but later switched to North Carolina. (The Republic)

UNC WR commit Josh Cabrera is Jacksonville, NC area football player of the year

Northside’s Josh Cabrera is known for his pass-catching abilities, but the senior also did his fair share of carrying this past football season. Simply put, Cabrera took a Northside squad that had lost 31 seniors from a regional final team that went 14-1 overall in 2012, and carried the Monarchs this season to their third consecutive East Central 2-A Conference title and into the third round of the NCHSAA 2-AA playoffs. (Jacksonville Daily News)

DT Marquis Haynes, denied admission to UNC, changes commitment to Ole Miss

Ole Miss received more fortune when Marquis Haynes became available. The defensive tackle from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy committed to North Caroline but couldn’t get into school. Tar Heels coaches helped Haynes land at Ole Miss after North Carolina wouldn’t admit him. “The UNC coaches told me to trust Ole Miss,” Haynes told Rebel Grove. (Mr. SEC)

Garner RB Nyheim Hines: "Ohio State is at the top"

With Nyheim Hines, Ohio State already stuck its foot in the door that was originally opened by Everett Withers. A three-star junior prospect from Garner, N.C., Hines knows the Buckeyes will be heavily involved in his recruitment until he ultimately makes a decision. Hines thinks very highly of Ohio State, and he said the Buckeyes would in his top-five if he were to officially release one. "I know Ohio State is at the top," Hines said. Just don't forget that Withers, now gone, was the man behind Ohio State's push toward the top of Hines' list. (Cleveland.com)

Linebacker Tyrell Tomlin gave Marietta all he had and then some

Marietta senior linebacker Tyrell Tomlin has had a knack for making plays at the line of scrimmage ever since he first donned pads in seventh grade. He’s been a linebacker from the very beginning. He just wrapped up the final year of his Marietta career with 109 tackles, had four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, and one sack. The 6-foot, 225-pound, North Carolina commitment, was named Cobb County/Marietta Daily Journal Defensive Player of the Year, primarily for his ability to plug holes. (Marietta Daily Journal)

LB Ty Linton, who re-committed to UNC after baseball career ended, de-commits again & chooses Pack

NC State added some linebacker depth Thursday with the addition of Ty Linton, a former UNC signee who opted to take a shot at baseball when the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted him and offered a $1.25 million signing bonus in 2010. Yeah, I'd probably take that too. (Backing the Pack)

Elijah Hood scores 3 touchdowns in Shrine Bowl loss

Two Observer-area players made huge plays in the final minutes of the 77th annual Shrine Bowl on Saturday afternoon. First, Charlotte Catholic’s Elijah Hood scored his third touchdown of the game to give North Carolina a two-point lead with 1 minute, 54 seconds left. But Rock Hill Northwestern QB Mason Rudolph drove his South Carolina team down the field before throwing the game-winning pass with 16 seconds left to Gaffney’s Shaq Davidson. South Carolina won 28-23. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC football commits to play Saturday in Shrine Bowl

The 77th North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl kicks off 1 p.m. Saturday at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The game matches the top senior high school football players in North Carolina against their S.C. counterparts. The game can be heard live on these radio affiliates. ESPNU will televise the game via tape-delay Dec. 29 at noon. Read More...

UNC WR commit Josh Cabrera to miss Shrine Bowl

Northside High standout football player Josh Cabrera will miss Saturday’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas with a fractured left hand. Cabrera, who has committed to play for the University of North Carolina, made the Shrine Bowl roster earlier this year while helping Northside to a 10-4 overall record, an East Central 2-A Conference title and a trip to the third round of the NCHSAA 2-AA playoffs. (Jacksonville Daily News)

Brandon Fritts finishes high school, to head to North Carolina

Brandon Fritts took his last final exams at Mentor on Thursday. When he walked out of the school midday, he did so for the final time as a student at Mentor. So ended a decorated high school career that included benchmarks seasons for the Cardinals’ boys basketball and football programs. The two-time first-team All-Ohioan receiver/tight end is graduating early to enroll at North Carolina in early January on a full football scholarship. (News-Herald)

Top UNC Football Recruits
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Jake Lawler2017 DE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tre' Shaw2017 CB
Brian Anderson2017 OG
Antwuan Branch2017 RB
Michael Carter2017 RB
J.T. Cauthen2017 WR
Jeremiah Gemmel2017 OLB
Traivon Leonard2017 CB
Marcus McKethan2017 OT

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