4-Star Defensive End Jake Lawler Extremely Impressed With UNC’s TurnaroundNorth Carolina was a pretty forgettable club in 2014, finishing 6-7. This year, the Tar Heels are 8-1 after demolishing rival Duke, and sitting in the pole position in the ACC Coastal division. As an added bonus, recruits are noticing. Four-star defensive end Jake Lawler, a junior from Charlotte, tweeted about being incredibly impressed with the year-to-year turnaround that UNC has had. (College Spun)
Weekend UNC Football Recruit ScoreboardNorth Carolina running back commit Jordon Brown rushed 9 times for 188 yards and 3 TDs in Southern Durham's 61-12 win over Oxford Webb. UNC linebacker commit Jonathan Smith racked up a dozen tackles and intercepted a pass in the final 30 seconds to seal Scotland's win over Richmond County. See how other UNC's football recruits fared in this edition of the Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
North Carolina QB commit Chazz Surratt ties state record with responsibility for 216th TDAfter a long career at East Lincoln High in North Carolina, Chazz Surratt has finally reached the state’s statistical ceiling. Surratt, a dual-threat quarterback, reached the state’s all-time record for career scoring record, taking charge of a 216th career touchdown, tying the career mark previously set by former Florida quarterback Chris Leak. (USA Today)
Tar Heels Land Four-Star WR Tyler SmithTyler Smith didn't even wait to see the game. The four-star 2017 wide receiver from Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern walked into Larry Fedora's office on Saturday morning and gave the Tar Heel coach his commitment. Smith, who visited Chapel Hill over the summer and formed a bond with UNC receiver coach Gunter Brewer, chose UNC over offers from finalists Auburn and Georgia, as well as many others. (Inside Carolina)
Chris Leak calls Chazz Surratt to congratulate East Lincoln QB on pending state recordWhen East Lincoln visits West Lincoln tonight, Mustangs quarterback Chazz Surratt will need just two touchdowns to break the state’s all-time record for touchdown responsibility. Touchdown responsibility measures the total number of passing, rushing, receiving and defensive scores. For the last 14 years, Chris Leak of Charlotte’s Independence High School has held the top mark in that category – along with most other passing records in North Carolina. (Gaston Gazette)
Meet three-star UNC QB commitment Logan ByrdAccelerating is something Logan Byrd has become accustomed to. He made an early verbal commitment to Virginia Tech before deciding North Carolina was the best fit for his services. Byrd was one of the first quarterbacks named to the Semper-Fi All-American Bowl, set to take place the first week of January. He'll wrap that up just days before beginning his college career in Chapel Hill. (Inside Carolina)
Via arm or legs, UNC QB commit Chazz Surratt gets the job doneWith Duke taking the trip to North Carolina this Saturday, it's fitting Scout released the Spotlight of Chazz Surratt, the Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln quarterback who picked the Blue Devils as his college destination in April only to flip to UNC two months later. Now, however, the talk surrounding the three-star Shrine Bowl selection is his play for the defending 2AA state champion Mustangs. (Scout.com)
Dexter Lawrence Selected to U.S. Army All-American BowlWake Forest High School defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence has been selected for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and will accept his jersey on Nov. 10. ESPN rates Lawrence as a five-star prospect and the No. 8 player in the country from the Class of 2016. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. (High School OT)
Tar Heel LB commitment Jonathan Smith is a true leaderNorth Carolina linebacker commitment and three-star Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland standout Jonathan Smith is in the position to excel as he likens himself to the now-retired face of the San Francisco 49ers, Patrick Willis. Ranked much higher than the former Scout two-star, Smith is tabbed as the No. 1 inside linebacker talent in the Tar Heel State. He picked UNC in mid-August. (Scout.com)
Weekend UNC Football Recruit ScoreboardNashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn wide receiver and UNC recruit Rontavius Groves caught six passes for 155 yards and scored four TDs. UNC QB commit Chazz Surratt threw three TDs and added two on the ground, despite being ill. He was 15-for-22 passing for 291 yards and rushed 16 times for 229 yards. See how other UNC football recruits performed in this week's edition of the Weekend Recruit Scoreboard. (Inside Carolina)
Chazz Surratt battles illness, then leads team to big winChazz Surratt wasn’t feeling his best Friday night, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at him on the field.
The senior Mustangs quarterback vomited on the field in the second quarter of his team’s game against Maiden at home in Denver, then led the Mustangs to a 56-28 win over the Blue Devils as East Lincoln won its 26th straight game and clinched at least a share of the Southern District 7 conference title. (Gaston Gazette)
UNC defensive end commitment Tomon Fox is bigger, betterNorth Carolina defensive end commit Tomon Fox is becoming more of a player to watch in the 2016 class. Fox has gained more than 25 pounds since his junior year, and he's been able to maintain the quickness that makes him an intriguing speed rusher. Fox, whose Hudl page says he's now 6'3" and 240 pounds, committed to North Carolina in June but has more than 20 offers. (Bleacher Report)
2016 safety Myles Dorn is down to four schools, including UNCMyles Dorn is getting closer to making his college decision.
According to Dorn, he is down to Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and West Virginia in no specific order.
The Vance standout took his first official visit about a month ago to West Virginia for the Maryland game. “It was a good visit and there are a lot of good people up there,” said the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dorn. “I really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere stood out to me. (Scout.com)
UNC football commits react to the Heels' big winNorth Carolina went to Pittsburgh on Thursday night and pulled out a tough 26-19 win. The game was aired on ESPN during primetime, attracting the eyes of many who don't regularly watch Tar Heel football. After the big win, UNC stands at 7-1 and 4-0 in the ACC. CarolinaBlue reached out to many 2016 UNC football commits on Friday morning to get their take on Thursday's game. (Carolina Blue)
4-Star UNC OL Commit Jay-Jay McCargo is ExplosiveJay-Jay McCargo is the on-paper headliner of Larry Fedora's 2016 class to this point. Picking the Tar Heels over Penn State as well as considerable SEC and ACC offers in April, he was also the highest-rated verbal at the time he was acquired. The Semper-Fi All American, tabbed as the top offensive guard prospect in the state of Virginia, took in his first game at UNC's Kenan Stadium earlier this month. (Scout.com)