Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Recruiting.
Tar Heels target recruits for defensive secondary
Issues in the secondary have plagued UNC's defense for two consecutive years, so it's no surprise the Tar Heels have been on the trail of a large number of defensive backs in the 2016 recruiting cycle. I've counted nearly 20 high school safety or cornerback prospects who have stated publicly they've been offered scholarships by UNC. The sheer number of offers is an indication the secondary is a focus of new coordinator Gene Chizik. One of those offers was accepted last weekend by Greg Ross from Potomoc High in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
UNC football commitment Greg Ross: "(UNC) is my dream school"
Class of 2016 defensive back Gregory Ross (Oxon Hill, MD/Potomac) committed to UNC on Saturday afternoon during a visit to North Carolina with his parents and coaches. The 6-foot, 165-pound, 247Sports Composite three-star is the fifth commit for UNC in the 2016 cycle.
5-star defensive tackle recruit Dexter Lawrence likes 17 schools
Out of Wake Forest (NC), defensive tackle recruit Dexter Lawrence is an athletic freak. At the Charlotte (NC) Nike Opening Regional, Lawrence measured in at 6'4.5, 335 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.03 seconds. That big of a man moving at that speed looks out of place in a high school camp setting. After his performance, Lawrence was invited to the Nike Opening Finals, to be held later this summer in Beaverton, Oregon.
2016 DB Greg Ross Commits To UNC
It wasn't long after arriving on UNC's campus with his family and coaches for Saturday's visit that Greg Ross committed to North Carolina. Sources confirm the 5-11, 170 defensive back from Oxen Hill (Md.) Potomac gave Larry Fedora the verbal commitment in the early afternoon. Ross had trimmed his list to UNC, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and West Virginia.
2016 safety Myles Dorn to announce decision before season
Myles Dorn is one of the hottest prospects in North Carolina. The safety’s scholarship list is well into double digits. ”Recruiting is going really well,” said Myles Dorn. “I have 17 to offers now, but I’m still wide open. I’ll probably narrow my list down to five this summer and make my decision before the season starts. Out of all the schools, I’d say Wake Forest, North Carolina and NC State are recruiting me the hardest and that means a lot.”
2016 TE Garrett Walston delays decision
Earlier this week, tight end Garrett Walston (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) made plans to announce his college decision this Friday. On the eve of his commitment date, Walston has decided to push back his decision, per his coaching staff. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect had narrowed his choices down to Georgia, North Carolina and N.C. State. Walston had mentioned plans to visit UGA soon.
Tommy Hatton's Blog: My Recruitment
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. 2, Hatton revisits his recruitment and details how he ultimately chose UNC. "When I went down to North Carolina, I just fell in love, to be honest. My dad said, 'I could see you coming here.' And really, I had no clue if they were going to offer me at that point."
Busy year ahead for Havelock's Keion Joyner
When a player becomes a five-star prospect, the average high school football life becomes enormously magnified. Havelock’s Keion Joyner, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior linebacker, knows that after a pretty relaxing summer, he has a lot of work to do on and off the field. “I haven’t told anyone no yet or to stop recruiting me or anything,” he said. “I’m still keeping it pretty open and listening to everyone, but LSU and Florida State are probably recruiting me the hardest right now."
Emphasis on football recruiting in south Florida should pay off for UNC
Last week, it was reported that North Carolina offered seven prospects in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a single day. While the Tar Heels could get several or none of those specific prospects offered, the higher point is that North Carolina is now emphasizing the area. Running backs coach Larry Porter, one of the best recruiters in college football, is working the area for the Tar Heels and that can only pay dividends for the following reasons.
2016 TE Garrett Walston to announce decision Friday
Class of 2016 tight end Garrett Walston is announcing his college decision this Friday after practice, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect confirmed to CarolinaBlue on Tuesday. Walston said the decision will come down to Georgia, North Carolina, and N.C. State. A 247Sports Composite three-star prospect, Walston holds 12 offers including Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, California, and his three finalists.
Feature on 2016 DE Nick Coe (video)
Kenny Beck introduces a young man that can be considered the Triad's version of 'The Blind Side'; meet Asheboro High School junior, Nick Coe.
2016 OL Cesar Ruiz to visit UNC
Center Cesar Ruiz (Camden, N.J.) said he will visit North Carolina Sunday afternoon. The Crystal Ball reads 100-percent for North Carolina, his current leader. Ruiz has over 10 verbal offers. The four-star recruit is ranked as the nation's No. 1 center and the No. 8 prospect in New Jersey in the 2017 class by 247Sports.com Composite Rankings.
The state of North Carolina football recruiting has SEC talent without any SEC schools
Another thing I notice when checking out prospects from North Carolina is that they are often less refined than some of their counterparts in other Southern states. It doesn't seem to be that their schools have lesser quality coaches or facilities, but rather the amount of time put into football during the off-season. The reason? AAU basketball.
Big year for in-state defensive linemen in North Carolina
Although the sheer numbers may not be as high as normal, the quality remains high. At least six prospects are already entertaining scholarship offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs. The line forms behind Wake Forest defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, who is truly an elite national prospect. The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder is a physical powerhouse who also has the ability to explode out of his stance to produce a speed rush.
2016 LB Jaquan Yulee to Announce on June 4
Chesapeake (VA) Indian River linebacker Jaquan Yulee will make his college decision on June 4th at Indian River High School, according to his Twitter account. The nations 152nd best overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite has North Carolina over Alabama in the Crystal Ball. According to sources close to his recruitment, Virginia Tech, Michigan State and Florida State are also in play.