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2014 DE Da'Shawn Hand drops UNC from new top 5

North Carolina was among his finalists when he announced his top five earlier, but was dropped in favor for Florida after the Tar Heels lost defensive line coach Deke Adams to South Carolina. The reason Florida is now in the top 5? They hired former Gamecocks defensive line coach Brad Lawing. (Rant Sports)

NCAA rule changes could spark state of recruiting chaos

Last weekend at their convention in Grapevine, Texas, the NCAA Board of Directors approved a long-awaited package of "common sense" rulebook revisions. Most notably, they eliminated longstanding restrictions on the way coaches can contact recruits -- no more improper phone calls, illegal text messages, dead periods or quiet periods. (Sports Illustrated)

Fieulleteau, Logan lead UNC's in-state class

High school football players from the state of North Carolina make up seven of the 17 signees for the University of North Carolina. In-state recruits for the Tar Heels include Jordan Fieulleteau (Wakefield), Khris Francis (Hillside), Nazair Jones (Roanoke Rapids), Desmond Lawrence (Charlotte Christian), T.J. Logan (Northern Guilford), R.J. Prince (Albemarle), and Brian Walker (Mallard Creek). (High School OT)

UNC awaits official football commitments Wednesday

One of North Carolina coach Larry Fedora’s biggest priorities in recruiting was convincing the top talent in the Tar Heel State to attend UNC. The results are mixed heading into today’s national signing day, which marks the first time that high school seniors can sign a National Letter of Intent to play college football. Of the seven players from North Carolina on Rivals’ Top 250 national list, just one is expected to sign with the Tar Heels — running back T.J. Logan of Greensboro. (Durham Herald-Sun)

One final ACC football recruiting update

Signing Day is now hours away, so let's take one final look at where things stand among ACC teams before the madness begins. The latest ESPN Top 40 class rankings: No. 10 Florida State, No. 15 Clemson, No. 16 Virginia Tech, No. 18 North Carolina, No. 23 Miami, No. 33 Virginia. Miami is the only team that has made a recent move, up one spot. Everybody else is holding steady. But all this could all change Wednesday when undecided players begin announcing. (ESPN.com)

DT Demetri McGill to sign with East Carolina

Ocean Lakes coach Chris Scott confirmed that defensive lineman Demetri McGill will sign with East Carolina and wide receiver Andre Dessenberg will sign with Towson University. (Virginian-Pilot)

Video: Mitch Trubisky Wins Local High School Athlete of the Year Award

Mitch Trubisky has already graduated from Mentor High School and he's still winning awards. Trubisky was named the High School Athlete of the Year at the 2012 Greater Cleveland Sports Awards in Cleveland Thursday night. (Patch.com)

ACC Football Recruiting Links: N.C. State, North Carolina and Pittsburgh

After first committing to South Florida, defensive end Mikey Bart decided that he would be better off with the Tar Heels. After visiting North Carolina in July, offensive lineman Lucas Crowley declined offers from four SEC schools and committed to the Tar Heels. Wide receiver Jordan Fieulleteau and running back T.J. Logan were recently named to the Parade All-American football team. (ACC Sports Journal)

DT Jarran Reed down to Alabama, Florida

But it turns out that the Rebels also lost a four-star prospect. Rivals.com’s Andrew Bone reports that East Mississippi defensive tackle Jarran Reed is no longer committed to Ole Miss, and will choose between Alabama and Florida on National Signing Day. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

DE Carl Lawson reaffirms commitment to Auburn

Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson is sticking with Auburn after taking his official visit to the Tigers this weekend. "This will successfully end my recruitment I am an Auburn Tiger. No questions will be answered no calls will be accepted," he tweeted. (AL.com)

DT Demetri McGill looking at 4 schools

McGill told the Baltimore Sun earlier this month that Maryland cited a knee injury during his sophomore year in pulling his scholarship. NCAA guidelines prohibit college coaches from talking specifically about a recruit until he has signed. The devastating news forced McGill to find a new school quickly. The other schools in the mix are North Carolina, East Carolina and Temple. (Virginian-Pilot)

WR Johnathan Alston commits to NC State

NC State picked up an in-state recruit on Friday, less than a week before National Signing Day. Bunn wide receiver Johnathan Alston verbally committed to the Wolfpack on Friday morning, according to Bunn head coach Chris Miller. At 6-foot-3 and 194-pounds, Alston is a 3-star player, according to Scout.com. At the end of his recruiting process, Alston had narrowed his choices to NC State and UNC. (High School OT)

ACC Football Commitment Lists: Coastal Division, Jan. 31

National Signing Day is less than a week away, but teams in the Coastal Division are still getting some last-minute verbal commitments. UNC’s 18 verbal commitments remained solid during the last two weeks. Former Georgia Tech offensive line commit Jeremi Hall is headed to South Florida after coach Paul Johnson rescinded Hall’s offer for visiting USF without notifying GT coaches. All 20 of Virginia’s recruits remain solidly committed to becoming Cavaliers. (ACC Sports Journal)

ACC football recruiting scorecard

North Carolina: Current commitments: 18; The Tar Heels have put together one of the best classes in the country, ranking No. 18 in the Top 25 class rankings. There is still hope for one more -- ESPN 150 receiver Marquez North, who is said to be choosing between North Carolina and Tennessee. ESPN150 commitments: 1; ESPN300 commitments: 5 (THT Update: Marquez North committed to Tennessee Wednesday) (ESPN.com)

Marquez North commits to Tennessee

One of the top remaining targets for North Carolina's 2013 football recruiting class will not be signing with the Tar Heels next week. Marquez North, a 4-star wide receiver from Charlotte, NC (Mallard Creek HS), announced via Twitter Wednesday night that he will be signing with the Tennessee Volunteers next Wednesday:

@Numero8_thebest: "I will be going to Tennesse in the fall"

North was scheduled to host UNC coach Larry Fedora on an in-home visit Thursday, but apparently North had already made up his mind that he was going to Tennessee and didn't feel the need to hear Fedora's final pitch. (Marquez North commits to Tennessee)

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