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UNC Recruiting Week in Review

Actually, this recruiting "Week in Review" will cover the past two weeks so we can get back up to speed. Here goes...

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WR Marquez North is "a whole different animal"

Besides his rare strength and speed, North has large hands that seem built to catch footballs with ease. Recruiting analysts like what they see. “He’s the top receiver in the Southeast,” said recruiting expert Mike Farrell. “He’s very difficult to check and he’s very well thought of nationally. He’s expected to be a star at the next level and move onto the NFL with that kind of talent, to be honest.” (Charlotte Observer)

Tyquan Lewis Commitment "Coming Soon'"

By this time next month, Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C.) could be a Buckeye, a Tar Heel, or a Tiger. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound hybrid defensive end/linebacker indicated he is quite sure of where he wants to go and he received the blessing from his mother. Now, it’s just a matter of picking a date. North Carolina, Ohio State and LSU – as they have been for some time – are the finalists and Lewis wants to take official visits to all three. (

ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, August 17

Defensive end recruit Marquis Haynes switched his commitment from Louisville to North Carolina. Wide receiver Terrence Alls committed to Duke. The Blue Devils also reached across the country to land a commitment from California product Joseph Ajeigbe. Linebacker recruit Zach Bradshaw decommitted from Penn State and pledged to Virginia instead. (ACC Sports Journal)

Video: WR Jordan Fieulleteau ready for senior year

NBC 17 video featuring 2013 UNC wide receiver commit Jordan Fieulleteau, who is confident as he heads into his senior season at Wakefield High School. (NBC 17)

OL Jake Thomas commits to Mississippi State

Mississippi State picked up its 17th Class of 2013 pledge Wednesday with a commitment from Jake Thomas (Columbus, Miss.), multiple sources report. The Bulldogs won an in-state battle for Thomas, who also received scholarship offers from Ole Miss and Southern Miss. North Carolina and Stanford were among the other schools recruiting the 6-foot-5, 300-pound three-star prospect. (

Marquez North picked as top college football prospect in North Carolina

Marquez North, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, is considered one of the nation's top wide receiver prospects entering his senior year at Charlotte's Mallard Creek High School. Major programs such as Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon and many others have offered scholarships. Those offers and North's tremendous skills have earned him the No. 1 spot on The Fayetteville Observer's 2012 list of North Carolina's Top 50 college prospects. (Fayetteville Observer)

2014 safety C.J. Reavis lists UNC in top-2

C.J. Reavis: "I have offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Boston College, Virginia, and Maryland. Right now out of the schools that offered me, my favorites are Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Ohio State will be right there once they offer. I've also talked to Michigan a little bit, and I think they may be close to offering." (Eleven Warriors)

Offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder lists UNC in top-4

Tyrone Crowder, the highest rated recruit from the state of North Carolina, cut his list to four today. The four star offensive guard is down to UNC, Clemson, Stanford, and Georgia. This is huge news for Larry Fedora and company as Crowder, along with receiver Marquez North, has been one of the coaching staff’s top priories. According to ESPN, Crowder “spoke glowingly about the new coaching staff at North Carolina”. He hasn’t listed any leaders or favorites but expect the Tar Heels to be in it until the very end. (Keeping It Heel)

Johnathan Alston comfortable on both sides of the ball

Bunn, N.C. has a population less than 500, but college coaches know how to get to Bunn High School. The Wildcats have sent a handful of players to major colleges the past few years, and Johnathan Alston will be the next. The only question: which side of the ball will he play? "I like wide receiver right now," Alston answered. "But I'm getting a lot of offers on the defensive side of the ball also, outside linebacker." Alston still has to decide on a college. His top three are UNC, N.C. State and Notre Dame. (NBC 17)

Video: RB Khris Francis unstoppable on the field, in the classroom

Durham Hillside's Khris Francis is a humble, hard-working leader, and he's also a young man on the move. (NBC 17)

ACC Recruiting Links, August 10

UNC landed defensive end Marquis Haynes, who could play the ‘bandit’ position in Larry Fedora’s new defense. UNC basketball coach Roy Williams is worried that the class of 2016 recruits don’t know the NCAA’s new eligibility standards beginning that year. Offensive guard Tyrone Crowder lists the Tigers as one of his top four choices. The NCAA is reviewing the eligibility of N.C. State hoops freshman Rodney Purvis, and as a result, he couldn’t travel to Spain with the team. (ACC Sports Journal)

Tyquan Lewis the next big prospect at Tarboro

At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis is the next highly touted prospect to come out of Tarboro. Ohio State is one of the schools that is recruiting Lewis the heaviest, and the Buckeyes are surely pleased that they are in his top five. Joining Ohio State on Lewis' list is LSU, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Lewis hopes to make a verbal commitment by September. (High School OT)

DE Marquis Haynes Flips Commitment from Louisville to UNC

New North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has struck again. Three star defensive end Marquis Haynes has flipped his commitment from Louisville to UNC. Haynes becomes the third defensive end to commit to the Tar Heels in the 2013 class joining four star prospects Nazair Jones and Dejuan Drennnon. Haynes out of Jacksonville, FL is a nice athlete with the potential for huge upside. (Keeping It Heel)

ACC Recruiting Links, August 3

Here’s a closer look at recent UNC commit Greg Webb, the first prospect to de-commit from Penn State’s 2013 class in the wake of the Freeh Report. In hoops news, where was UNC recruiting in late July? Does Duke have an advantage in the recruitment of 2013 hoops star Julius Randle? (ACC Sports Journal)

ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, August 2

North Carolina has been especially busy since our last update, adding four commits. Center Lucas Crowley had planned on exploring his options, but one visit to Chapel Hill changed his mind. A pair of teammates from Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek — defensive end Dajaun Drennon and defensive tackle Greg Webb — both committed to UNC. Finally, coach Larry Fedora snagged another defensive end recruit with the commitment of Nazair Jones. (ACC Sports Journal)

UNC recruit Desmond Lawrence ready for senior season

Desmond Lawrence, a 6-foot, 176-pound senior, said he likes the enthusiasm of new UNC coach Larry Fedora and his coaching staff. “He’s really passionate about what he’s doing and what he’s trying to build,” Lawrence said of Fedora. With his college choice behind him, Lawrence said he’s ready to focus on his final season at Charlotte Christian. The Knights failed to make the playoffs last year after losing end-of-the-season games to Ravenscroft and Charlotte Providence Day. (Raleigh News & Observer)

Millbrook WR Corey Cooper commits to Louisville

Millbrook High School wide receiver Corey Cooper made his verbal commitment on Tuesday. The rising senior committed to Louisville, about a week after making a visit to the school. At 6-feet tall and 190 pounds, Cooper is rated a 3-star prospect and is ranked the 67th best wide receiver in his class, according to ESPN. He is a member of the Class of 2013. The senior was deciding between Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina and South Carolina. (High School OT)

Recruiters flock to Davidson Day QB Will Grier

Last year, Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier threw for 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns. Last January, MaxPreps, a national high school recruiting website, named him to its sophomore All-America team, giving Grier the distinction of being one of the nation’s best players in his class. Since then, it’s all been kind of crazy. Grier has offers from the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers as well as North Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina, where his father and high school coach, Chad Grier, once played quarterback. (Charlotte Observer)

Eight UNC football commits among top-30 in NC

Just in time for the 2012 football season, and Carolina Preps present the Top-100 senior football players in North Carolina.:
5. T.J. Logan, Northern Guilford, RB/DB, UNC
8. Nazair Jones, Roanoke Rapids, DL/OL, UNC
9. Desmond Lawrence, Charlotte Christian, DB, UNC
11. Brian Walker, Mallard Creek, CB, UNC
15. Khris Francis, Hillside, RB, UNC
25. R.J. Prince, Albemarle, OL, UNC
27. Korrin Wiggins, Hillside, DB, UNC
28. Jordan Fieulleteau, Wakefield, WR, UNC
(Carolina Preps)

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