ACC Football Recruiting Links: N.C. State, North Carolina and PittsburghAfter first committing to South Florida, defensive end Mikey Bart decided that he would be better off with the Tar Heels. After visiting North Carolina in July, offensive lineman Lucas Crowley declined offers from four SEC schools and committed to the Tar Heels. Wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau and running back T.J. Logan were recently named to the Parade All-American football team. (ACC Sports Journal)
DT Jarran Reed down to Alabama, FloridaBut it turns out that the Rebels also lost a four-star prospect. Rivals.com’s Andrew Bone reports that East Mississippi defensive tackle Jarran Reed is no longer committed to Ole Miss, and will choose between Alabama and Florida on National Signing Day. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
DE Carl Lawson reaffirms commitment to AuburnFive-star defensive end Carl Lawson is sticking with Auburn after taking his official visit to the Tigers this weekend. "This will successfully end my recruitment I am an Auburn Tiger. No questions will be answered no calls will be accepted," he tweeted. (AL.com)
DT Demetri McGill looking at 4 schoolsMcGill told the Baltimore Sun earlier this month that Maryland cited a knee injury during his sophomore year in pulling his scholarship. NCAA guidelines prohibit college coaches from talking specifically about a recruit until he has signed. The devastating news forced McGill to find a new school quickly. The other schools in the mix are North Carolina, East Carolina and Temple. (Virginian-Pilot)
WR Johnathan Alston commits to NC StateNC State picked up an in-state recruit on Friday, less than a week before National Signing Day. Bunn wide receiver Johnathan Alston verbally committed to the Wolfpack on Friday morning, according to Bunn head coach Chris Miller. At 6-foot-3 and 194-pounds, Alston is a 3-star player, according to Scout.com. At the end of his recruiting process, Alston had narrowed his choices to NC State and UNC. (High School OT)
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, Jan. 31National Signing Day is less than a week away, but teams in the Coastal Division are still getting some last-minute verbal commitments. UNC’s 18 verbal commitments remained solid during the last two weeks. Former Georgia Tech offensive line commit Jeremi Hall is headed to South Florida after coach Paul Johnson rescinded Hall’s offer for visiting USF without notifying GT coaches. All 20 of Virginia’s recruits remain solidly committed to becoming Cavaliers. (ACC Sports Journal)
ACC football recruiting scorecardNorth Carolina: Current commitments: 18; The Tar Heels have put together one of the best classes in the country, ranking No. 18 in the Top 25 class rankings. There is still hope for one more -- ESPN 150 receiver Marquez North, who is said to be choosing between North Carolina and Tennessee. ESPN150 commitments: 1; ESPN300 commitments: 5 (THT Update: Marquez North committed to Tennessee Wednesday) (ESPN.com)
Marquez North commits to TennesseeOne of the top remaining targets for North Carolina's 2013 football recruiting class will not be signing with the Tar Heels next week. Marquez North, a 4-star wide receiver from Charlotte, NC (Mallard Creek HS), announced via Twitter Wednesday night that he will be signing with the Tennessee Volunteers next Wednesday:
@Numero8_thebest: "I will be going to Tennesse in the fall"
North was scheduled to host UNC coach Larry Fedora on an in-home visit Thursday, but apparently North had already made up his mind that he was going to Tennessee and didn't feel the need to hear Fedora's final pitch.
5-star DE Carl Lawson skips UNC visit, down to three schoolsIt’s down to Tennessee, Auburn and Clemson for Carl Lawson, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect by ESPN. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder thought about taking an official visit to North Carolina this weekend, but decided to focus on academics. “No, he didn’t go anywhere,” his father, Carl Lawson Sr., told the AJC. “He had to do the SAT, and he also has some schoolwork for next week, so that would tough to fit all that in.” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Mitch Trubisky is "a Manziel-type recruiting sleeper"2013 QB recruits who can make an instant impact: Mitch Trubisky, Mentor High (Mentor, Ohio) - It seems unlikely that anyone will unseat Bryn Renner as UNC's starter next season, but Trubisky certainly has the pedigree to step in if Renner goes down. The Tar Heel pledge passed for 4,065 yards, rushed for 1,129 yards and scored 60 total touchdowns as a senior to generate hype as a Manziel-type recruiting sleeper. (Sports Illustrated)
Ryan Switzer named Parade All-AmericanGeorge Washington senior Ryan Switzer has already made a key mental transition. "For me, high school's done," Switzer said Sunday afternoon. "I don't play any high school sports. I view myself right now as a freshman at a high Division I school; one that's going to be successful next year and in years to come, so the goal is to prepare myself for next season." (Charleston Daily Mail)
5-Star DE Carl Lawson to Visit UNC Saturday (UPDATED)Update: 247 Sports cites confirmed reports that Lawson's visit to UNC has been cancelled due primarily to the weather.
Auburn commit Carl Lawson will visit with Larry Fedora and the North Carolina Tar Heels staff today in Chapel Hill. Lawson of the 2013 class 6-2 253 pounds ranked as the #2 overall player in the class, Lawson is very physical and quick off the ball. (Keeping It Heel)
Five storylines: ACC football recruitingHow big will the Tar Heels' imprint in North Carolina be?North Carolina began the day with the No. 24 class in the country, and much of its success has come in state. At last check, six of the top-16 prospects in the Tar Heel state were UNC commits -- headlined by four-star all-purpose back T.J. Logan (Greensboro, N.C./Northern Guilford). That is significant because in recent years the program's in-state recruiting had slipped some. (Carolina Blue)
Jarran Reed, Marquez North visiting Tar HeelsNorth Carolina is expecting to welcome a nice group of official visitors this weekend as it tries to wrap up its 2013 recruiting class. The Tar Heels are hosting two prospects whom they hope to convince to play their college football in Chapel Hill. Jarran Reed, a four-star JUCO defensive tackle from East Mississippi Community College, is a current Ole Miss commit, but he will be on campus, as will MarQuez North, an uncommitted four-star wide receiver from Charlotte, N.C., Mallard Creek High School. (SB Nation)
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, Jan. 18Buford, Ga., product Mikey Bart had committed to South Florida as a tight end, but recently flipped his commitment to UNC, where he was recruited to play defensive end. Dual-threat quarterback James Summers and defensive end Monte Taylor, who both currently attend Hargrave Military Academy, will head to junior colleges after failing to meet the academic standards required to attend UNC. (ACC Sports Journal)