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Josh Cabrera named WITN Pepsi Player Of The Week

Northside-Jacksonville senior Josh Cabrera is WITN's newest Pepsi Player Of The Week. The recent UNC commitment is set for a stellar season for the Monarchs at wide receiver and defensive back. Part of what makes Cabrera's success impressive is his quick adaptation to the Northside system. He's only been with the team for two years after transferring from Georgia. (WITN)

Texas WR Cayleb Jones transferring to Arizona

Former Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones is transferring to Arizona. Jones chose Arizona over finalists East Carolina and Oklahoma and received serious interest from several schools, including North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and Colorado. His father, former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, confirmed the decision to ESPN.com and said the Wildcats provided the best opportunity to start over his career. (ESPN.com)

Several UNC football commits among Athlete Vault's 2014 Top-100 in NC

UNC has 5 commitments in the 2014 football recruiting class ranked in the Athlete Vault's listing of the top-100 football recruits in the state of North Carolina. #1 prospect Lorenzo Featherston and #8 recruit Trevion Thompson are currently uncommitted and are considering the Tar Heels. Below are the 5 UNC commits and their rankings:

4 Bentley Spain OL
6-6 275
Providence HS/Charlotte, NC

19 Robert Dinkins DE
6-2 245
Olympic HS/Charlotte, NC

20 Cayson Collins LB
6-2 210
Berry Academy/Charlotte, NC

25 Avery Edwards TE
6-5 220
Ravenscroft School/Raleigh, NC

43 Austin Proehl WR
5-10 160
Providence HS/Charlotte, NC

WR Josh Cabrera commits to UNC

Northside senior wide receiver Josh Cabrera figured he’d decide where he wanted to play his college football sometime during his final high school season — or right after it. But as June passed into July and then practice started for the Monarchs, Cabrera was sure he knew in his heart where he wanted to go. So, he thought, why wait?“Yeah, that’s basically it,” Cabrera said before practice Monday after committing Sunday night to North Carolina (Jacksonville Daily News)

Lorenzo Featherston plays on a different level

At 6 feet 8 and 220 pounds, Lorenzo Featherston's prototypical size already has college teams drooling over his potential on Saturdays, and that’s before his speed enters the equation. Featherston has been clocked in the low 4.7s and high 4.6s in the 40-yard dash. Recruiting websites have linked ACC schools Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and N.C. State to the defensive end, and he reportedly has offers from Ohio State, Michigan Florida and Notre Dame, among others. (Greensboro News & Record)

Former Texas WR Cayleb Jones has seven schools in mind for next stop

Former Longhorn Cayleb Jones looks like he's getting closer to a decision with regard to his next college. Late last month, the Austin High-grad announced he'd transfer from Texas. On Saturday, his dad Robert told YNN Sports his son will choose between seven schools. In alphabetical order, they are Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, East Carolina, North Carolina and Oklahoma. (Your News Now Austin)

ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal Division

Former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl saw his son Austin decide to take his talents to Chapel Hill, even though his dad went to Wake Forest. Three-star RB Caleb Kinlaw chose Georgia Tech over UNC, and assuming he doesn’t de-commit, he will probably play A-back in Paul Johnson’s triple option offense. The Cavaliers' most recent commitment comes from the nation’s 188th ranked recruit according to ESPN — three-star DB Jeff Farrar. (ACC Sports Journal)

ATH Noah Brown names Ohio State his leader

Noah Brown, the 6-2, 210-pound wide receiver from Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.), is slated to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers, Tuesday, he told NJ.com. One of the most heavily recruited uncommitted receivers in the northeast, Brown recently named Ohio State his leader after a recent visit to Columbus. The Scarlet Knights appear one of the top contenders for Brown's services joining Ohio State, USC, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and South Carolina in his top eight. (NJ.com)

N.C. LB Isaac Stewart commits to Louisville

The University of Louisville football team added its 23rd recruiting commitment for the 2014 class on Monday from three-star Charlotte, N.C., linebacker Isaac Stewart. Stewart is ranked as the nation’s No. 33 insider linebacker and the No. 26 prospect in North Carolina by 247Sports.com. He chose U of L from a list of major scholarship offers that included North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Mississippi State and Kansas State. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

2014 RB D'Ernest Johnson de-commits from North Carolina

Immokalee High's D'Ernest Johnson has changed his mind again. The star running back tweeted Friday that he was de-committing from North Carolina, just over two months after verbally committing to the Tar Heels. "No Longer Committed, My Commitment Has Open Up," Johnson wrote on his Twitter feed at 11:48 p.m. on Friday night. (Naples Daily News)

UNC offers Wake Forest HS defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence

Wake Forest High School defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is a rising-sophomore, but he is already getting plenty of recruiting attention. Lawrence received an offer from North Carolina on Saturday, according to Wake Forest Head Coach Reggie Lucas. Lawrence was a standout player on the Cougar defensive line last season as a freshman. On top of the UNC offer, the 6-foot-5, 290 pound run-stopper also has offers from Clemson and Arkansas. (High School OT)

TE Brandon Fritts will graduate early, enroll at UNC in January

Brandon Fritts will graduate early from Mentor and will enroll at North Carolina in January, the senior receiver confirmed on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound two-sport standout will follow the path of former Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who last year finished his high schooling in December and enrolled at North Carolina for classes that started in January. It was a difficult decision for Fritts, who said he still plans on returning for graduation ceremonies at Mentor next spring. (News-Herald)

Fedora Details Recruit Evaluation Process

Staff evaluations and projecting how prospects fit into North Carolina’s unique schemes are the basis for the program’s recruiting approach, according to Larry Fedora. There are four primary coaches involved with any given recruit – the area coach, the position coach, the coordinator and Fedora. When offensive guard Josh Allen, hailing from Jacksonville, Fla., verbally committed to UNC on Jun. 24, he did so after Dan Disch (area) laid the ground work and Chris Kapilovic (position) moved into the lead position. (Inside Carolina)

WR Austin Proehl Commits to UNC

North Carolina added its first wide receiver commit for the 2014 class Sunday, when Charlotte (NC) Providence wide receiver Austin Proehl committed to the Tar Heels. The 5-10, 165-pound prospect chose UNC over offers from Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. The offer from the Tar Heels came earlier today and the talented pass catcher jumped on it when he committed to head coach Larry Fedora and wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

OL Donell Stanley nearing decision

Offensive lineman Donell Stanley of Latta attended South Carolina's Camp Friday afternoon along with his mother, little brother and Latta assistant coach Chris German. Stanley attended an Alabama camp earlier this month and German said Friday night right now South Carolina and Alabama are Stanley's top two. Clemson and North Carolina are the others on his short list. German said. Stanley has no other visits planned and that a decision is close. (Palmetto Sports)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
Jake Lawler2017 WDE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tre' Shaw2017 CB
Brian Anderson2017 OG
Michael Carter2017 RB
J.T. Cauthen2017 WR
Jeremiah Gemmel2017 OLB
Traivon Leonard2017 CB
Marcus McKethan2017 OT
Jordon Riley2017 DT

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