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Busy year ahead for Havelock's Keion Joyner

When a player becomes a five-star prospect, the average high school football life becomes enormously magnified. Havelock’s Keion Joyner, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior linebacker, knows that after a pretty relaxing summer, he has a lot of work to do on and off the field. “I haven’t told anyone no yet or to stop recruiting me or anything,” he said. “I’m still keeping it pretty open and listening to everyone, but LSU and Florida State are probably recruiting me the hardest right now." (New Bern Sun Journal)

Emphasis on football recruiting in south Florida should pay off for UNC

Last week, it was reported that North Carolina offered seven prospects in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a single day. While the Tar Heels could get several or none of those specific prospects offered, the higher point is that North Carolina is now emphasizing the area. Running backs coach Larry Porter, one of the best recruiters in college football, is working the area for the Tar Heels and that can only pay dividends for the following reasons. (Carolina Blue)

2016 TE Garrett Walston to announce decision Friday

Class of 2016 tight end Garrett Walston is announcing his college decision this Friday after practice, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect confirmed to CarolinaBlue on Tuesday. Walston said the decision will come down to Georgia, North Carolina, and N.C. State. A 247Sports Composite three-star prospect, Walston holds 12 offers including Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, California, and his three finalists. (Carolina Blue)

Feature on 2016 DE Nick Coe (video)

Kenny Beck introduces a young man that can be considered the Triad's version of 'The Blind Side'; meet Asheboro High School junior, Nick Coe. (WXII)

2016 OL Cesar Ruiz to visit UNC

Center Cesar Ruiz (Camden, N.J.) said he will visit North Carolina Sunday afternoon. The Crystal Ball reads 100-percent for North Carolina, his current leader. Ruiz has over 10 verbal offers. The four-star recruit is ranked as the nation's No. 1 center and the No. 8 prospect in New Jersey in the 2017 class by 247Sports.com Composite Rankings. (Carolina Blue)

The state of North Carolina football recruiting has SEC talent without any SEC schools

Another thing I notice when checking out prospects from North Carolina is that they are often less refined than some of their counterparts in other Southern states. It doesn't seem to be that their schools have lesser quality coaches or facilities, but rather the amount of time put into football during the off-season. The reason? AAU basketball. (SB Nation)

Big year for in-state defensive linemen in North Carolina

Although the sheer numbers may not be as high as normal, the quality remains high. At least six prospects are already entertaining scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs. The line forms behind Wake Forest defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who is truly an elite national prospect. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder is a physical powerhouse who also has the ability to explode out of his stance to produce a speed rush. (Fayetteville Observer)

2016 LB Jaquan Yulee to Announce on June 4

Chesapeake (VA) Indian River linebacker Jaquan Yulee will make his college decision on June 4th at Indian River High School, according to his Twitter account. The nations 152nd best overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite has North Carolina over Alabama in the Crystal Ball. According to sources close to his recruitment, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Florida State are also in play. (247 Sports)

5-Star LB Keion Joyner Favoring Five

In a conversation with Havelock High School head football coach Jim Bob Byrant, CarolinaBlue learned that five-star outside linebacker Keion Joyner is favoring five schools right now. "I think its five right now," Bryant said. "North Carolina, Texas A&M, Auburn, LSU, and Florida State." Joyner is the No. 1 prospect in the state of North Carolina and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite ranking of the 2016 class. (Carolina Blue)

Video: QB Logan Byrd chose UNC for many reasons

Logan Byrd recently committed to North Carolina. The Peach State quarterback was at one time a Virginia Tech commitment, but he feels Chapel Hill, N.C. is where he belongs. Scout recently visited the talented signal caller at Veterans High School in Kathleen, Ga. and Byrd breaks down his commitment to UNC, he talks about what the Tar Heels are getting in him, and more in this feature. (Inside Carolina)

Report: WR Kyran Bowman to de-commit from UNC, pursue basketball

Class of 2016 North Carolina wide receiver commit Kyran Bowman (Havelock, NC) plans to de-commit from the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound 247Sports Composite three-star prospect has been committed to UNC for over a year. "Kyran Bowman is no longer part of our football program," Havelock High School head football coach Jim Bob Byrant told CarolinaBlue on Thursday. "He is going to focus on basketball. He is going to de-commit from North Carolina." Bowman originally committed to UNC on March 20th of 2014. (Carolina Blue)

Star 2018 RB Ricky Slade is high on North Carolina

Ricky Slade is only 15 years old, but that's not stopping the steady flow of college offers. Described as a "freshman phenom" by Don Callahan of Inside Carolina, Slade is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back from Woodbridge, Va. Now, according to Callahan, North Carolina is one of the favorites to land the game-changing ball-carrier in 2018. (FOX Sports)

Tommy Hatton's Blog

Future Tar Heel Tommy Hatton, an offensive lineman from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, is filing regular blog entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June. In entry No. 1, Hatton outlines how he got started in football and how his competitive drive has fueled his success. "I love competition. I started playing football when I was in second grade for my town, Glen Rock." (Inside Carolina)

Incoming OL Tommy Hatton Is Driven

Incoming Tar Heel offensive lineman Tommy Hatton is consumed by his goals. He’s too young to remember the Four Horsemen or probably even WCW but Tommy Hatton is channeling Arn Anderson right now. He’s right in the middle of an early ’90s Saturday morning wrestling promo disguised as a phone interview and his words and passion are coming rapid fire. “I feel like the one thing that makes me stand out the most is I have a chip on my shoulder at all times,” Hatton says. (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels stockpiling offensive line talent

North Carolina's offense sputtered at times last season, due in part to inconsistency and lack of depth along the offensive line. But those issues should start disappearing in the near future due to some impressive recruiting by the Tar Heels. UNC continued a streak of landing highly rated blocking prospects over the weekend when offensive tackle Jay-Jay McCargo from Alexandria, Virginia, made a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels. (Fayetteville Observer)

Top UNC Football Recruits
Kyree Campbell2016 DE
Chazz Surratt2016 QB
Korey Banks2016 ATH
Jordon Brown2016 RB
Logan Byrd2016 QB
Nolan DeFranco2016 DE
Luke Elder2016 OT
Tomon Fox2016 DE
Tyrone Hopper2016 OLB
Jay Jay McCargo2016 OG

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