UNC Football Recruiting
Complete coverage of North Carolina Football Recruiting.
Johnathan Alston comfortable on both sides of the ball
Bunn, N.C. has a population less than 500, but college coaches know how to get to Bunn High School. The Wildcats have sent a handful of players to major colleges the past few years, and Johnathan Alston will be the next. The only question: which side of the ball will he play? "I like wide receiver right now," Alston answered. "But I'm getting a lot of offers on the defensive side of the ball also, outside linebacker." Alston still has to decide on a college. His top three are UNC, N.C. State and Notre Dame.
Video: RB Khris Francis unstoppable on the field, in the classroom
Durham Hillside's Khris Francis is a humble, hard-working leader, and he's also a young man on the move.
ACC Recruiting Links, August 10
UNC landed defensive end Marquis Haynes, who could play the ‘bandit’ position in Larry Fedora’s new defense. UNC basketball coach Roy Williams is worried that the class of 2016 recruits don’t know the NCAA’s new eligibility standards beginning that year. Offensive guard Tyrone Crowder lists the Tigers as one of his top four choices. The NCAA is reviewing the eligibility of N.C. State hoops freshman Rodney Purvis, and as a result, he couldn’t travel to Spain with the team.
Tyquan Lewis the next big prospect at Tarboro
At 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis is the next highly touted prospect to come out of Tarboro. Ohio State is one of the schools that is recruiting Lewis the heaviest, and the Buckeyes are surely pleased that they are in his top five. Joining Ohio State on Lewis' list is LSU, North Carolina, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Lewis hopes to make a verbal commitment by September.
DE Marquis Haynes Flips Commitment from Louisville to UNC
New North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora has struck again. Three star defensive end Marquis Haynes has flipped his commitment from Louisville to UNC. Haynes becomes the third defensive end to commit to the Tar Heels in the 2013 class joining four star prospects Nazair Jones and Dejuan Drennnon. Haynes out of Jacksonville, FL is a nice athlete with the potential for huge upside.
ACC Recruiting Links, August 3
Here’s a closer look at recent UNC commit Greg Webb, the first prospect to de-commit from Penn State’s 2013 class in the wake of the Freeh Report. In hoops news, where was UNC recruiting in late July? Does Duke have an advantage in the recruitment of 2013 hoops star Julius Randle?
ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, August 2
North Carolina has been especially busy since our last update, adding four commits. Center Lucas Crowley had planned on exploring his options, but one visit to Chapel Hill changed his mind. A pair of teammates from Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek — defensive end Dajaun Drennon and defensive tackle Greg Webb — both committed to UNC. Finally, coach Larry Fedora snagged another defensive end recruit with the commitment of Nazair Jones.
UNC recruit Desmond Lawrence ready for senior season
Desmond Lawrence, a 6-foot, 176-pound senior, said he likes the enthusiasm of new UNC coach Larry Fedora and his coaching staff. “He’s really passionate about what he’s doing and what he’s trying to build,” Lawrence said of Fedora. With his college choice behind him, Lawrence said he’s ready to focus on his final season at Charlotte Christian. The Knights failed to make the playoffs last year after losing end-of-the-season games to Ravenscroft and Charlotte Providence Day.
Millbrook WR Corey Cooper commits to Louisville
Millbrook High School wide receiver Corey Cooper made his verbal commitment on Tuesday. The rising senior committed to Louisville, about a week after making a visit to the school. At 6-feet tall and 190 pounds, Cooper is rated a 3-star prospect and is ranked the 67th best wide receiver in his class, according to ESPN. He is a member of the Class of 2013. The senior was deciding between Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Recruiters flock to Davidson Day QB Will Grier
Last year, Davidson Day quarterback Will Grier threw for 3,785 yards and 49 touchdowns. Last January, MaxPreps, a national high school recruiting website, named him to its sophomore All-America team, giving Grier the distinction of being one of the nation’s best players in his class. Since then, it’s all been kind of crazy. Grier has offers from the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers as well as North Carolina, Wake Forest and East Carolina, where his father and high school coach, Chad Grier, once played quarterback.
Eight UNC football commits among top-30 in NC
Just in time for the 2012 football season, AthleteVault.com and Carolina Preps present the Top-100 senior football players in North Carolina.:
5. T.J. Logan, Northern Guilford, RB/DB, UNC
8. Nazair Jones, Roanoke Rapids, DL/OL, UNC
9. Desmond Lawrence, Charlotte Christian, DB, UNC
11. Brian Walker, Mallard Creek, CB, UNC
15. Khris Francis, Hillside, RB, UNC
25. R.J. Prince, Albemarle, OL, UNC
27. Korrin Wiggins, Hillside, DB, UNC
28. Jordan Fieulleteau, Wakefield, WR, UNC
Wakefield duo boasts D-1 talent
While most high school teams would love to have one division-one prospect, Wakefield has two on the same side of the ball. Quarterback Connor Mitch threw 48 touchdown passes last season, half of those with Jordan Fieulleteau on the receiving end. Both have already made commitments for next season. Mitch heads for South Carolina. And Fieulleteau’s heading for North Carolina.
More On UNC DT Commitment Greg Webb
North Carolina added to its nationally recognized 2013 recruiting class with the recent commitment of defensive tackle Greg Webb. Webb became the first prospect to de-commit from Penn State following the announcement of severe sanctions against the Nittany Lions. It’s unclear what role the sanctions played in Webb’s decision to end his commitment. Webb’s commitment was “soft” and he was already “looking around” prior to the sanctions. The fact that Webb made his decision so quickly on the heels of the announcement of the penalties would seem to bolster that line of thinking.
OL Lucas Crowley commits to UNC
Shortly following his visit to North Carolina on Saturday, Lucas Crowley verbally committed to the Tar Heels. "Yes sir I'm a Tar Heel," Crowley said. Crowley, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound center from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Nease, selected UNC offer scholarship offers from Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
ACC Recruiting Links, July 27
North Carolina had a productive weekend on the recruiting front, grabbing three commitments. The Tar Heels also beat the other ACC schools to the punch by snagging a former Penn Sate recruit, defensive tackle Greg Webb. Meanwhile in hoops, Florida overtook UNC as No. 1 in the latest ESPN recruiting rankings for the class of 2013. The Tar Heels will look to incoming freshman Joel James to provide bulk for a depleted frontcourt.