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2015 center Tommy Hatton commits to UNC

Class of 2015 center Tommy Hatton committed to UNC Friday evening. The 247Sports four-star prospect fills the Tar Heels' need for a center in the 2015 recruiting class. Hatton, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound rising senior from Montvale (NJ) committed to North Carolina because he "feels its where I need to be." He appreciated the fact that he was the only center UNC was taking in the 2015 class. Per the 247Sports rankings Hatton is the No. 3 center in the 2015 class and the No. 8 overall player in the state of New Jersey. (Carolina Blue)

5-star tight end Isaac Nauta visits UNC

247Sports Composite five-star tight end Isaac Nauta visited UNC on Thursday. The class of 2016 prospect from Buford (GA) has 24 offers including one from the Tar Heels. At 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds, Nauta has elite collegiate size for the tight end position. "UNC was a great time," Nauta told CarolinaBlue. "I was able to tour the facilities and meet some academic advisors. I saw some of the guys that play for UNC that I used to play with in school, so I had a good time." (Carolina Blue)

2016 4-star RB Robert Washington to visit UNC

Robert Washington, a 247Sports Composite class of 2016 four-star running back, tells CarolinaBlue that he will be in Chapel Hill for a camp on Tuesday, June 17th. Washington is out of Southlake Christian Academy near Charlotte. The 5-foot-10, 205-pound prospect holds 28 offers including Tennessee, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford, Louisville, and North Carolina, among others. He plans to release his top 15 list in August. (Carolina Blue)

2016 CB Marquill Osborne: "I'm a lockdown corner"

North Carolina already secured one cornerback commitment from Williams Amos Hough High School near Charlotte and is now trying to lockdown Marquill Osborne from the 2016 class. The 5-foot-11, 164-pound Osborne, a self-described "lockdown corner" gained a UNC offer after camping there on Saturday. "I went out there and worked real hard and ran real fast," Osborne told CarolinaBlue. "The whole entire time they were showing me a whole lot of love." (Carolina Blue)

2015 OLB Gary McCrae offered by UNC

Class of 2015 outside linebacker Gary McCrae talked to UNC coaches this past weekend and gained an offer from the Tar Heels. The Cuthbert (GA) native has 11 offers including Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, and Kentucky. McCrae talked to CarolinaBlue about the offer from UNC. "I guess they saw my film and offered me off of that. I believe they saw my highlight tape. They called my coach and he called me and told me to give them a call. They want me to come to a camp in two weeks." (Carolina Blue)

2015 DE Houshun Gaines to visit UNC Wednesday

Class of 2015 three-star DE Houshun Gaines, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound strong side defensive end from Rocky Mount (NC), tells 247Sports that he will visit NC State and then UNC today (Wednesday). The visit to UNC is expected to be an overnight visit. Coach Larry Porter is Gaines's primary recruiter. Gaines currently holds offers from Boston College, Duke, Florida, Miami, N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. UNC has not offered Gaines. (Carolina Blue)

Three stand out for 2015 OL Emanuel McGirt

247Sports four-star offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt told CarolinaBlue late Sunday which schools were standing out for him at this point in his recruitment. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Durham (N.C.) native listed UGA, UNC, and N.C. State. On May 23rd McGirt listed a top eight that included Duke, Florida, LSU, N.C. State, South Carolina, UNC, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech. McGirt plans on making his ultimate decision around June 27th. (Carolina Blue)

Video: Sunday UNC HS Football Camp Highlights

Tar Heel Illustrated provides some brief video highlights from this weekend's high school football camp on the campus of UNC, featuring several Tar Heel recruiting targets and commits. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

UNC offers 2016 cornerback Marquill Osborne

Cornelius (N.C.) William Amos Hough 2016 cornerback Marquill Osborne says North Carolina has offered. This is the second offer for the 5-foot-11, 165-pound rising junior, with Duke offering Osborne when he camped there June 1. (Carolina Blue)

Austin Proehl has big football dreams at UNC

Austin Proehl is no stranger to a challenge. The former Providence High football star and incoming North Carolina wide receiver understood early in his high school career that earning a roster spot on a college football team wouldn’t be easy. That message came from his father Ricky, a Carolina Panthers receivers coach who excelled as a player in college and the NFL. “I have the best coach in the game as a father,” Proehl said. (Charlotte Observer)

2015 TE Chris Clark names top four

Avon (Ct.) Old Farms TE Chris Clark named a top four today of Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, and North Carolina, in no order. Clark, who was originally committed to North Carolina, has trips planned to Ohio State, Michigan State, and Michigan on June 17, 18, and 19, respectively. (Bucknuts)

2015 WR A.J. Alexander on UNC: "Its exciting. Its a beautiful place."

A.J. Alexander, a class of 2015 wide receiver from Lake Braddock High School in Burke (VA), got the call this week from North Carolina and an offer was extended to him. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound prospect was excited to receive the offer and includes UNC in a group of his favorite schools. "Its exciting," Alexander told CarolinaBlue Thursday. "My quarterback is going there (2014 QB Caleb Henderson). I've been down there for a camp. Its a beautiful place." (Carolina Blue)

Avery Edwards' UNC future in jeopardy

North Carolina was looking forward to the arrival of Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft tight end Avery Edwards later this summer, but that may not happen now as Edwards was arrested on Thursday in Wake County and charged with felony larceny. According to a report Thursday evening in the Raleigh News and Observer, Edwards has been charged with the theft of five watches and one pair of diamond stud earrings, valued at approximately $53,000. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Austin Proehl's Journal: A Player's Coach

Future Tar Heel Austin Proehl, a wide receiver from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence, is filing regular journal entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June: "The first time you meet Coach Brewer he acts like he’s known you your whole life. He’s one of those guys that can talk for days. He’s very energetic and he’s a players’ coach. Before I even met Coach Brewer, I heard stories about him in college from my dad." (Inside Carolina)

2015 OLB Gary McCrae Lands UNC Offer

Cuthbert (Ga.) Randolph-Clay outside linebacker Gary McCrae has picked up an offer from North Carolina co-defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound rising senior is drawing increased interest from colleges after missing almost his entire junior season due to injury. Cincinnati, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Temple, Troy, UAB and Western Kentucky have also offered. McCrae is a no-brainer from a physical standpoint. (Carolina Blue)

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