UNC Football Recruiting

Top 60 high school athletes for 2016: No. 7 Dexter Lawrence

It’s fun to watch Dexter Lawrence play football — unless you’re on the other team. Lawrence has a unique combination of speed and strength that allows him to blow up offensive plays, terrorize quarterbacks and swallow running backs. “I’ve gotten more aggressive,” said the 6-5, 310-pound Lawrence. “When it gets serious, I do my best and have fun.” (USA Today)

Analysis: UNC Football Commitment Jonathan Smith

What a day for UNC football. The Heels picked up a second big in-state commitment on Friday when Jonathan Smith chose UNC over Duke and others. Just about 12 hours after four-star all-purpose back Jordon Brown committed to UNC, fellow in-state recruit Jonathan Smith followed suit at an announcement at Scotland County on Friday evening. (Tar Heel Illustrated)

Tomon Fox Has 'Motor That Won't Quit'

What type of player and person is North Carolina getting in defensive end commitment Tomon Fox? The best person to answer that question is Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill head coach Kevin Reach. Reach has watched the 6-3 Fox blossom over the last few years into an elite player coming off the edge, which is exactly what UNC needed as part of its 2016 recruiting class. "He’s a great pass rusher," Reach said. "He’s all over the field, he’s got a motor that won’t quit." (Inside Carolina)

Why is running back Jordon Brown's commitment so important for UNC?

On Friday morning, 2016 all-purpose running back Jordon Brown (Durham, NC/Southern) committed to North Carolina, picking the Heels over South Carolina and Wake Forest and offers from West Virginia, Oklahoma State, and N.C. State, among others. A 5-foot-10, 180-pound versatile prospect, Brown was UNC's No. 1 target for the running back spot in the 2016 class. (Carolina Blue)

Q&A with 2016 UNC commit Jonathan Smith

Recent UNC linebacker commit Jonathan Smith: "Wednesday I talked to Coach (Papuchis) and he just told me that Carolina was the place that I needed to be and I believed him. The last visit I took, they showed me a lot about the school and what they have to offer, and I just made up my mind that I'm going to be a Tar Heel. It was a lot of going back and forth, seeing what Duke had to offer and what North Carolina had to offer and it was just North Carolina outweighed Duke." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Jonathan Smith's Announcement

Jonathan Smith only needed to say one word. And even that probably wasn't necessary. The Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County linebacker reached into the bag, pulled out a North Carolina hat, placed it on his head and said "Carolina." No further explanation to the cheering crowd at the community event was necessary. (Inside Carolina)

Scotland High linebacker Jonathan Smith will go to North Carolina

Jonathan Smith wanted to share one of the most important decisions of his young life with his adopted hometown. The Scotland High School linebacker did so with style and fanfare Friday when he selected North Carolina as his college destination over Duke. Smith, a 6-foot-1, 230-pounder, made the announcement before a crowd of more than 500, including his Fighting Scots teammates, during intermission of a "Friday After Five'' concert at the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex. (Fayetteville Observer)

Chizik, defensive staff impacting recruiting

With 2016 middle linebacker Jonathan Smith (Laurinburg, NC/Scotland County) committing to North Carolina on Friday evening, the new UNC defensive staff have been able to come in and lock down a number of the Tar Heels' top targets in this class. Smith credit UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and linebackers coach John Papuchis as big roles in his decision to become a Tar Heel. (Carolina Blue)

LB Jonathan Smith Commits to UNC

Jonathan Smith announced his verbal commitment to North Carolina during a local community event on Friday evening. Smith, a 6-foot, 229-pound linebacker from Scotland County, selected UNC over fellow finalists Duke, Georgia Tech, and Michigan. In anticipation of a preseason decision, Smith visited both Duke and UNC within the past couple of weeks. Smith is UNC’s 17th verbal commitment of the 2016 class. (Inside Carolina)

RB Jordon Brown commits to UNC

Running back Jordan Brown (Durham, N.C./Southern) committed to North Carolina, Friday morning. Brown chose North Carolina over South Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. The three-star recruit is ranked as the nation's No. 9 all-purpose running back and the No. 19 prospect in North Carolina in the 2016 class by Composite Rankings. (Carolina Blue)

Importance Of Jonathan Smith & UNC

Jonathan Smith will make his college decision Friday, and while he is listing a top five, it is shaping up as a Duke vs. North Carolina battle for the No. 1 in-state linebacker. If the Tar Heels can land Smith, who plays at Laurinburg Scotland, it would give a big boost to the class since he is the type of player defensive coordinator Gene Chizik could build a class around, and he could give a boost the 2016 and 2017 in-state recruiting efforts. (

4-star WR Diondre Overton discusses top 5

Diondre Overton is getting closer to making his college decision. The North Carolina wide receiver, who is ranked 29th in the country at his position, gave Scout the latest. ”I’ve narrowed it down to five schools, but I’m open to any new offers,” Diondre Overton said. “The five schools are Clemson, Tennessee, Nebraska, North Carolina and NC State." (North Carolina) really impressed me when I went down there for Fedora’s Freak Show. I also like their up-tempo offense." (Inside Carolina)

Jay Jay McCargo Spotlight

In this exclusive Scout Spotlight video, you'll see what makes UNC commitment Jay Jay McCargo a four-star offensive line prospect. The UNC football program is a good fit for McCargo, but the school is as well. McCargo discusses in the Spotlight what he personally values in a college and his career ambitions for after his football career - and both help explain why he's going to be a Tar Heel. (Inside Carolina)

2016 LB Jonathan Smith to announce college choice Friday

Scotland’s Jonathan Smith saw his recruiting activity soar after completing an impressive junior season, and now the Associated Press all-state linebacker has set a date and venue to announce his college destination. Smith will publicize his choice Friday at “Laurinburg After Five,” a community event sponsored by Murphy-Brown LLC held at the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex. Duke and North Carolina are the favorites to land Smith, who has visited both schools this month. (Laurinburg Exchange)

UNC has the early lead for 2018 QB James Foster

James Foster is one of the top underclassmen prospects in the state of Alabama and it has resulted in early offers. The quarterback named his first leader. "I have a great bond with (quarterbacks) coach (Keith) Heckendorf," he told Scout. "My visit was great, they impressed me a lot," Foster said. "I can really see myself playing there and I got to hang out with Marquise Williams. He was a really cool guy and yeah, he told me to keep working." (

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