NC State sends amazing letter to potential 2014 recruit: You = Baller [Photo]Forget Oprah. Toss Dr. Phil in the gutter. If you want to build up a teenagers’ self-esteem, get Drew Hughes on the case. Hughes, formerly with UCF, was brought aboard by NC State specifically to bring in superstar recruits and if this letter is any indication, the dude is on point. The picture was taken by 2014 recruit Dexter Wright. (Gamedayr.com)
LB Kemmi Pettway lands preferred walkon spot with Tar HeelsEverybody around Garinger had always told Kemmi Pettway that his day would come. Pettway said North Carolina assistant Gunter Brewer offered him a preferred walk-on spot with the Tar Heels. It’s not a scholarship, but there’s a chance to earn one. In nine games last season at linebacker, Pettway had 116 tackles. He had 92 solo tackles, forced six fumbles and recovered three. “Man, he’s an outstanding football player,” Garinger basketball coach Joshua Coley said of Pettway, who plays power forward on the hoops team. (Charlotte Observer)
2014 Athlete Elijah Hood Visits North Carolina2014 running back/inside linebacker Elijah Hood unofficially visited the North Carolina Tar Heels on March 9th. Hood has offers from eighteen teams. The teams to have offered at him include: Notre Dame, Clemson, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Stanford, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. (FanSided 150)
Kicker Freeman Jones commits to UNCKicker Freeman Jones (Bunn, N.C./Bunn) has committed to sign with North Carolina, multiple sources report. Last fall, Jones connected on 8 of 10 field goal attempts and sent more than 80 percent of kickoffs into the endzone for touchbacks. He's North Carolina's third 2014 pledge, joining cornerback Tajze Battle (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar) and defensive end Robert Dinkins (Charlotte, N.C./Olympic), who both committed last June. (ESPN.com)
Former UNC football signee Donavan Tate enduring baseball strugglesDonavan Tate was a highly rated quarterback prospect back in 2009 when he reported for football practice at North Carolina. But after one day of practice with the Tar Heels, Tate left school to pursue his other talent – baseball. Tate's career detours have included a shoulder injury resulting from an accident on an all-terrain vehicle that cost him part of the 2010 season, and a 50-game suspension in 2011 after he tested positive for synthetic cannabis. (Fayetteville Observer)
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)