T.J. Logan named NCHSAA Male Athlete of the YearT.J. Logan of Northern Guilford High School has been named the 2013 Male Athlete of the Year by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA). Logan has been a standout throughout his Northern Guilford career in football, basketball, and outdoor track.In football, he helped lead the Nighthawks to three consecutive state championships, including rushing for 3,146 yards during the fall and earning MVP honor in the 2012 state championship game with 510 yards and eight touchdowns. (High School OT)
QB commit Caleb Henderson helping UNC on recruiting trailHow much is Lake Braddock junior quarterback Caleb Henderson, a recent UNC commit, encouraging former teammate Demornay Pierson-El to commit to the Tar Heels? “He’s definitely called me about UNC just about every other day or every other two,” said Pierson-El, a prospective physical therapy major. “He calls and leaves me messages. We’ve talked about going to the same college for years.” (Washington Post)
WR/TE Brandon Fritts commits to North CarolinaMentor junior wide receiver Brandon Fritts made a verbal commitment to North Carolina on Monday, pledging to reunite with quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who graduated from Mentor and enrolled at UNC in January. Fritts (6-foot-4, 215) visited UNC two weeks ago with his father, Bob, and said he found "a perfect fit.'' He was recruited to play a tight end/wideout hybrid in the Tar Heels' spread offense. Fritts also had offers from Minnesota, Akron, Ohio University, Bowling Green and Toledo. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
RB Elijah Hood commits to Notre DameESPN 150 running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) took a visit this weekend, and that was all it took. "Officially committing to The University of Notre Dame!" the nation's No. 8 running back wrote Sunday on Twitter after visiting South Bend, Ind. Hood, a four-star prospect ranked No. 49 overall in the ESPN 150, chose the Fighting Irish over his other top choice, North Carolina. (ESPN.com)
2015 WR Jaason Lewis tries unsuccessfully to commit to UNCIn the battle for top high-school football recruits, North Carolina seemed to score a big victory Monday night. Then things turned sour quickly. Virginia Beach wide receiver Jaason Lewis is only a high school sophomore, but at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, he has already drawn offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Michigan, and, he thought, UNC. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
ATH DeAndre Thompkins commits to Penn StateWideout/athlete DeAndre Thompkins (Swansboro, N.C./Swansboro) -- No. 54 in the ESPN 150 -- has committed to Penn State, his high school coach said in a text message. Thompkins was on the sideline during the Blue-White Game and said, at the time, that he was enjoying himself. He was joined by his father and football coach Tim Laspada. He's now the headliner of this class and instantly helps Penn State's depth with his ability to play on both sides of the ball. (ESPN.com)
Defensive back C.J. Reavis commits to Virginia TechVirginia Tech got a 2014 commitment before the spring game from defensive back C.J. Reavis from Thomas Dale High in Chester, according to VTScoop.com and HokiesHaven.com. Reavis is ranked as a four-star player by both 247Sports and Rivals. He is the 20th athlete nationally and 250th-ranked overall player by Rivals, which lists him as a safety. Reavis had a long list of offers, including North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Virginia, but had Tech and Tennessee at the top. (Virginian-Pilot)
Brad Henson's Journal: Gaining ExposureFuture 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. "Getting that first offer was kind of surreal. I knew it was a possibility, but I didn’t know if it was going to happen. I went in with the mindset that I was going to do my best and whatever happens, happens." (Inside Carolina)
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal DivisionLinebacker Cayson Collins, of Charlotte, N.C., gave his verbal commitment before UNC’s spring game last week, choosing UNC over in-state rivals Duke and N.C. State. Four-star quarterback Caleb Henderson had plans to visit several more schools before making a commitment but threw the travel itinerary out the window when he fell in love with UNC, where former Lake Braddock assistant Bill Renner’s son, Bryn, plays. Macon, Ga., defensive lineman Caleb Samuel will play in Chapel Hill. (ACC Sports Journal)
LB Cayson Collins Commits to UNCCayson Collins, a 2014 3-star outside linebacker from Charlotte's Berry Academy, has verbally committed to North Carolina while on campus attending the Tar Heels' spring football game, according to Inside Carolina.
Collins (6'2", 210) becomes the sixth commitment in UNC's 2014 football recruiting class and also held offers from Clemson, NC State, and Duke, among others.
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4-star QB Caleb Henderson Commits to North CarolinaCaleb Henderson, a 6'4" 225-pound 4-star quarterback from Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia, committed to North Carolina Thursday night after attending a UNC spring practice earlier in the week. Henderson confirmed the commitment via Twitter:
"Happy I can finally say I'm a Tar Heel!!"
Henderson is a consensus 4-star recruit and is ranked as the #8 quarterback nationally by Scout.com and #3 by Rivals.com. Henderson's high school, Lake Braddock, also produced former UNC basketball player and current UNC assistant Hubert Davis, who starred at Lake Braddock in both football and basketball.
Henderson becomes the fifth commitment in UNC's 2014 football recruiting class.
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Versatile Lineman Caleb Samuel Commits to UNCTwo-way lineman Caleb Samuel has picked UNC as his school of choice. At 6-foot 6, 260 pounds, he’s got a tremendous frame for growth. Right now, he could play defensive end. Add 20 pounds, he could play three technique. Add 40 pounds, you’re looking at a left tackle on the offensive line. Samuel, from Stratford Academy in Macon (GA), picked the Tar Heels over Miami, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. (Rant Sports)
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal DivisionSince our last update March 7, Coastal Division coaches have been busy on the recruiting trail, with Miami setting the pace in the early going. The ACC proved to be a popular destination for offensive linemen in March, as six big men gave verbal commitments to Coastal Division schools last month. The Tar Heels received their third commitment of 2014 from kicker Freeman Jones. (ACC Sports Journal)
2014 OL Bentley Spain honored by Army All-American Bowl inviteBentley Spain was sitting in class when he received a text message Wednesday saying he had been invited to compete in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. "I had to contain myself," he said. For Spain, a 6-feet-6, 293-pound offensive tackle from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence and the No. 100 overall prospect in the 247Composite, the invitation came three days after he had a dominant showing at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp in Charlotte. (Carolina Blue)
2014 DE Da’Shawn Hand not sweating the recruiting processFor the most part, Hand said, recruiters honored his hibernation. He went to North Carolina’s junior day last weekend and his planned trip to Michigan, coinciding with the start of the Wolverines’ spring practice, apparently has Ann Arbor buzzing. (Washington Post)