UNC Football Recruiting

UNC's 2016 Football Class: Fullfilling needs

Friday's commitment of tight end Noah Turner brought UNC's pledge total to 12. A string of defensive commitments in June along with two Georgia prospects pulling the trigger at the Freak Show and a late June quarterback flip from Duke, helped UNC gain momentum heading into the current July dead period. With many positions full or close to being full, let's examine what needs and spots remain for UNC's 2016 class along potential targets for each position. (Carolina Blue)

UNC in Top 3 for 5-Star LB Keion Joyner

July 4 was filled with celebrations, with the sky lighting up with a firework displays, but several college coaches had a different celebration on its hands; they made the top three for one of the nation's premier linebackers in North Carolina's Keion Joyner. The 6-3, 230-pound prospect listed LSU, Florida State and North Carolina, as the three schools on the top of his board, but he noted in his tweet that the list is subject to change. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Noah Turner: "I fell in love with it"

It only took one visit for class of 2016 tight end Noah Turner (Mundelein, IL/Carmel Catholic) to fall in love with UNC and know it was the place for him. He took an unofficial visit to North Carolina on March 24th and was offered by the Tar Heels the same day. "I knew from the day I went there it was the place," Turner told CarolinaBlue via text on Friday afternoon. "I fell in love with it. They wanted me just as bad as I wanted them." (Carolina Blue)

TE Noah Turner Commits to UNC

Fireworks went off early in Chapel Hill when UNC landed the Illinois tight end. Not wanting to wait until his late July visit, Noah Turner committed to North Carolina on Friday. UNC is one of 18 schools to have offered Turner, 6-foot-3, 237-pound tight end from Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel. Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, NC State, Purdue, and Wake Forest are some of the other notable programs to have offered. (Inside Carolina)

Q&A With UNC DB Commit Javontay Smith

The recruiting process is never over. Carver defensive back Javontay Smith knows that. Despite committing to North Carolina last November, college coaches from a number of different schools are still making aggressive runs at the 6-foot-2 senior. Last Thursday when he spoke to the Ledger-Enquirer, however, Smith was wearing a pale blue shirt, like those worn by the Tar Heels, and he said that’s the color he’s still loyal to. (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)

Tommy Hatton in-depth Q&A Part 3

What do you do for fun besides football? Tommy Hatton: "I just clown around, to be honest. Off the football field I like to make people laugh. I go fishing, bowling, play pool. I’m easygoing. I hang out with a lot of different people. We just try to stay low-key and stay out of trouble because we have a lot to lose and a lot of people around here don’t really know what that means. We try to do our own thing and have fun." (Carolina Blue)

QB Chazz Surratt flip might signal NCAA issues over for UNC football

A single verbal commitment late last week could have a pivotal impact on the Tar Heels moving forward. The decision by East Lincoln High School quarterback Chazz Surratt to back off a previous pledge to Duke in favor of UNC may be a sign the cloud created by a nearly five-year long NCAA probe may be clearing. Surratt's change-of-heart was big news based on his talent alone. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is the state's best dual-sport athlete. (Fayetteville Observer)

2016 TE Garrett Walston Commits to Georgia

New Hanover three-star tight end Garrett Walston committed to the Georgia Bulldogs over North Carolina. It wasn’t anything elaborate. He didn’t trumpet his choice from his Twitter account. There was no press conference at his local high school. It all went as planned. Just a simple phone call to the coaches who were recruiting him at each school. New Hanover offensive coordinator Darryl Raynor confirmed Walston’s choice with the AJC on Tuesday afternoon. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Tommy Hatton in-depth Q&A Part 2

When did you first start playing football and what was your favorite position to play? Tommy Hatton: "I started playing football when I was really young. I think it was second or third grade. I’ve played offensive line my whole life. I was a chubby little kid. I really didn’t love football, to be honest. In 7th grade I was going to hang up the cleats for good and just wrestle. I was a big-time wrestler." (Carolina Blue)

Tommy Hatton in-depth Q&A Part 1

Incoming North Carolina center Tommy Hatton was one of the top overall center prospects in the 2015 recruiting class and perhaps the toughest overall offensive line prospect.The New Jersey product brings raw aggression to the game and has the upside and dedication to be one of the anchors of the Tar Heels offensive line. Hatton, an Under Armour All-American, spoke with us about his recruitment and other topics in this exclusive three-part Q&A. (Carolina Blue)

Big decision ahead for 2016 TE Garrett Walston

As student-athletes across the country make decisions this summer on where to continue their careers on the field and in the classroom, New Hanover High School rising senior Garrett Walston is taking his time–with one year to go and plenty of interest from Division I programs–is making what he believes will be the best choice concerning his future. In the recently updated list released by Scout 300, Walston was ranked as the top tight end in North Carolina. (Port City Daily)

No. 1 high school football recruit Dexter Lawrence has plenty of college options

A popular song goes, “It’s hard to be humble when you’re better than all of the rest.” Not so for Wake Forest star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. “I’ve always been kind of a laid back guy,” Lawrence explained. “So being humble is not anything new it’s just harder now because of the recruiting thing.” (WNCN)

Chazz Surratt: Always a Tar Heel

On Friday news broke that class of 2016 dual-threat quarterback Chazz Surratt (Denver, NC/East Lincoln) was flipping his commitment from Duke to UNC. CarolinaBlue spoke with the Tar Heel commit shortly after he made the decision. "They (UNC coaching staff) told me the football team won't be touched by the allegations. I always grew up a Tar Heel. I talked with Roy Williams last night and if I want to play basketball I have a preferred walk-on spot at Carolina." (Carolina Blue)

2016 QB Chazz Surratt decommits from Duke, flips to UNC

Chazz Surratt was a Blue Devil. Now he's going to be a Tar Heel. “Yep, (he decommitted) just a few minutes ago,” Brandi Surratt said. “He’s committing to UNC.” The 6-2 quarterback led Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln to a 16-0 record and passed for 4338 yards and 51 touchdowns last season, while also rushing for 1,239 yards and 22 touchdowns. Surratt committed to Duke on April 21 over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, UNC, NC State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia among others. (Inside Carolina)

2016 DT Christian Colon commits to Penn State

Before Tuesday, Penn State had no defensive tackle commitments in its class of 2016. Now, it has two. Charlotte, N.C., Independence three-star defensive tackle Christian Colon verbally committed to the Lions Thursday night, picking head coach James Franklin's program over Pittsburgh, Maryland, UCLA, Syracuse, and North Carolina, among others. (

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