Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Recruiting.
Arrest latest setback for Asheville RB Jave Jones
Former All-WNC running back Jave Jones was arrested earlier this week at his high school. Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Natalie Bailey said Friday that Jones, 16, was facing a misdemeanor charge of breaking and entering at the time of his arrest Tuesday at Reynolds. The brush with the law is the latest blow to Jones, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior who is believed to be the youngest football player in Western North Carolina history to receive an ACC scholarship offer. The University of North Carolina tendered its offer to Jones last April.
On The Carolina Gridiron Recruiting Trail
The Tar Heel 2014 recruiting class, ranked No. 18 by Rivals.com, continues to be filled out. Last weekend, UNC hosted all but one of its verbal commitments and Callahan says Carolina all but locked up two more solid additions to the squad in top-notch punter Corbin Daly and the speedy wide receiver Devin Perry.
2014 WR Devin Perry Commits to UNC
According to sources, Devin Perry verbally committed to North Carolina before concluding his official visit to the school on Sunday. Heading into the visit, Perry, a 6-foot-2, 176-pound wide receiver from Memphis (Tenn.) University School, had narrowed his focus to UNC, TCU and Vanderbilt, but admitted UNC had become a slight leader.
Caleb Henderson competes in All-American Bowl
Caleb Henderson’s time playing football with Lake Braddock may have come to an end with his team’s regional semifinal defeat against Westfield in November, but that wasn’t his last high school game. The Lake Braddock senior quarterback was in San Antonio last week for the 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, a premier all-star game featuring 90 of the best prep players in the country.
Elijah Hood, Corbin Daly named Max Prep first-team All-Americans
Hood, who was named U.S. Army All-America national player of the year, was one of three first-team running backs. A North Carolina recruit, he ran for a Mecklenburg County record 3,640 yards and 53 scores. He was the All-Observer Offensive Player of the Year.
UNC RB commit Antonio Williams named to 1st-Team Sophomore All-American Team
RB - Antonio Williams, 5-11, 199, North Stanly (New London, N.C.) By rushing for 2,170 yards as a sophomore, Williams crossed the 3,500-yard mark for his career.
Elijah Hood named Army’s national player of year
Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood has been named the U.S. Army’s national player of the year. Hood received the award at a banquet on Friday in San Antonio, where he was preparing to play in Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Hood, who has committed to North Carolina, rushed for Mecklenburg County-records 3,690 yards and 53 touchdowns this season. The yardage ranks second in N.C. history behind West Rowan’s Kevin Parks (3,794) and the touchdown total is third highest in state history.
2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Preview
The 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC live from the Alamodome in San Antonio. Ohio State and Georgia fans will have the most to watch this weekend as both Urban Meyer and Mark Richt boast six prospects respectively. Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, LSU, Oregon, Texas and North Carolina each have commitments from four prospects in San Antonio. North Carolina’s Caleb Henderson is the sixth-best QB prospect in America.
Caleb Henderson among standouts at Army All-American Bowl
Caleb Henderson has had the chance to get acquainted with Charlotte Catholic senior running back and fellow UNC commit Elijah Hood. Henderson, who earned All-Met Offensive Player of the Year honors this past fall, should mesh well in the backfield with Hood, who’s proficient as a rusher between the tackles and as a receiving option in the flats.
Army All-American punter Corbin Daly considering UNC
Corbin Daly, punter from Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, North Carolina) has officially decommitted from the University of Texas at Austin. As the #2 punter in the nation in the Class of 2014, the 6'3 190 pound football star has been highly recruited by Texas, South Carolina, UNC Chapel Hill, Ohio State, Michigan State, Texas A&M, UNC Charlotte and several other Division I universities.
Three UNC commits named to Associated Press North Carolina All-State football team
Three UNC commits were named to the Associated Press North Carolina All-State team this week: Running back Elijah Hood, offensive tackle Bentley Spain, and kicker Freeman Jones.
Hood was named North Carolina's Player of the Year, and all three commits are members of UNC's 2014 football recruiting class
. Spain and Hood have both signed their National Letters of Intent and will enroll at UNC later this month and participate in Spring Practice with the Tar Heels.
Here's the complete list of the All-State team with each player's class and college commitment listed in parenthesis.
QB-Will Grier, Davidson Day (2014, Florida)
, Charlotte Catholic (2014, UNC)
RB-Nyheim Hines, Garner (2015, uncommitted)
RB-Rocky Reid, Concord (2015, uncommitted)
RB-Derrell Scott, Havelock (2014, uncommitted)
WR-Corey Joyner, Lake Norman (2015, uncommitted)
WR-Maurice Trowell, Southern Durham (2014, NC State)
WR-Mykelti Armstrong, Gastonia Forestview (2014, uncommitted)
TE-Jaylen Samuels, Charlotte Mallard Creek (2014, NC State)
, Charlotte Providence (2014, UNC)
OL-Trip McNeill, Davie County (2014, Duke)
OL-Nathan Dalton, East Henderson (2014, Western Carolina)
OL-Kyle Erickson, Fayetteville Britt (2014, East Carolina)
OL-Omar Todman, Charlotte Mallard Creek (2014, uncommitted)
DL-Lamont Gaillard, Fayetteville Pine Forest (2014, Georgia)
DL-Harold Landry, Fayetteville Pine Forest (2014, Boston College)
DL-Ikeem Allen, Charlotte Mallard Creek (2014, Ball State)
DL-Quintin Brinkley, West Forsyth (2014, uncommitted)
LB-Chris Register, Greensboro Dudley (2014, Clemson)
LB-Daishon Davis, Belmont South Point (2014, uncommitted)
LB-Coult Culler, Wilmington Laney (2014, NC State)
DB-Jaire Alexander, Rocky River (2015, uncommitted)
DB-Germaine Pratt, High Point Central (2014, NC State)
DB-Tanner Muse, Belmont South Point (2015, Clemson)
DB-Quinlyn Harris, Lincolnton (2015, uncommitted)
DB-Tre'Shun Wynn, Monroe (2014, uncommitted)
K-Thomas Blakey, Asheville Reynolds (2014, uncommitted)
, Bunn (2014, UNC)
P-Corbin Daly, Charlotte Ardrey Kell (2014, uncommitted)
KR-Jerrick Robbins, Indian Trail Porter Ridge (2014, uncommitted)
ATH-Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman (2015, uncommitted)
ATH-Emmanuel Moseley, Greensboro Dudley (2014, Tennessee)
Elijah Hood named AP prep football player of the year for North Carolina
Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood has been named The Associated Press prep football player of the year for North Carolina. Hood, a senior, earned eight of a possible 12 votes from sports writers across the state to earn the 2013 honor in results released Wednesday. On Monday, Hood made the AP all-state team for the second straight season. Hood originally committed to Notre Dame but later switched to North Carolina.
UNC WR commit Josh Cabrera is Jacksonville, NC area football player of the year
Northside’s Josh Cabrera is known for his pass-catching abilities, but the senior also did his fair share of carrying this past football season. Simply put, Cabrera took a Northside squad that had lost 31 seniors from a regional final team that went 14-1 overall in 2012, and carried the Monarchs this season to their third consecutive East Central 2-A Conference title and into the third round of the NCHSAA 2-AA playoffs.
DT Marquis Haynes, denied admission to UNC, changes commitment to Ole Miss
Ole Miss received more fortune when Marquis Haynes became available. The defensive tackle from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy committed to North Caroline but couldn’t get into school. Tar Heels coaches helped Haynes land at Ole Miss after North Carolina wouldn’t admit him. “The UNC coaches told me to trust Ole Miss,” Haynes told Rebel Grove.
Garner RB Nyheim Hines: "Ohio State is at the top"
With Nyheim Hines, Ohio State already stuck its foot in the door that was originally opened by Everett Withers. A three-star junior prospect from Garner, N.C., Hines knows the Buckeyes will be heavily involved in his recruitment until he ultimately makes a decision. Hines thinks very highly of Ohio State, and he said the Buckeyes would in his top-five if he were to officially release one. "I know Ohio State is at the top," Hines said. Just don't forget that Withers, now gone, was the man behind Ohio State's push toward the top of Hines' list.