Spring football preview capsules: ACC Coastal
Defensive line questions. Kareem Martin and Tim Jackson are both gone, leaving big holes in the North Carolina front. Martin ended up notching 21.5 tackles for loss to rank No. 3 in the ACC. So who are the next guys up? At end, Junior Gnonkonde and Jessie Rogers are the top two contenders, while Shawn Underwood, Devonte Brown and Justin Thomason will compete for one of the tackle spots.
Three Things: Carolina 27, ECU 6
After entering the game with just six sacks, Carolina picked up seven sacks against East Carolina. The Tar Heel defensive line was in the backfield most of the day. The pressure came from numerous different sources, as six different Tar Heels picked up a full sack, and Kareem Martin and Devonte Brown each had a half-sack.
Devonte Brown finds place with Tar Heels
One game was all it took for Devonte Brown to realize one major goal of his college football career. Brown, who graduated from Jack Britt High School just three months ago, saw playing time at defensive tackle in the fourth quarter last Saturday as North Carolina defeated James Madison, 42-10, in its season opener. "I was exhilarated," said Brown, who made the first tackle of his career on JMU running back Jordan Anderson.
10 things we learned at the ACC Kickoff
Devonte Brown might not redshirt at North Carolina. Jack Britt High School graduate Devonte Brown might actually see action for North Carolina as a true freshman instead of redshirting. UNC coach Butch Davis said that the 6-foot-4-inch, 295-pounder will get a chance to show what he can do at both defensive tackle and end during preseason camp.
Shrine Bowl: Final wrap
Best group of commits: North Carolina; The Tar Heels had the best group of commits at the Shrine Bowl with Devonte Brown, tight end Eric Ebron (Greensboro, N.C./Ben Smith), Brandon Ellerbe, running back Travis Riley (Kannapolis, N.C./Brown), offensive guard Jarrod James (Pikeville, N.C./Aycock), T.J. Thorpe, and Shawn Underwood. If South Carolina can close with Clowney, Dukes, Adams and linebacker Lateek Townsend (Bennettsville, S.C./Marlboro County), then the Gamecocks will have the better group, but just going by the players who are committed now, North Carolina had the best bunch.
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, Nov. 19
This week UNC added Devonte Brown, its seventh four-star commitment from the class. Brown, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive tackle from Fayetteville, turned down offers from Florida, Auburn and seven other ACC schools to join the Tar Heel ranks next fall. North Carolina also scored a commitment from Florida native Alex Dixon on the same day. Dixon, a defensive back, turned down offers from in-state schools Florida State and South Florida. Quarterback Marquise Williams has been moved back from a soft to a regular verbal commitment by Scout .
Devonte Brown will fill D-line need for UNC
Devonte Brown, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle, chose UNC over more than 25 other offers, although his final list featured Clemson, Florida, N.C. State and Tennessee. The commitment was a big one for the Tar Heels, who have some major needs to fill along the defensive line in recruiting with this class. Brown is regarded as one of the nation's top defensive tackle prospects. But before Brown committed, he received some reassurances from the UNC coaching staff regarding the current NCAA investigation.
ACC Recruiting Links, Nov. 16
What NCAA investigation? UNC continues to pick up football recruits, the latest of which are defensive tackle Devonte Brown and cornerback Alex Dixon. Here’s the weekend scoreboard for every UNC recruit’s high school game. On the basketball side, the Tar Heels missed out on five-star recruit Cody Zeller.
DT Devonte Brown commits to UNC
Jack Britt's senior defensive tackle Devonte Brown made a surprise decision on his college future Sunday when he gave an oral commitment to UNC. Brown, who in recent interviews listed both Clemson and Florida ahead of the Tar Heels, was swayed after making an official visit to Chapel Hill on Saturday for the Virginia Tech game. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder picked UNC over more than 20 offers, but his final list of choices included Clemson, Florida and N.C. State.