Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Recruiting.
Beast of the Hill Preview
North Carolina moved up its "Beast of the Hill" 7-on-7 team camp this summer. The change has paid dividends in the quality and diversity of the teams competing in the event. Schools representing five different states -- all in UNC's primary recruiting footprint -- will partake in the eighth edition of the camp. Each of the seven prior editions of the "Beast of the Hill" were held in mid-July. However, the 2015 version will take place on Thursday.
LB Dominique Ross Commits to UNC
Dominique Ross, a 6-foot-3, 203-pound linebacker, picked Carolina over his final list of Miami, UCLA, and Virginia Tech after a visit to Chapel Hill on Monday. Former Trinity Christian star and now Tar Heel freshman Andre Smith gave Ross a preview of what to expect. “He told me it’s a special place,” Ross said. “He told me I’d like it – and when I got there, I did.”
Tyrone Hopper: "It just felt like home"
Class of 2016 outside linebacker Tyrone Hopper (Roswell, GA) became UNC's sixth commitment of the 2016 class when he pledged to the Tar Heels shortly after Monday's camp. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound prospect spoke with CarolinaBlue on Monday evening. "I've been up here twice and it just felt like home to me," Hopper explain. "I got to see the campus today with all the coaches. I got to sit down with Coach Fedora and he was explaining to me how he wants me to be a Tar Heel."
LB Tyrone Hopper commits to UNC
Tyrone Hopper informed Inside Carolina that he verbally committed to North Carolina prior to ending his camp visit on Monday. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound linebacker from Roswell (Ga.) selected UNC over scholarship offers from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Missouri, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. A Shelby, N.C. native, Hopper moved to Georgia when he was eight years old.
2016 LB Jonathan Smith Names Top Six
Jonathan Smith’s is entering the homestretch of his recruitment and six schools have separated themselves. ”My top schools in no order are Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Duke, Michigan, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech,” said the 6-foot, 229-pound Smith. “Other schools still have a chance, but those are the schools I’m focused on right now. North Carolina and Georgia Tech are recruiting me the hardest."
N.C. boasts the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit in both football, basketball
A couple of new national recruiting lists came out this week, and two N.C. high school stars landed at the top. Rivals ranks Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence the nation’s top high school football player. ESPN has Harry Giles of High Point Wesleyan’s nationally ranked basketball team as the nation’s top recruit in basketball.
Tommy Hatton's Blog: The Opening
Future Tar Heel Tommy Hatton, an offensive lineman from Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional, is filing regular blog entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June. In entry No. 3, Hatton reflects on his MVP-winning experience at the nation's most prestigious high school combine: The Opening.
Virginia linebacker Jaquan Yulee commits to Alabama
Alabama picked up a big out-of-state commitment on Monday night when Chesapeake, Va., linebacker Jaquan Yulee announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide at his high school. The 6-foot, 252-pound Yulee is a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 126 overall player, No. 6 inside linebacker and No. 4 prospect in the state of Virginia.
2016 RB Jordon Brown: Versatile, explosive playmaker
Listed as the 247Sports Composite No. 9 all-purpose back in the 2016 class, Jordon Brown truly exemplifies the position as an all-purpose offensive talent. Either lined up in the backfield as a tradition running back or catching the ball in the flat, Brown has "big play" potential every time he touches the ball.
Video: QB Jawon Pass Talks Final Five
Columbus (Ga.) Carver quarterback Jawon Pass has set mid-July for when he'll announce his decision. The four-star quarterback said that Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, North Carolina and Virginia Tech were the schools he's still considering and he talked about all five schools, participating in the Elite 11 Semifinals and more.
Tar Heels Offer TE Thaddeus Moss, Son of Randy Moss
North Carolina has offered 2016 tight end Thaddeus Moss (Charlotte, NC/Victory Christian Center School), per the prospects personal twitter account. Moss, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound prospect is the son of former NFL great Randy Moss. The Charlotte native, Moss claims 25 offers including Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, West Virginia, UCLA, Duke, Nebraska, and N.C. State, among others.
Already a Morehead scholar, Hillside LB Keith Beasley joining Tar Heels
It's like Hillside senior Keith Beasley is a student-athlete's student-athlete. A coach is preaching to the choir if he’s sermonizing Beasley about hitting the books. That guy's so smart that he's going to play football for the North Carolina Tar Heels and have his education paid for with a scholarship. Uh — ahem! — it's a Morehead-Cain scholarship. Beasley is one of 59 students from all over the world who will enter UNC this fall with a Morehead-Cain Scholarship.
Rivals.com names 2016 DT Dexter Lawrence top player in nation
Rivals.com released its new player rankings for the Class of 2016 on Monday and Wake Forest High School defensive end Dexter Lawrence is at the top. The very top. Lawrence, a 6-foot-5 and 290-pound defensive end, is now the No. 1 player in the country from the Class of 2016.
Les Miles’ son, Manny, commits to walk-on for UNC Football
Manny Miles, the former U-High quarterback and the son of LSU coach Les Miles, has committed to play football as a preferred walk-on at North Carolina. It’s unclear if Miles will play baseball, too. Manny, a two-sport athlete at U-High, had discussed the possibility of walking on at LSU for football and baseball, but he’s decided to leave Baton Rouge for a spot with the Tar Heels.
5 Schools to Watch as 5-Star Dexter Lawrence II Continues His Recruiting Process
If proximity is an important piece of the puzzle, look for North Carolina to be a contender. Lawrence said he hears a lot from defensive coordinator Gene Chizik. Defensive line coach Tray Scott also keeps in contact with Lawrence. Since November, Lawrence has taken a couple of trips to Chapel Hill, the latest occurring in March. Chapel Hill is roughly 40 miles from Wake Forest, which means his family would have a quick drive westward to see him play in home games.