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)
2014 Athlete Elijah Hood Thinking Local, May Drop Notre Dame from Top SpotRecent comments made by Notre Dame target and five-star running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, NC Charlotte Catholic) suggest that the Fighting Irish could be losing their lead for one of the most productive backs in the nation over the past two seasons with 5,291 yards and 83 touchdowns. Hood currently lists Notre Dame as his leader, but that could be a tenuous situation after he spoke with Tom Van Haaren of WolverineNation.com. (Rant Sports)
WR Trevion Thompson Impressed with Tar HeelsFour-star wide receiver recruit, Trevion Thompson, is just a little over a week past his visit to the University of North Carolina. And apparently he's still rather impressed with the Tar Heels. However, there is no word from Thompson on if the Tar Heels have moved higher up his list or not. His top choices are currently Clemson, Florida, Ohio State, and West Virginia. He has received an offer from those four schools as well as North Carolina. (Old North Banter)
Video: Linebacker Cayson Collins says UNC leads by "a lot"Outside linebacker Cayson Collins from Charlotte, NC (O'Berry Academy) discusses his top-3 schools of North Carolina, NC State, and Clemson, his upcoming visit schedule, and his timeline for making a decision:
UNC DE Commit Robert Dinkins VTO Prep 100 Workout Highlights247Sports got an up-close look at UNC defensive end/linebacker commit Robert Dinkins of Charlotte (N.C.) Renaissance Olympic at Sunday's VTO Sports Prep 100 camp. Here are some clips of Dinkins, who says he remains 100 percent firm to the Tar Heels, in action. (Carolina Blue)
Catching up with UNC cornerback signee Brian Walker247Sports caught up with North Carolina 2013 cornerback signee Brian Walker on Sunday in his hometown. How eager is the three-star player to get to Chapel Hill, and what does he think about his chances for early playing time? Walker talked about that and more in this video interview. (Carolina Blue)