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UNC football signee Luke Elder: "I'd like to share my story"

Right now, Luke Elder is cancer free. The second surgery revealed that the growth had not spread. He will still get regular tests and be close to Duke's medical center for his checkups and medical treatments. The goal has been to get 100% ready to do everything football and workout-wise necessary in preparation for enrollment at UNC in less than a month.

UNC offers Alabama lineman Brian Anderson

North Carolina has offered 2017 offensive guard/center Brian Anderson (Montgomery, AL), the recruit told CarolinaBlue Tuesday evening. The three star prospect is 6-3, 281 pounds, and can play guard or center at the next level. Anderson currently holds 31 offers including tenders from Indiana, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, and East Carolina, among others.

North Carolina's football recruiting class could be an exception to the rule

While Maryland has some momentum at the moment, If I had to choose the outsider likeliest to stay atop the rankings, I'd pick North Carolina, the current No. 13. The Tar Heels had an excellent 2015 season on the field and made progress in recruiting, too. Larry Fedora has a good recruiting staff, and UNC looks poised for another successful season.

Former UNC DB signee James Pierre commits to Syracuse

Safety James Pierre (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) committed to Syracuse early Saturday afternoon. "I chose Syracuse because of the academics and what they can do for me education wise," Pierre said. Pierre signed with UNC in February and received his release May 4. Pierre was denied admissions by UNC. He said he's slated to enroll at Syracuse July 2.

UNC joins the hunt for 5-star QB Tate Martell

Less than a week after 5-star quarterback Tate Martell decommitted from Texas A&M, two ACC programs have joined the hunt for the 2017 signal-caller. Martell took to his personal Twitter account on Monday to announce new offers from a trio of schools that includes North Carolina and Pittsburgh.

The impact of academic reputation in football recruiting

It's the age old question: Does high level academics help or hurt your school in recruiting? On one side of the argument is the fact that tough academic standards can limit who the admissions department can admit into the school. There are dozens of situations where a coaching staff cannot even recruit a certain prospect because his grades and test scores are too low.

Video: 2018 offensive tackle Avery Jones has chance to be big-time prospect

Avery Jones had a strong sophomore campaign last fall and has continued to improve over the past several months. Due to his efforts, the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jones has picked up scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State and Charlotte, while Clemson and South Carolina are also showing interest.

2017 DB Devon Hunter says Tar Heels ‘stand out’

The race is on to land class of 2017 defensive back Devon Hunter out of Virginia. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds Hunter is listed as the fourth-best safety prospect in teh 2017 class and is a composite four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. After years of recruiting, Hunter has five schools that really stand out to him. The defensive back says that UNC is one of those five schools.

Scotland Senior’s Zamir White might be nation’s best football player in 2018 class

National recruiting analyst Chad Simmons of said he didn’t have to watch Scotland Senior High sophomore running back Zamir White too long to know he’s special. White, who plays at a class 4A school about two hours east of Charlotte, is ranked among the nation’s top five recruits by most recruiting services. He’s considered the No.1-rated player at his position.

UNC safety signee James Pierre receives release from UNC

Per his high school coach, Jevon Glenn, safety James Pierre (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) received his release from his National Letter of Intent that he signed in February with UNC. Pierre was denied admissions by UNC. As a senior, Pierre had 48 tackles, four interceptions and two pass deflections. Per Glenn, Pierre has already received interest from Syracuse, NC State, Illinois and Temple.

UNC football commitment Adarius Lemons still listening to Florida Gators pitch

The Florida Gators have had all nine assistant coaches on the road this week and they’ve had two coaches stop by to see some of their big name targets during the week at their practices. North Carolina running back commit Adarius Lemons (6-1, 192, Clearwater, FL High) was one of those players that had two coaches visit him including running backs coach Tim Skipper.

Five-star ATH Jermaine Eskridge Jr. excited to visit Tar Heels

Larry Fedora has already put together a nice 2016 recruiting class and has a good start on the 2017 class. But he may find himself with a early edge in the 2018 class. Five star athlete Jermaine Eskridge Jr., has listed the top 10 schools he’s most excited to visit and the Tar Heels are right there at the top. Eskridge Jr. originally committed to the University of Kentucky.

UNC among favorites for 4-star back Khalan Laborn

Four-star all-purpose Back Khalan Laborn is one of the most electric offensive players in the 2017 class. The Virginia Beach native, currently enrolled at Ashbrook High School in North Carolina, is making a college decision on June 3. Laborn released his top eight schools on Tuesday: Ohio State, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, and UNC.

Top 2017 DE to make decision soon

Class of 2017 defensive end Luiji Vilain (Alexandria, VA/Episcopal) told Ryan Bartow of 247Sports that he is down to a group of top schools and has a decision timetable. The 6-4, 240-pound prospects listed USC, Virginia Tech, UNC, Georgia, and Tennessee as the schools he will decide between in early June. Currently, North Carolina has eight players committed for the 2017 class.

Many Continue to Pursue UNC RB Commit Adarius Lemons

Despite his commitment to UNC, schools are still recruiting four-star running back Adarius Lemons. On Wednesday, Georgia and Florida made the stop at Clearwater (Fla.) High School. Lemons recently took a visit to Auburn, however, says it was a visit he had already planned with his teammates before he pledged to UNC. As of Wednesday, he has no more trips planned.

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