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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.

5-Star LB Keion Joyner Favoring Five

In a conversation with Havelock High School head football coach Jim Bob Byrant, CarolinaBlue learned that five-star outside linebacker Keion Joyner is favoring five schools right now. "I think its five right now," Bryant said. "North Carolina, Texas A&M, Auburn, LSU, and Florida State." Joyner is the No. 1 prospect in the state of North Carolina and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the nation, per the 247Sports Composite ranking of the 2016 class.

Video: QB Logan Byrd chose UNC for many reasons

Logan Byrd recently committed to North Carolina. The Peach State quarterback was at one time a Virginia Tech commitment, but he feels Chapel Hill, N.C. is where he belongs. Scout recently visited the talented signal caller at Veterans High School in Kathleen, Ga. and Byrd breaks down his commitment to UNC, he talks about what the Tar Heels are getting in him, and more in this feature.

Report: WR Kyran Bowman to de-commit from UNC, pursue basketball

Class of 2016 North Carolina wide receiver commit Kyran Bowman (Havelock, NC) plans to de-commit from the Tar Heels. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound 247Sports Composite three-star prospect has been committed to UNC for over a year. "Kyran Bowman is no longer part of our football program," Havelock High School head football coach Jim Bob Byrant told CarolinaBlue on Thursday. "He is going to focus on basketball. He is going to de-commit from North Carolina." Bowman originally committed to UNC on March 20th of 2014.

Star 2018 RB Ricky Slade is high on North Carolina

Ricky Slade is only 15 years old, but that's not stopping the steady flow of college offers. Described as a "freshman phenom" by Don Callahan of Inside Carolina, Slade is a 5-foot-10, 170-pound running back from Woodbridge, Va. Now, according to Callahan, North Carolina is one of the favorites to land the game-changing ball-carrier in 2018.

Tommy Hatton's Blog

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. 1, Hatton outlines how he got started in football and how his competitive drive has fueled his success. "I love competition. I started playing football when I was in second grade for my town, Glen Rock."

Incoming OL Tommy Hatton Is Driven

Incoming Tar Heel offensive lineman Tommy Hatton is consumed by his goals. He’s too young to remember the Four Horsemen or probably even WCW but Tommy Hatton is channeling Arn Anderson right now. He’s right in the middle of an early ’90s Saturday morning wrestling promo disguised as a phone interview and his words and passion are coming rapid fire. “I feel like the one thing that makes me stand out the most is I have a chip on my shoulder at all times,” Hatton says.

Tar Heels stockpiling offensive line talent

North Carolina's offense sputtered at times last season, due in part to inconsistency and lack of depth along the offensive line. But those issues should start disappearing in the near future due to some impressive recruiting by the Tar Heels. UNC continued a streak of landing highly rated blocking prospects over the weekend when offensive tackle Jay-Jay McCargo from Alexandria, Virginia, made a verbal commitment to the Tar Heels.

2016 WR/RB Jordon Brown hearing from three the most (video)

Southern Durham WR/RB Jordon Brown says he's hearing from Duke, UNC and Wake Forest the most.

Jay-Jay McCargo: Athletic and versatile

CarolinaBlue spoke with Bishop O'Connell head football coach Colin Disch to get more information on UNC's newest commit Jay-Jay McCargo. In speaking with Disch, who has been on the staff for McCargo's entire career, it is clear the Tar Heels landed a good one. Beyond his athleticism, which Disch raves about, McCargo is a hard worker, a leader, and a good person off the field. The superlatives were countless.

Four-Star OL Jay-Jay McCargo Commits to UNC

Jay-Jay McCargo gave North Carolina its highest ranked verbal commitment to date for the 2016 class on Saturday. McCargo, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman from Arlington (Va.) O’Connell, selected UNC over a scholarship offer list that included Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, California, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Miami, UNC, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

UNC in top five for QB Jawon Pass

Class of 2016 dual-threat quarterback Jawon Pass (Columbus, GA/Carver) released a top five on his personal Twitter account. The Tar Heels made the cut along with Alabama, Auburn, Louisville, and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound signal caller is a 247Sports Composite four-star prospect and the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.

2016 QB Chazz Surratt commits to Duke

David Cutcliffe has his quarterback in the Class of 2016. Chazz Surratt announced today at a press conference at his school that he would be attending Duke, choosing the Blue Devils over offers from North Carolina, Vanderbilt, NC State and others.

2016 QB Chazz Surratt to make college commitment on Tuesday

Chazz Surratt has narrowed his list of future college football destinations to four. On Tuesday, he’ll tell everyone which is No. 1. East Lincoln’s dynamic two-sport athlete will give his verbal commitment to either Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt or Wake Forest at the end of the school day on Tuesday, the junior told the Lincoln Times-News in a text message Sunday. Surratt will make his announcement in front of the student body at 2:40 p.m., he said.

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