UNC Football Recruiting

RB Elijah Hood decommits from Notre Dame

Consensus four-star running back recruit Elijah Hood has decommitted from Notre Dame, according to 247sports. Hood committed to the Irish back in April, but will more than likely not end up playing in South Bend. Distance from home appears to be a significant factor in Hood's decision, and the Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic star could be looking more at North Carolina as an option. (SB Nation)

DT Ricky Walker re-opens his recruitment

A month ago, Bethel lineman Ricky Walker trimmed his list of scholarship offers to five finalists: North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. But now, you can scratch that. Walker tweeted Sunday morning he was re-opening up the recruiting process and that “all schools have a free shot.” A few second later, he tweeted that he would have a “top five” -- not necessarily a final five -- in the next few weeks. (Daily Press)

2015 RB Nyheim Hines has family connection to UNC

Class of 2015 athlete Nyheim Hines (Garner, N.C.) is one of the fastest players in the coming recruiting cycle and has earned five early scholarship offers. "I don’t have a favorite, but I really like Duke and North Carolina so far." According to Hines, he has a family connection to the Tar Heels. “My aunt, Ariel Harris, she played soccer at UNC. She just wants me to make the right choice and go where I can be most successful. I know if I do actually go there though, she’ll be thrilled.” (247 Sports)

Josh Cabrera named WITN Pepsi Player Of The Week

Northside-Jacksonville senior Josh Cabrera is WITN's newest Pepsi Player Of The Week. The recent UNC commitment is set for a stellar season for the Monarchs at wide receiver and defensive back. Part of what makes Cabrera's success impressive is his quick adaptation to the Northside system. He's only been with the team for two years after transferring from Georgia. (WITN)

Texas WR Cayleb Jones transferring to Arizona

Former Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones is transferring to Arizona. Jones chose Arizona over finalists East Carolina and Oklahoma and received serious interest from several schools, including North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and Colorado. His father, former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, confirmed the decision to and said the Wildcats provided the best opportunity to start over his career. (

Several UNC football commits among Athlete Vault's 2014 Top-100 in NC

UNC has 5 commitments in the 2014 football recruiting class ranked in the Athlete Vault's listing of the top-100 football recruits in the state of North Carolina. #1 prospect Lorenzo Featherston and #8 recruit Trevion Thompson are currently uncommitted and are considering the Tar Heels. Below are the 5 UNC commits and their rankings:

4 Bentley Spain OL
6-6 275
Providence HS/Charlotte, NC

19 Robert Dinkins DE
6-2 245
Olympic HS/Charlotte, NC

20 Cayson Collins LB
6-2 210
Berry Academy/Charlotte, NC

25 Avery Edwards TE
6-5 220
Ravenscroft School/Raleigh, NC

43 Austin Proehl WR
5-10 160
Providence HS/Charlotte, NC (Several UNC football commits among Athlete Vault's 2014 Top-100 in NC)

WR Josh Cabrera commits to UNC

Northside senior wide receiver Josh Cabrera figured he’d decide where he wanted to play his college football sometime during his final high school season — or right after it. But as June passed into July and then practice started for the Monarchs, Cabrera was sure he knew in his heart where he wanted to go. So, he thought, why wait?“Yeah, that’s basically it,” Cabrera said before practice Monday after committing Sunday night to North Carolina (Jacksonville Daily News)

Lorenzo Featherston plays on a different level

At 6 feet 8 and 220 pounds, Lorenzo Featherston's prototypical size already has college teams drooling over his potential on Saturdays, and that’s before his speed enters the equation. Featherston has been clocked in the low 4.7s and high 4.6s in the 40-yard dash. Recruiting websites have linked ACC schools Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and N.C. State to the defensive end, and he reportedly has offers from Ohio State, Michigan Florida and Notre Dame, among others. (Greensboro News & Record)

Former Texas WR Cayleb Jones has seven schools in mind for next stop

Former Longhorn Cayleb Jones looks like he's getting closer to a decision with regard to his next college. Late last month, the Austin High-grad announced he'd transfer from Texas. On Saturday, his dad Robert told YNN Sports his son will choose between seven schools. In alphabetical order, they are Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, East Carolina, North Carolina and Oklahoma. (Your News Now Austin)

ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal Division

Former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl saw his son Austin decide to take his talents to Chapel Hill, even though his dad went to Wake Forest. Three-star RB Caleb Kinlaw chose Georgia Tech over UNC, and assuming he doesn’t de-commit, he will probably play A-back in Paul Johnson’s triple option offense. The Cavaliers' most recent commitment comes from the nation’s 188th ranked recruit according to ESPN — three-star DB Jeff Farrar. (ACC Sports Journal)

ATH Noah Brown names Ohio State his leader

Noah Brown, the 6-2, 210-pound wide receiver from Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.), is slated to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers, Tuesday, he told One of the most heavily recruited uncommitted receivers in the northeast, Brown recently named Ohio State his leader after a recent visit to Columbus. The Scarlet Knights appear one of the top contenders for Brown's services joining Ohio State, USC, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and South Carolina in his top eight. (

N.C. LB Isaac Stewart commits to Louisville

The University of Louisville football team added its 23rd recruiting commitment for the 2014 class on Monday from three-star Charlotte, N.C., linebacker Isaac Stewart. Stewart is ranked as the nation’s No. 33 insider linebacker and the No. 26 prospect in North Carolina by He chose U of L from a list of major scholarship offers that included North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Mississippi State and Kansas State. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

2014 RB D'Ernest Johnson de-commits from North Carolina

Immokalee High's D'Ernest Johnson has changed his mind again. The star running back tweeted Friday that he was de-committing from North Carolina, just over two months after verbally committing to the Tar Heels. "No Longer Committed, My Commitment Has Open Up," Johnson wrote on his Twitter feed at 11:48 p.m. on Friday night. (Naples Daily News)

UNC offers Wake Forest HS defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence

Wake Forest High School defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is a rising-sophomore, but he is already getting plenty of recruiting attention. Lawrence received an offer from North Carolina on Saturday, according to Wake Forest Head Coach Reggie Lucas. Lawrence was a standout player on the Cougar defensive line last season as a freshman. On top of the UNC offer, the 6-foot-5, 290 pound run-stopper also has offers from Clemson and Arkansas. (High School OT)

TE Brandon Fritts will graduate early, enroll at UNC in January

Brandon Fritts will graduate early from Mentor and will enroll at North Carolina in January, the senior receiver confirmed on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound two-sport standout will follow the path of former Mentor quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who last year finished his high schooling in December and enrolled at North Carolina for classes that started in January. It was a difficult decision for Fritts, who said he still plans on returning for graduation ceremonies at Mentor next spring. (News-Herald)

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