Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football Recruiting.
Why it matters that UNC is off to hot start in 2017 football recruiting
North Carolina already has seven commits for the Class of 2017, including five from the ESPN Junior 300. Four are from North Carolina. As Gerry Hamilton pointed out after defensive tackle Jordon Riley committed last week, this is extremely significant for the Tar Heels. "Winning helps in every aspect of the program, but definitely in recruiting," coach Larry Fedora said.
Chazz Surratt's athletic accolades well deserved
North Carolina quarterback signee Chazz Surratt was named the Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year, Associated Press state Player of the Year, and Parade Magazine put him on the short list of ten finalists for the magazine’s annual Player of the Year Award. Surratt accepted the awards with graciousness and humility, a reflection of his character on and off the field.
UNC dominating in-state football recruiting
Larry Fedora is taking full advantage of UNC Football’s best season in almost 20 years. Scan the 2017 state of North Carolina Top Football Recruit Rankings and the only color you’ll see is Carolina Blue. According to the 247Sports Composite State of North Carolina Rankings, five of the top 13 prospects in 2017 are verbally committed to UNC.
Ranked No. 5 nationally, UNC's 2017 football class is off to a great start
With the addition of three star recruit Jordon Riley on Thursday, UNC now has six commits for the 2017 class. Riley is rated as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end in the country. The Durham product becomes the fifth in-state commit for UNC this cycle. After Riley's commitment UNC's 2017 class is ranked No. 5 in the country, per the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
Commit Analysis: 2017 DL Jordon Riley
Early Thursday evening, class of 2017 defensive lineman Jordon Riley committed to North Carolina. He becomes the sixth pledge for the Tar Heels this cycle and the fifth in-state commit. "Riley is a big, strong defensive lineman with great length at 6-foot-6. He plays with aggression in the trenches and fights through contact at the line of scrimmage to penetrate the backfield."
DT Jordon Riley Joins UNC's 2017 Class
North Carolina continued its early 2017 recruiting success on Thursday with a verbal commitment from Jordon Riley. Riley, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive tackle from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Auburn, East Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.
UNC reaping rewards in football recruiting for 2015 success on the field
A question I was asked multiple times leading into last Wednesday's national signing day was how big an impact North Carolina's success in 2015 would make on this year's recruiting class. "Minimal'' was my answer because the majority of the Class of 2016 that signed last week had already made up their minds to become Tar Heels well in advance of the 11-game win streak and Coastal Division title that highlighted the season.
Fast starts in 2017 football recruiting: No. 9 UNC
9. North Carolina Larry Fedora guided the Tar Heels to one of their best seasons in school history with an 11-3 campaign. His staff is taking full advantage on the trail as the have high quality early commits. All five are four-star recruits.
Durham defensive lineman Jordon Riley announcing Thursday
Class of 2017 defensive lineman Jordon Riley (Durham, NC/Riverside) will be announcing his college decision on Thursday. The 6-6, 292-pound defensive lineman let it be known on twitter. Riley was a regular at UNC home games in 2015. The Durham recruit committed to Tennessee this summer, but eventually opened his recruitment back up.
UNC, NC State, Duke fight border battle in football recruiting
This really is no secret. For Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State to elevate their respective football programs to a nationally elite level, they need to begin closing down the state’s borders in recruiting. Wednesday’s national signing day was another in both futility and frustration for area programs in their attempts to keep the state’s top in-state talent home. Once again, Clemson and SEC programs raided the state.
Four-Star 2017 WR Ryan Jones Commits to UNC
UNC continued its hot start to the 2017 recruiting class on Friday. Ryan Jones, a four-star athlete from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, verbally committed to UNC Friday morning. Jones, a 6-foot-1, 199-pounder who played wide receiver and defensive back for the NCHSAA 4AA champions, selected UNC over Clemson, Florida, Georgia, NC State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
Chazz Surratt Named Parade All-America Player of the Year
By the time Chazz Surratt finished his prep career, the quarterback would shatter state records and pick up multiple state player of the year honors. He finished his senior season with 3,546 passing yards and 51 TDs. He also rushed for 1,345 yards and 15 TDs—and East Lincoln was 56-6 in his four years. Today he joins high school greats including Emmitt Smith and Herschel Walker as a Parade All-America Player of the Year.
Video: Larry Fedora goes full Ric Flair when 2017 four-star Jake Lawler commits to UNC
North Carolina Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora is on the recruiting trail and recently spent some time with Jake Lawler, a Class of 2017 four-star defensive end who currently attends South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte. In a video posted to Lawler’s Twitter, Lawler himself verbally commits to UNC in saying “I want to be a Tar Heel,” and Fedora’s reaction says it all.
Video: Commit Greg Ross Will be UNC's Mr. Versatility in the Secondary
In this exclusive Scout Spotlight video, you'll see what makes UNC commitment Greg Ross a valuable addition to the future of the Tar Heel secondary. The key word? Versatility. The video provides an in-depth look at Ross, a three-star defensive back from Oxon Hill (Md.) Potomac, in just 60 seconds.
UNC's 2017 class: Four commits, four four-stars
Signing day for the 2016 class is three days away, but the Tar Heels already have a great jump on the 2017 class. After Sunday's commitment from defensive end Jake Lawler (Charlotte, NC/South Mecklenburg), UNC has four commitments from four four-star prospects. Additionally, all four are in the Top247 of the 247Sports Composite rankings.