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Jeremiah Clarke talks playoffs, North Carolina commitment

T.C. Williams defensive lineman Jeremiah Clarke kicked off his senior year by making his college decision, committing to North Carolina on Fathers’ Day. In two weeks, the 6-foot-5, 275-pounder will close out his final season of high school football in a place where no Titan has gone in 22 years: the playoffs. "I picked UNC because it’s close, the education is top notch and it fits my style of play. They’ve got a reputation of putting defensive linemen in the NFL, so that was big for me."

Freeman Jones excels on field, in the classroom

Freeman Jones has kicking a football down to a science. First, hit the weight room, then get a good stretch in before going to work. Jones can drill it through the uprights from more than 50 yards and virtually all of his kickoffs go for touchbacks. Once he put on a show at a Carolina football camp last year, it was a done deal. Jones was going to be a Tar Heel.

Caleb Henderson Wins Battle of Future UNC Teammates

The Lake Braddock-T.C. Williams matchup on Oct. 25 pitted future University of North Carolina teammates against one another. Malik Carney and Jeremiah Clarke, who will play defense for the Tar Heels, had their moments, but the rest of the afternoon belonged to the Bruins and UNC quarterback commit Caleb Henderson. Henderson threw a touchdown pass and rushed for two more scores as Lake Braddock cruised to a 44-0 victory at T.C. Williams High School.

2015 DT Shy Tuttle object of much attention

The helicopter that circled over North Davidson before landing on the school’s soccer field just prior to kickoff last Friday night was not carrying spies from Reagan or West Forsyth. But it did carry Coach Larry Fedora of North Carolina and Chris Kapilovic , UNC’s running-game coordinator, who has been scouting Shy Tuttle , North’s 6-2, 290-pound junior defensive tackle. (scroll down)

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

UNC running back commit Elijah Hood cracked the 250 yard rushing mark yet again. Quarterback Caleb Henderson passed and ran for a combined 300+ yards and 3 touchdowns. And tight end Avery Edwards hauled in five passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Find out how the rest of the Tar Heel commits fared in this week's edition of the Weekend Recruit Scoreboard.

Elijah Hood rushes for 266 yards, 3 touchdowns

Elijah Hood rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns Friday in Charlotte Catholic’s 29-13 win over West Mecklenburg. But the most impressive thing he did in the game may have been a touchdown-saving tackle on defense. The teams were tied 7-7 in the second quarter when West Meck running back Shaun Wilson took a handoff at the Hawks’ 7-yard-line. He broke into the open field and looked to have a sure touchdown until Hood, who was playing linebacker, tracked him down from behind.

Video: Football commit M.J. Stewart ready to make the switch from offense to defense

Despite being one of the most prolific offensive players in the area since 2011, Yorktown's M.J. Stewart will be playing defensive back at the University of North Carolina.

Get to know UNC football commit Brandon Fritts

Most nights, Brandon Fritts has as little as 20 minutes of free time before he grabs a big piece of his favorite chocolate cake from Giant Eagle and then heads to bed. Between homework, playing for a 7-1, state-ranked football team, a girlfriend, a self-set bedtime of 10 to 10:30 and an early high school graduation looming, the Mentor tight end carries a full load. Fritts is wrapping up his senior year early, playing his final season this fall with football before skipping basketball to enroll early at North Carolina.

Tar Heels pulling football recruits from talent-rich northern Virginia

Virginia High school football players get noticed by college recruiters in all sorts of ways. Some wow on video, others make an impression at summer skills camps. But there’s always the old-fashioned way: word of mouth. That’s what happened with Jeremiah Clarke, a defensive lineman from T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va., who is one of North Carolina assistant coach Walt Bell’s prized recruits graduating next spring and arriving on campus in the summer of 2014.

Q&A with Elijah Hood

Elijah Hood, a four-star running back from Charlotte, North Carolina, originally committed to the Notre Dame before decommitting on Aug. 20. Hood, considered one of the top prospects in the state and the nation, eventually committed to UNC on Aug. 27. After a recent campus visit, The Daily Tar Heel sat caught up with Hood about joining the Tar Heels next season.

UNC QB Commitment Caleb Henderson Is An Army All-American

Four-star quarterback Caleb Henderson received his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey in front of his family, teammates and peers during a pep rally at Lake Braddock High School on Friday. The honor of being names to the U.S. Army All-American team was not something that was taken lightly by Henderson as he spoke on what being named to this team meant to him.

Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard

North Carolina tight end commit Brandon Fritts caught 9 passes for 128 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown reception. Quarterback/safety commit Ronnie Harrison threw for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown, and intercepted a pass. And UNC running back commit Elijah Hood ran for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns. See how the rest of the Tar Heel commits performed this weekend at Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard.

Elijah Hood runs for 261 yards, 4 touchdowns

Charlotte Catholic used their rushing machine to put a damper on South Mecklenburg's homecoming game Friday. Led by premier running back Elijah Hood, the Cougars ran through the Sabres for a 42-6 victory. Hood rushed for 261 yards on 21 carries and scored four touchdowns. Two of Hood's four touchdowns were long runs, including a 66-yarder and a 57-yarder. On both long runs, Hood broke numerous tackles on his way to the end zone.

UNC Pursuing Long Snapper

North Carolina is looking to add a long snapper to its roster prior to the 2014 season. High on the Tar Heel coaching staff’s wish list is Kyle Murphy. “I would be going in as a preferred walk-on and then once I earn my spot as a starting long snapper, they’d put me on scholarship,” Murphy said. “I’m fine with that. I like the concept. It makes me have to work for it.” Prior to the season, UNC put Mack Lloyd on scholarship after he won the starting long snapper job during preseason practice. However, the senior suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Tar Heels’ opener.

Video: Elijah Hood Mid-Season Highlights

2014 North Carolina running back commit Elijah Hood has posted his senior mid-season highlight video. Check out his bruising running style, breakaway speed and see what he has in store for the Tar Heel offense in coming seasons.

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