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Weekend Recruit Scoreboard

Big weekends by quarterback Mitch Trubisky, running back Khris Francis and athlete Desmond Lawrence highlight this weekend's football recruit scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)

Options still open for UNC commitment Jarran Reed

East Mississippi Community College defensive tackle Jarran Reed committed to North Carolina during the summer, but that hasn’t stopped other schools from showing interest. It also hasn’t stopped him from looking at other schools. “All of my options are still open,” Reed said. “I’m not closing any doors.” Reed, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., says he’s hearing from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri and Texas Tech. (ESPN.com)

OL Dorian Miller a gentle giant for Metuchen (NJ) High School

At 6-foot-2 and nearly 300 pounds, Metuchen High School’s Dorian Miller, one of the nation’s most coveted offensive linemen, is an intimidating site. Add a thick beard, and the senior two-way tackle sports a gruff exterior that makes him seem almost unapproachable. But Miller, who will likely play guard in college, has a gregarious personality that belies his imposing physical appearance. (MyCentralJersey.com)

UNC, N.C. State land commitments from offensive players out of Georgia

North Carolina and N.C. State scored major commitments out of the Peach State over the weekend that could help both fulfill major recruiting needs. The Tar Heels reeled in 6-foot-5, 181-pound wide receiver Johnathan Howard from Wilcox County High in Rochelle, Ga., while the Wolfpack picked up running back Joshua Mercer of South Effingham High in Guyton. Wide receiver has become a focus in recruiting for UNC as it's made the transition this season to a no-huddle, spread offense. (Fayetteville Observer)

OL Tyrone Crowder to play in Under Armour All-America Game

In front of a packed Raider Gymnasium, Tyrone Crowder slipped on his new jersey and plopped a hat on his head. The offensive lineman, who is the 97th-ranked recruit in the 2013 class nationally by ESPN, wasn’t making his college decision, instead Crowder became the first Richmond Senior football player to be selected to the sixth-annual Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 5 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. (Richmond County Daily Journal)

2014 DE Da'Shawn Hand stays humble

Da’Shawn Hand beamed with pride. Four sacks, double-digit tackles. Not a bad performance, the Woodbridge High School standout defensive end thought to himself, following the 7-0 loss to eventual Cardinal District champion Hylton. And yet, when he arrived home later that Friday night to tell his dad about his success, Sharif Hand had only thing to say to his son: “Hey four-sack man, go sack that kitchen.” (Inside NoVa)

ESPN 300 WR Johnathan Howard picks the Tar Heels

Johnathan Howard (Rochelle, Ga./Wilcox County) enjoyed every minute of his trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend. The ESPN 300 wide receiver liked it at North Carolina so much, he was ready to become a Tar Heel before heading home. While his father felt the same way, he advised his son to think it over more before making a hasty decision. The 6-foot-5 wideout did not wait much longer. After talking it over with his father for the entire trip home, Howard called his recruiting coach and committed. (ESPN.com)

Ryan Switzer runs all over Princeton

Ryan Switzer, who was playing in his second game of the year, sliced through the Tigers defense Friday night as George Washington ran away for a 61-11 victory at Hunnicutt Stadium. Switzer scored on runs of 1, 97, 23 and 1 in the first half and added a 59-yard score in the third quarter. He finished with 325 yards on 18 carries. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior out-gained the Tigers by himself in the opening half, 185 to 133 yards. (Bluefield Daily Telegraph)

Tarboro DE Tyquan Lewis picks Ohio State

Tarboro defensive end Tyquan Lewis will play his college football at Ohio State he announced Thursday during a press conference at the high school. At 6-foot-3 and 225-pounds, Lewis is ranked the No. 11 defensive end in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com. Lewis said his final choices came down to LSU, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. (High School OT)

DE Tyquan Lewis to Announce Decision

Tarboro defensive end Tyquan Lewis makes his final college decision at 4 p.m. today. The final trio: LSU, Ohio State and North Carolina. Lewis has visited Ohio State and North Carolina but has yet to make a trip to Baton Rouge, La. Lewis said that he felt comfortable at Ohio State, and the coaches were a big draw. He understands that North Carolina is rebuilding but talked about the enthusiasm surrounding the Tar Heels. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Will Grier passes for 505 yards, 8 touchdowns for Davidson Day

Junior quarterback Will Grier is using his short passing game as an effective substitute for a running game at Davidson Day (N.C.). The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder completed passes to eight different receivers Friday night while leading the Patriots to a 53-21 victory over Parkwood (Monroe, N.C.). He finished with a near-perfect 30-for-34 night with 505 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw one interception. (Max Preps)

RB Ryan Switzer has another big night

George Washington's Ryan Switzer is healthy and ready to go, which is bad news for the rest of the teams in the state. The senior tailback rushed for 265 yards on 31 carries with two touchdowns and returned an interception 61 yards for another score in leading the Patriots past Hurricane 41-15 Friday night. (Charleston Gazette)

South Carolina leads for WR Shaq Davidson

After his visit to South Carolina Saturday, Junior WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney has named the Gamecocks his leader. Davidson already had USC in his top four with Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio State. He returns to Columbia when the Gamecocks host Missouri next week. As for other visits, he plans to attend games at Clemson, UGA and UNC. "I don't know which games though," he admitted. (Palmetto Sports)

Marquez North being recruited hardest by Florida, UNC, Clemson

Marquez North is considered one of the top receivers in the Southeast. “Marquez is having a good year at Mallard Creek,” Ramondo North (father of Marquez) said. “He is trying to focus on his senior year, but I’ve told him he needs to cut his list down to a top 5 or so in a week to week and a half.” North has more than 20 offers, but his father said a few schools are recruiting him harder than others. “Florida is recruiting him the hardest,” North said. “Clemson and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest, after Florida." (Gator Country)

Nazair Jones battled unknown illness before committing to UNC

Across his yellow Nike shirt is printed the word “UNFAIR” in large, bold letters. The word could be taken in a number of ways: unfair to other players because Nazair Jones, UNC’s four-star class of 2013 football commitment, is so athletic that he can play almost any position on the defensive line; unfair to other schools that UNC bolstered its nationally-ranked recruiting class by signing Jones; or — and perhaps the best interpretation — unfair to Jones, because he was diagnosed with a rare disorder that caused him to lose nearly 50 pounds and left him pondering his future in football. (Carolina Blue)

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