Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Recruiting.
Keeping talent home key for UNC football
In the current cycle and looking forward, however, things are looking up. Earlier this week, Top247 running back Elijah Hood, who was committed to Notre Dame, pledged to the Tar Heels. Additionally, North Carolina has a commitment from Top247 offensive tackle Bentley Spain. UNC beat the Gamecocks head-to-head for the U.S. Army All-American.
Elijah Hood commits to UNC
A week after de-committing from Notre Dame, Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic running back Elijah Hood committed to UNC on Tuesday evening, InsideCarolina.com has confirmed. Hood made many visits over the past couple years to Chapel Hill before narrowing his list to Notre Dame and North Carolina this past spring, ultimately deciding on the Irish in April. Four months later, he's now a Tar Heel.
Elijah Hood opens season with 325 yards, 5 TDs
Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, N.C.) senior running back Elijah Hood showed why he's a preseason MaxPreps All-American as he led his team to a 35-28 win over Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) with 325 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Hood ran for 3,309 yards and 47 touchdowns last year in leading the Cougars to a 13-2 record. He had committed to Notre Dame in late April, but recently decommitted citing a desire to play closer to his North Carolina home.
Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard
Charlotte Catholic running back Elijah Hood (323 rushing yards, 5 TDs) and Durham Hillside wide receiver Trevion Thompson (163 rec. yards, 2 TDs) had big opening weekends for their respective teams. See how the other UNC football recruits fared in Inside Carolina's Weekend Recruit Scoreboard.
Nyheim Hines impressed by UNC
What is the latest you have heard from North Carolina? 2015 running back Nyheim Hines: "They (UNC) sent me a picture of Giovani Bernard saying "You're Next," possibly saying that I could be like him if I work hard. But I really haven't been keeping in touch with anyone lately because I've just been focused on track till about three weeks ago. I've just been focusing on football and not letting all this recruitment get to my head."
Elijah Hood named to MaxPreps preseason All-American team
Charlotte Catholic senior running back Elijah Hood is the only Carolinas player on the 2013 MaxPreps preseason All-American team. On Sunday, Hood was named the Observer and Raleigh News & Observer's top recruit in North and South Carolina. On Tuesday, he caused national recruiting shockwaves by decommitting from Notre Dame and reopening his recruiting. Many recruiting experts are now predicting he'll commit to North Carolina, which had been his second choice.
ACC Football Commitment List: Coastal Division
Teams broke for fall camp a few weeks ago, and what had been a blistering summer on the recruiting trail came to a rather abrupt end. Things may have slowed down in the recent past, but there are still a few things to bring you up-to-date on since we last gave you a Coastal Division commitment update. Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels stayed in-state to add their most recent commitment, three-star wide receiver Josh Cabrera, to their 2014 class.
Elijah Hood addresses Notre Dame decommitment
Charlotte Catholic All-American running back Elijah Hood said the real reason he decommitted from Notre Dame Tuesday was simple: he wanted to play college football closer to home. “It’s something I prayed about,” Hood said Tuesday afternoon after practice. “It was a difficult decision but it came down to this: I really valued my family and what they stand for and just being around them. It was about being closer to home and I want to have them with me in my development.”
RB Elijah Hood decommits from Notre Dame
Consensus four-star running back recruit Elijah Hood has decommitted from Notre Dame, according to 247sports. Hood committed to the Irish back in April, but will more than likely not end up playing in South Bend. Distance from home appears to be a significant factor in Hood's decision, and the Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic star could be looking more at North Carolina as an option.
DT Ricky Walker re-opens his recruitment
A month ago, Bethel lineman Ricky Walker trimmed his list of scholarship offers to five finalists: North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. But now, you can scratch that. Walker tweeted Sunday morning he was re-opening up the recruiting process and that “all schools have a free shot.” A few second later, he tweeted that he would have a “top five” -- not necessarily a final five -- in the next few weeks.
2015 RB Nyheim Hines has family connection to UNC
Class of 2015 athlete Nyheim Hines (Garner, N.C.) is one of the fastest players in the coming recruiting cycle and has earned five early scholarship offers. "I don’t have a favorite, but I really like Duke and North Carolina so far." According to Hines, he has a family connection to the Tar Heels. “My aunt, Ariel Harris, she played soccer at UNC. She just wants me to make the right choice and go where I can be most successful. I know if I do actually go there though, she’ll be thrilled.”
Josh Cabrera named WITN Pepsi Player Of The Week
Northside-Jacksonville senior Josh Cabrera is WITN's newest Pepsi Player Of The Week. The recent UNC commitment is set for a stellar season for the Monarchs at wide receiver and defensive back. Part of what makes Cabrera's success impressive is his quick adaptation to the Northside system. He's only been with the team for two years after transferring from Georgia.
Texas WR Cayleb Jones transferring to Arizona
Former Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones is transferring to Arizona. Jones chose Arizona over finalists East Carolina and Oklahoma and received serious interest from several schools, including North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and Colorado. His father, former NFL linebacker Robert Jones, confirmed the decision to ESPN.com and said the Wildcats provided the best opportunity to start over his career.
Several UNC football commits among Athlete Vault's 2014 Top-100 in NC
UNC has 5 commitments in the 2014 football recruiting class ranked in the Athlete Vault's listing of the top-100 football recruits in the state of North Carolina
. #1 prospect Lorenzo Featherston and #8 recruit Trevion Thompson are currently uncommitted and are considering the Tar Heels. Below are the 5 UNC commits and their rankings:
4 Bentley Spain OL
Providence HS/Charlotte, NC
19 Robert Dinkins DE
Olympic HS/Charlotte, NC
20 Cayson Collins LB
Berry Academy/Charlotte, NC
25 Avery Edwards TE
Ravenscroft School/Raleigh, NC
43 Austin Proehl WR
Providence HS/Charlotte, NC
WR Josh Cabrera commits to UNC
Northside senior wide receiver Josh Cabrera figured he’d decide where he wanted to play his college football sometime during his final high school season — or right after it. But as June passed into July and then practice started for the Monarchs, Cabrera was sure he knew in his heart where he wanted to go. So, he thought, why wait?“Yeah, that’s basically it,” Cabrera said before practice Monday after committing Sunday night to North Carolina