UNC Football Recruiting

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UNC football recruit, Southern Durham senior Jordon Brown hoping for another moment

Football captivated Jordon Brown from an early age. No other sport matched the joy of scoring a touchdown. He should know. As a sophomore, the Southern Durham senior all-purpose back pulled off the TD every kid dreams of. Brown’s championship game-winning score in the final moments lifted Southern Durham to a 38-31 win over Crest in the 2013 N.C. High School Athletic Association 3AA final at BB&T Stadium in Winston-Salem.

UNC Lands Four-Star 2017 OL Jonah Melton

Prior to North Carolina’s home-opener, four-star offensive lineman Jonah Melton gave the Tar Heels their first verbal commitment of the 2017 class. Melton, a 6-foot-3, 293-pounder from Mebane (N.C.) Eastern Alamance, selected UNC over fellow favorites NC State and South Carolina. He also received scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Miami, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.

Video: UNC tight end commitment Garrett Walston makes incredible catch

Class of 2016 North Carolina tight end commit Garrett Walston made one of the more incredible catches you will see at any level of football. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 17 tight end in the country and the No. 18 player in the state of North Carolina.

Five-star DT Dexter Lawrence to visit UNC

Five-star defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will be taking an unofficial visit to UNC for the Tar Heels' Saturday game against Wake Forest. Lawrence is ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation and the No. 3 overall player in the 2016 class. An in-state prospect, Lawrence last visited UNC for June 20th's Freak Show. Since then he has been to Alabama, N.C. State, Florida, and Clemson.

Commitment Breakdown: James Pierre

You have to love a dog in the back end of the defense that plays with passion and competitiveness, and that's exactly what James Pierre will provide Gene Chizik's defense at UNC. The Broward County native is always eager to jump to the front of the line and test himself against the best of the best, and he has that chip on his shoulder that defensive coordinators love to see from their defensive backs.

UNC wins one against SEC

Anytime a football team in North Carolina can win a recruiting battle against a Southeastern Conference team, it's a significant achievement. When it's an in-state player who first made a verbal commitment to an SEC school, that's an even bigger deal. Such was the case for the North Carolina Tar Heels last Thursday when Wilmington tight end Garrett Walston flipped his pledge from Georgia to UNC.

UNC's 2016 football recruiting class coming together

With two flips in six days, UNC has now landed 19 recruits for the 2016 recruiting class. More impressive is the fact that the Tar Heels were able to flip highly targeted tight end Garrett Walston from Georgia of the SEC and James Pierre, a South Florida prospect, from the Miami Hurricanes. Walston provides UNC with a big pass-catching option, something UNC needs given the height of their wide receiver commits in this class.

Miami Commit James Pierre Flips to UNC

For the second straight week, UNC has flipped a commitment. James Pierre switched his commitment from Miami to UNC on Tuesday, he confirmed to Inside Carolina. The 6-2 safety from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High camped in Chapel Hill over the summer. He chose Miami back in May over offers from Wisconsin, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Cincinnati and Bowling Green.

2017 DE Jonathon MacCollister Likes UNC's Improved Defense

Not long ago, Jonathon MacCollister was interested in North Carolina, but being mainly a defensive player, UNC's performances in 2014 weren't exactly selling points to highly regarded recruits. But five games into this season, and that's changing for many prospects, including MacCollister. Gene Chizik and a new defensive staff and the obvious improvements the unit has made are resonating on the trail.

UNC football staff deploys chopper, watch Dorn and Dunlap

The UNC football staff's visit to Charlotte culminated with a helicopter trip to West Charlotte High School where the Lions were taking on Vance High School. Two of UNC's top remaining targets were on the field. Marlon Dunlap, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound defensive tackle, plays for the Lions while Myles Dorn, a 6-foot-2 defensive back and wide receiver, plays for Vance. Both are 2016 recruits.

Why Garrett Walston is so important

Where to start? Class of 2016 prospect Garrett Walston (Wilmington, NC/New Hanover) provides North Carolina with a talented and polished, pass-catching tight end. Essentially, the Tar Heels are getting a jumbo wide receiver with solid speed, great athleticism, ideal size, and incredible hands. More importantly, UNC is getting a no-frills football player who has a love and the instincts for the game that you rarely see anymore.

Garrett Walston Explains Flip To UNC

Three star tight end Garrett Walston had been committed to Georgia since June, but that came to an end on Thursday night as the 6-foot-4, 223-pound prospect flipped his commitment to North Carolina. "I think the biggest thing was just being closer to my family," Walston said.

2016 DL Marlon Dunlap remains humble despite recruiting blitz

West Charlotte defensive lineman Marlon Dunlap has multiple Division I scholarship offers and was named to the N.C. Shrine Bowl team this week. He’s so good North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora plans to load up a helicopter with Tar Heels staff and land on West Charlotte’s campus Friday night before the Lions’ homecoming game against Vance, sources confirmed. “He may be the best at his position in the area,” Vance coach Aaron Brand said of Dunlap, a tackle.

Four-Star TE Garrett Walston Flips to UNC

Garrett Walston will continue his football career in state after all. The four-star tight end switched his commitment to UNC from Georgia on Thursday, according to Inside Carolina sources. Walston, a 6-foot-4 standout from Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover ranked the No. 15 tight end in the nation by, originally selected Georgia on June 30 over in-state programs UNC and NC State.

Video: UNC WR Commit Roscoe Johnson Midseason Highlights

Mid-season senior highlights of 2016 North Carolina wide receiver commit Roscoe Johnson (Union, SC, Union County).

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