Big Recruiting Weekend on Tap for UNC Basketball, FootballThe annual North Carolina-Duke basketball showdown in Chapel Hill is always a big weekend for recruiting, and this year is no exception. Many of UNC's top basketball and football recruits will be attending the game, the most prominent being Andrew Wiggins, the consensus #1 basketball player in the 2013 class who will be on his official visit.
Five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn from the 2014 class will also be in attendance, as will current Carolina basketball commits Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt, Justin Jackson, and possibly Isaiah Hicks. Other top talent includes 2016 PF Harry Giles, 2015 SG Luke Kennard, and 2014 SG Theo Pinson.
A strong contingent of Carolina's top football recruits will also be on campus. Here's the full (unofficial) list of basketball and football recruits expected to visit Chapel Hill this weekend.
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, March 7Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech have not received a verbal commitment since our last update two weeks ago. Rivals.com rescinded its original three-star rating on Virginia Tech defensive end commit Vincent Mihota and has yet to report another rating. (ACC Sports Journal)
Tar Heels Fighting for 2014 OL Donell StanleyIt has been seven long months since the North Carolina Tar Heels have heard from one of their top priorities. Offensive tackle Donell Stanley returned to Chapel Hill for a visit this past weekend. Stanley is a four-star offensive lineman from Latta, South Carolina. He is six feet, four inches tall and weights 327 pounds. He ranks second in the state of South Carolina and six in his position. (Old North Banter)
UNC first to offer 2015 DL Tim SettleStonewall Jackson sophomore defensive lineman Tim Settle attended junior day at North Carolina over the weekend and on Wednesday picked up a scholarship offer from the Tar Heels. “After the year he had, I was just waiting to see who would jump first,” said Stonewall Coach Mike Dougherty. “He was pretty explosive this year, pretty unblockable all year. Just the most athletic big kid I’ve ever coached. It takes two to three people just to stalemate him.” (Washington Post)
2014 DB Quin Blanding commits to VirginiaOn Wednesday, five-star safety Quin Blanding, the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2014 Rivals100, announced his decision to commit to the University of Virginia. Blanding, a 6-foot-2, 196-pound playmaker from Bayside in Virginia Beach, had offers from a number of schools including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. (Cavs Corner)
2014 Athlete Trace McSorley favoring UNC?Trace McSorley likes North Carolina a lot. The feeling apparently is mutual as the Tar Heels offered him three weeks ago. Right now, though, it isn't certain what position McSorley, a standout at Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods, would play in Chapel Hill. UNC offered him as an athlete. But while he's also pretty good at safety, McSorley would prefer to be on offense as a quarterback. (247 Sports)
State of North Carolina producing high school football talent, players aren't staying homeThe good news for the state of North Carolina is the level of football prospects is on the rise. The bad news is those players aren't staying home. The 2014 Rivals100 features two five-star players and two four-stars from North Carolina. But according to recent recruiting trends, none of the in-state programs will land those players. (Rivals.com)
Kicker Will O'Briant to play at UNC as preferred walk-onThe college-search process can be a difficult one. Seniors have to think about the possibility of spending four years at a place where they will be deciding what to do with, possibly, the rest of their lives. For Asheboro High School senior Will O'Briant, the decision was easy — and was made even easier thanks to his powerful foot. (Asheville Courier-Tribune)
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, Feb. 21It’s hard to believe, but we’re moving on to the next recruiting cycle. The big board starts anew with the preliminary verbal commitments in the ACC’s Coastal Division, many of whom have been committed for several months or even years. North Carolina: The Tar Heels received two commitments last June from defensive back Tajze Battle and Charlotte, N.C., defensive end Robert Dinkins. (ACC Sports Journal)
2014 WR Trevion Thompson’s Prospect ProfileTrevion Thompson is the fourth-rated wide receiver in the 2014 college football recruiting class. He plays with speed and agility that sure is fun to watch on film. He spreads the field for his quarterback and he has the leaping ability to out-jump cornerbacks for the ball in a jaw-dropping fashion. He has college ready hands already, and he will be an exciting talent at the next level. (Rant Sports)
2014 Athlete Elijah Hood Lists UNC In Top 5Five-star athlete Elijah Hood (according to Rivals) has narrowed down his top school choices again. His new list is his “top five” but actually includes six schools. Hood has been a four-star recruit, but Rivals awarded him a fifth star just yesterday. Remaining on his recruiting list is: Clemson, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. (Old North Banter)
RB Reid Baxter to join UNC as invited walk-onNorthern Guilford’s T.J. Logan won’t be the only area running back joining the North Carolina football team next season. Northwest Guilford high school running back Reid Baxter will attend North Carolina this fall and be a part of the Tar Heels’ football team as an invited walk-on, his mother said Monday. Baxter, a three-year starter, finished with more than 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 passing yards in his career with the Vikings. (Greensboro News & Record)
24 North Carolina high school football prospects to watch for 2014Forty-five prospects from the state of North Carolina signed with BCS programs in the 2013 class. The 2014 haul is taking shape as a fruitful one as well. The 2014 haul is taking shape as a fruitful one as well. Here’s a brief look at 24 prospects to watch in North Carolina this next class. (Carolina Blue)
Signing Day Impact: Receivers and A-BackReceivers are at a premium in the offense preferred by Larry Fedora and offensive coordinator Blake Anderson, and the Tar Heel coaching staff attempted to shore up those ranks with their first two recruiting classes. Let's take a look at who Carolina has returning, and the additions made with the 2013 class. (Tar Heel Monthly)
Rivals.com Top ACC-Footballl RecruitersChris Kapilovic, North Carolina: The foundation of any football team starts on the offensive and defensive lines, and Kapilovic did an excellent job of recruiting players who fit his system. He was responsible for a trio of three-star recruits on the offensive line, Lucas Crowley, Brad Henson and R.J. Prince. He was one of the main men responsible for recruiting the back who will be running behind them for the next four years in four-star T.J. Logan. (Rivals.com)