Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Recruiting.
UNC "in the running" for 2016 OG Richard Merritt
Richard Merritt, a 2016 offensive guard out of Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C., told CarolinaBlue that UNC is "in the running." The 6-foot-5, 345-pound prospect says he has not heard from UNC since camp, but did mentioned that one coach stopped by his high school. Recruiting regulations prohibited the coach doing any more than merely shaking Merritt's hand. Per the 247Sports Composite rankings Merritt is the No. 2 offensive guard in the 2016 class.
UNC football commit Javarius Davis: "I just make plays"
Class of 2015 cornerback Javarius Davis explained what was going through his mind when UNC head coach asked "Who's next?!?" at the end of last Saturday's Freak Show. In a surprise decision, Davis committed to the Tar Heels and will bring his speed and athleticism to Kenan Stadium. The 5-foot-9.5, 173-pound athlete with 4.47 second 40 yard dash speed spoke with CarolinaBlue about why he committed to UNC and his recruitment experience.
UNC Football Commit Johnathan Sutton: Speed and Hitting
Class of 2015 linebacker Johnathan Sutton decision to commit to North Carolina on Saturday before the Freak Show was based on his comfort with the Tar Heel coaching staff and the football program. UNC linebacker's coach Ron West led the recruitment of the 6-foot, 215-pound Sutton. "He (West) was just being real with me," the 247Sports Composite three-star linebacker explained to CarolinaBlue. "He kept everything straight with me. He showed me everything."
2015 RB Bryce Love on UNC: "It was amazing! Loved it."
Bryce Love is regarded as one of North Carolina's top targets in the 2015 recruiting class. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back who runs a 4.30 second 40-yard dash is currently preparing for The Opening which will be held in Eugene, Oregon over July 7th-10th. Love attended Fedora's Freak Show on Saturday night and told CarolinaBlue "It was amazing! Loved it." According to his father, Love plans to narrow down his list of schools near the end of this summer.
UNC Football Class of 2015: Defense
At Saturday's Freak Show, North Carolina added four recruits. Two defensive players and two offensive players. 6-foot-0, 215-pound linebacker Johnathan Sutton, 5-foot-9.5 187-pound cornerback Javarius Davis, 6-foot-4 277-pound offensive guard Nick Polino, and 6-foot-4 187-pound wide receiver Juval Mollette. With these commitments the 2015 recruiting class picture became more clear as many of UNC's needs were satisfied allowing coaches and fans to turn their attention to what spaces remain to be filled.
DE Trevon Hill cuts list to 10
Virginia Beach (VA) Salem Defensive End Trevon Hill cut his list to a Top Ten on Monday. The schools making the cut are (in no specific order): Clemson, Louisville, N.C. State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Hill is a three star prospect per 247Sports and has a Crystal Ball favoring the Hokies over North Carolina 82%/18%.
DT Shy Tuttle Names UNC In Top-5 List
The recruitment for five-star defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (Lexington, N.C. North Davidson) could be nearing the finish line as the standout defender tweeted his top five schools on Monday with four ACC programs in the hunt and one from the SEC. The 6-3, 315-pound defensive tackle tweeted his top five schools in no order: Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State, Clemson and Miami. Tuttle is the nation’s No. 29 player overall regardless of position, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Freak Show gives commits taste of Tar Heel experience
Anthony Ratliff knew he wanted to go to North Carolina. He was sure of that before he even stepped on the field at Kenan Stadium Saturday night. But for Ratliff, a 2015 quarterback commit from Matthews, N.C., participating in his second Freak Show reaffirmed his commitment to coach Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels. Ratliff was one of more than 40 elite prospects who participated in the annual Fedora's Freak Show.
Video: Freak Show - 'Who's Next?'
Watch UNC football coach Larry Fedora receive three verbal commitments - Juval Mollette, Javarius Davis, Nick Polino - at the conclusion of the Freak Show on Saturday night.
2015 CB Javarius Davis commits to UNC
Javarius Davis announced a top ten list of schools on Friday. On Saturday night at "Fedora's Freak Show," the Jacksonville (Fla.) White cornerback prospect committed to North Carolina. Davis, who stands 5-10 and 181 pounds, had a list of offering finalists that included Florida, Louisville, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UNC, USC and Wisconsin. He first visited UNC for a Junior Day in February.
2015 OL Nick Polino commits to UNC
Buford (Ga.) High offensive lineman Nick Polino answered Larry Fedora's call of "Who's Next" at the conclusion of the "Freak Show" on Saturday night, committing to the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-4, 273-pound prospect selected UNC over offers from Arkansas, Cal, Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He was a top 10 performer in the Georgia Rising Seniors game.
WR Juval Mollette Commits to UNC at Freak Show
Larry Fedora’s Freak Show on Saturday night had all the attributes of a major event except fireworks – that was until Juval Mollette verbally committed as part of the event’s grand finale. Mollette, a 6-foot-4, 187-pound wide receiver from Randleman (N.C.), selected UNC over fellow finalists Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. Clemson and UNC battled neck-and-neck for Mollette since the end of the football season.
2015 LB Johnathan Sutton commits to UNC
During a return visit to North Carolina for Fedora’s Freak Show, Johnathan Sutton verbally committed to the Tar Heels, sources confirm. Sutton, a 5-foot-11, 214-pound linebacker from Swansea (S.C.), chose UNC over scholarship offers from nearly 20 schools, including Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, NC State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. His scholarship count would have likely increased if he hadn’t suffered a season-ending knee injury three games into his junior season.
UNC commit Tommy Hatton ready to recruit for Tar Heels
2015 four-star offensive lineman and UNC commit Tommy Hatton tells CarolinaBlue he intends to do everything he can to help recruit a top class to UNC for 2015. Hatton will have two big time opportunities to meet, talk to, and convince some of the nation's more elite recruits to come to North Carolina. Hatton will be at tonight's (Saturday) Freak Show in Chapel Hill and the Nike Football's The Opening which will be held in Oregon in early July.
SEC vs. ACC: Which Power Conference Will Claim Stud DE Jalen Dalton? (video)
Jalen Dalton, a 4-star defensive end, is one of the top recruits in the 2015 class and has yet to decide where he will play college football. The 6'5", 235-pound playmaker has a unique combination of size and athleticism that will make him a serious threat at the next level.