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Cornerback Traivon Leonard flips commitment from UNC to Auburn

Auburn has added another piece to the 2017 recruiting class. Thee-star cornerback Traivon Leonard of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Oxbridge Academy has de-committed from North Carolina and committed to the Tigers. “I just really like everything about Auburn,” Leonard told told AuburnUndercover. “I feel like it’s the best place for me.” The move did not come as a huge surprise. (247 Sports)

UNC RB Signee Michael Carter Excited About The Next Phase

Michael Carter is ready to be a Tar Heel. With Navarre (FL) High School falling in the state semifinals after he turned in a spectacular season, Carter is turning his focus to enrolling at North Carolina on Jan. 8 and diving into UNC football. The 3-star running back will graduate in about 10 days, but will return to Navarre in the spring and walk with his class at the school’s graduation ceremony. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC reportedly leads for 2017 athlete C.J. Cotman

This weekend, 2017 athlete C.J. Cotman visited Chapel Hill and it sounds like the visit went well for the Tar Heels. In fact, it went so well that Cotman even said the Tar Heels were the favorites to land him. Cotman spoke with Inside Carolina on his trip and had nothing but good things to say. He told IC that UNC “never gave up on him” and that it wasn’t over until he signed the papers. (Keeping It Heel)

Jeremiah Gemmel receives regional Defensive Player of the Year honors

Jeremiah Gemmel, the four-year starter for East Coweta, closed out his high school career with some amazing stats in 2016, including 101 tackles, 13 for a loss and four sacks. He also finished with six blocked kicks. For his effort, Gemmell, who has verbally committed to play college football at the University of North Carolina, shares Region 2-AAAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year honors. (Newnan Times-Herald)

Scotland County RB Zamir White named N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year

Scotland County junior Zamir White (UNC offer) is the N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year. White led Scotland to a 14-1 record and a berth in the N.C. 4A state semifinals. He finished the season with 189 carries for 1,774 yards and 26 touchdowns. White has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered as a motivational speaker at local elementary schools. (Charlotte Observer)

Former UNC DT commit Kyree Campbell chooses Florida

2016 UNC DT commit Kyree Campbell announced Saturday that he has committed to the University of Florida. Campbell, who was visiting Florida this weekend, also considered Penn State, Temple, James Madison and Pittsburgh. Campbell played this season at Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) after UNC notified him in early June that the school had denied him admission. (Inside NoVa)

Antwuan Branch named Offensive MVP in Tennessee East vs. West All-Star Classic

Kenwood running back Antwuan Branch ran for 89 yards and scored two touchdowns to help lead the West to a 45-21 win over the East in the Toyota East vs. West All-Star Classic on Friday at Tennessee Tech's Tucker Stadium. Branch was the West team's Offensive MVP. Branch, a North Carolina commitment, scored on a pair of 7-yard touchdown runs in the third quarter. (Nashville Tennessean)

RB/DB Devon Hunter still undecided about college choice

Devon Hunter hoped to announce his college choice on Christmas Eve but isn’t close to a decision. He has to extend his self-imposed Dec. 24 deadline. Auburn and Virginia Tech coaches were in town to visit Wednesday, while Alabama coaches arrived Thursday. Last weekend, Hunter made an official visit to UNC and has an official visit set up for Virginia Tech this weekend. (The Virginian-Pilot)

Zaire, Cotman highlight UNC football's official visit weekend

2017 cornerback/athlete C.J. Cotman is expected at UNC this weekend along with Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire. Cotman is a Tennessee de-commit who is looking to take multiple official visits but only has UNC scheduled. Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire aims to transfer after he graduates in December. Wisconsin and UNC look like Zaire's top two choices. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels not settled on a position for newest commitment, Kanye Roberts

North Carolina extended an offer to 2017 athlete Kayne Roberts on Dec. 3, and the 6-3, 195-pound athlete out of Greenback, Tenn., wasted no time in making his mind up on where to play college football. Since UNC already has a pair of 3-star running back commitments in Michael Carter and Antwuan Branch, it’s not out of the realm of possibility he lines up at a different position. (ACC Sports Journal)

Source: Former Irish QB Malik Zaire likely visiting UNC this week

Irish247 has confirmed that a North Carolina visit is likely occurring soon for former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire. UNC was a major contender for this former Fighting Irish football player, despite reports saying he was looking at other programs. We reported that a visit with the Tar Heels staff was in the works and now it looks like a visit to Chapel Hill could occur this week. (247 Sports)

Kayne Roberts' uniqueness lifting high school team to new heights

Kayne Roberts has heard all the praise, but he chooses not to get caught up in all the hype. The senior running back may be putting the finishing touches on what has been an unfathomable season for him, as well as Greenback, but his focus always stays on the bigger picture, never the thumbnail. (Maryville Daily Times)

2017 ATH Kayne Roberts Commits to UNC

The Tar Heels have added another piece to the 2017 football recruiting class. UNC offered and received a commitment from athlete Kayne Roberts out of Greenback, Tenn. Roberts becomes UNC's 17th commit for 2017. UNC has been tracking the 6-3, 195-pound recruit since he visited for a camp this summer. Roberts announced his commitment to North Carolina via Twitter. (Carolina Blue)

Big official visit weekend for UNC football

North Carolina will host four important 2017 prospects on official visits this weekend. Offensive tackle Navaughn Donaldson, all-purpose running back Darrian Felix, wide receiver Carmoni Green, and safety Devon Hunter will be on campus starting Friday. Two of the recruits visiting UNC this weekend are committed elsewhere. Donaldson is a Miami pledge and Green is an Illinois commit. (Carolina Blue)

4-Star ATH C.J. Cotman Focusing On UNC, Miami, UK Following Tennessee Decommitment

Campus Insiders spoke with C.J. Cotman following his decommitment from Tennessee to see where his recruitment was leading, and the 4-star athlete highlighted three schools as ones he’s interested in. North Carolina, Miami and Kentucky all are on Cotman’s radar, and he’s planning on taking a trip to Chapel Hill right before the recruiting dead period sets in on Dec. 9-11. (Campus Insiders)

Top UNC Football Recruits
RecruitClassRating
C.J. Cotman2017 ATH
Xach Gill2017 DT
Jake Lawler2017 DE
Jonah Melton2017 OG
Tre' Shaw2017 CB
Dyami Brown2018 ATH
Avery Jones2018 OT
Brian Anderson2017 OG
Antwuan Branch2017 RB
Michael Carter2017 RB

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