UNC Football Recruiting
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Marquez North scores 5 touchdowns in rout
There’s a good reason Mallard Creek’s Marquez North is considered the top high school prospect in North Carolina. Berry Academy found that out the hard way Thursday as North led the Mavericks (2-1) to a 75-6 thrashing of the Cardinals. North scored a season-best five touchdowns and made things easier for his teammates as Mallard Creek – ranked No. 4 in the Sweet 16 – rolled to its second straight blowout win.
DeMatha vs. Hillside the motherlode for football recruiters
While Hillside seniors Khris Francis and Korrin Wiggins have already committed verbally to North Carolina, junior wide receiver Trevion Thompson and junior runningback Donté Thomas-Williams picked up verbal scholarship offers from the Tar Heels recently. DeMatha has its own share of junior talent and two who are generating recruiting interest from Duke and UNC in particular are 6-foot-9, 300-pound tackle Brock Ruble and 6-2, 175-pound receiver Cam Phillips.
Ryan Switzer to sit out Friday
George Washington faces an unbeaten and explosive Paul Blazer team from Ashland, Ky., without their chief playmaker, Kennedy Award-winning running back Ryan Switzer. Switzer was not cleared to play this week because of a concussion he suffered in GW's opening win at South Charleston, but is expected to be ready for the Sept. 7 game at St. Albans.
North Carolina’s Top High School Football Underclassmen
Braxton Berrios, Raleigh Leesville Road, WR/DB, 5-10, 173, Jr.: Considered one of the top juniors in the Carolinas; has 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash and offers from ECU, UNC, Minn. Will Grier, Davidson Day, QB, 6-3, 195, Jr: Threw for 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns as a sophomore, making MaxPreps sophomore All-America team. Has thrown for 862 yards and 10 scores in two games this season, completing 76 percent of his passes.
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, August 30
Since our last update, Virginia and Virginia Tech have each added one recruit to their lists. There have been numerous star updates, as well. Virginia coach Mike London found his first five-star recruit at Virginia in running back Taquan Mizzell. Virginia Tech won the in-state recruiting battle over defensive lineman Wyatt Teller, who committed to the Hokies despite interest from Virginia.
Ryan Switzer's status for Friday remains clouded
The playing status of George Washington running back Ryan Switzer remains in doubt as he recovers from a shoulder injury and concussion suffered last week. GW has a showdown with unbeaten Paul Blazer of Ashland, Ohio (2-0) on Friday. His father, Michael Switzer, said his son has received medical clearance for his shoulder, but the concussion is another matter
Interview with UNC safety commit Donnie Miles
UNC running back commit Donnie Miles scored on offense for North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.) and shut down receivers on defense. Kipp Adams talks to Miles about the performance and the schools that are still recruiting him.
Ryan Switzer's head injury draws attention to concussions
Ryan Switzer, the winner of the 2011 Kennedy Award, a North Carolina commitment for the Tar Heels' 2013 recruiting class and a two-time Class AAA All-State selection, was named to the USA Today's Preseason All-America Team last week. Just days later, he suffered a much (and appropriately) publicized concussion and a bruised shoulder early in the Patriots' season-opening win at South Charleston after just two carries.
OL Dorian Miller mixes it up
Offensive guard Dorian Miller, the No. 13 player in New Jersey is flirting most with North Carolina, Tennessee and especially Rutgers with the season and official visits on the horizon. It is likely all three will get an official visit, even North Carolina, which just recently entered the fold but received an unofficial from Miller the weekend of Aug. 10. Miller, who has double-digit offers, said Rutgers "set the standard" for him. "Rutgers has always been there, always hitting me with handwritten notes, a Happy Halloween, and that stuff really matters," Miller said.
UNC Recruiting Week in Review, Part II: Football
News and notes from this week in UNC Football Recruiting:
It was an up-and-down week for UNC wide receiver commit Ryan Switzer. On the positive side, Switzer was named to the USA Today Pre-Season All-American Team
. He also scored on a 63-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the ball in his season's opening game. You can view the highlights here
. Switzer's touchdown and a nice open-field tackle on defense begin around the 35-second mark (wearing #7).
Unfortunately, Switzer suffered a concussion
a few plays later and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. His recovery is day-to-day.
Switzer was also the victim of false rumors that he had de-committed from UNC. This is not true, and Switzer has no idea how the rumor began
2013 defensive tackle commit Greg Webb is also dealing with injuries. Webb is still recovering from knee surgery
earlier this year and will likely miss his team's first four games.
Also on the injured list is 2014 wide receiver target Aggadoria Bowers, who will miss the entire season
with a knee injury.
Now for some of this weekend's top performers.
UNC commit and Raleigh (Wakefield) wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau had a big night Friday
, catching seven passes from South Carolina commit Connor Mitch for 157 yards and a touchdown. Here are some of Fieulleteau's highlights
through the first two games.
2014 quarterback Will Grier, one of the most coveted recruits in the state of North Carolina, also had a huge night on Friday, passing for 493 yards and six touchdowns
2014 running back/linebacker Elijah Hood rushed for 202 yards and three touchdowns
. Hood is being recruited as a linebacker by UNC.
To view a more comprehensive list of top performing UNC recruits from this weekend, visit Inside Carolina's recruit game tracker
In commitment news, UNC running back target Taquan Mizzell committed to the University of Virginia last Tuesday.
Finally, in rivalry news, this billboard in Raleigh
may or may not help with the NC State "Aggies" recruiting efforts (read the small print).
UNC Recruiting Week in Review, Part I: Basketball
Will Grier passes for 493 yards, six touchdowns
Though just a junior, Will Grier continues to rise in the Mecklenburg County record books and enhance his reputation as a strong Division I college prospect. Over the weekend, the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder completed 29 of 36 passes for 493 yards and six touchdowns as Davidson Day defeated North Raleigh Christian Academy 42-35. His six touchdown passes tied for third in Mecklenburg County history (he also had six as a sophomore), and the yardage ranks No. 4 in history.
RB Ryan Switzer suffers concussion in opening game
George Washington running back Ryan Switzer said he's "doing a lot better'' after sustaining a concussion and a shoulder injury in Friday's season-opening win at South Charleston. Switzer, last year's Kennedy Award winner as the state's top player, suffered the injuries about midway into the first quarter when he fell hard along the sideline chasing an incomplete pass. He was later taken to the hospital for X-rays. "I'm doing a little bit better today,'' Switzer said Saturday afternoon.
DT Greg Webb still recovering from knee surgery
Timber Creek defensive tackle Greg Webb said Friday he is likely to miss the first four games of the season. The 6-2, 300-pound Webb, who has committed to attend North Carolina on a football scholarship, is recovering from Feb. 9 surgery on his right knee. Webb ran some sprints during Friday's practice but did not participate in any football activities. He watched most of practice with a brace on his knee.
Donnie Miles' Big Play Paves the Way
Tar Heel commit Donnie Miles did his part in a big win for Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett against Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County on Saturday afternoon. A versatile two-way standout for the Bulldogs, Miles put his team ahead as time expired in the third quarter with a 77-yard touchdown run to give North Gwinett a 13-8 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Khris Francis powers Hornets past rival Smith
Khris Francis ran for four touchdowns and Hillside stopped visiting Fayetteville Smith 35-21 Friday night. The win lifted the Hornets to 1-1 on the season. Francis scored on a 15-yard run on the game’s opening drive, then on a 1-yard plunge over a block by linebacker-turned-fullback Dwight Campbell with 1.6 seconds left in the half to give Hillside a 13-7 lead at the break.