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UNC Commits Jake Lawler, Marcus McKethan Named to Shrine Bowl

North Carolina is represented on both Shrine Bowl rosters. Tar Heel verbal commitment Jake Lawler was selected to the NC squad, while fellow pledge Marcus McKethan was named to the SC team. Additionally, UNC target Xach Gill will join Lawler in representing the Tar Heel State. The Shrine Bowl will be played on Saturday, December 17 at 2 p.m. in Spartanburg, S.C.

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North Carolina running back commit Michael Carter (Navarre, FL) ran for 171 yards and four touchdowns (21, 25, 36, 44 yards) in a 48-6 win. Defensive end Jake Lawler (Charlotte, NC) tallied five tackles, including one for a loss and three sacks in a 41-6 win. See how other UNC football recruits performed in this week's edition of the Weekend UNC Recruit Scoreboard.

UNC Begins Football Official Visit Schedule with Bang

North Carolina's first uncommitted official visitor of the 2017 cycle is a big one -- figuratively and literally. Cesar Ruiz, the nation's No. 2 center, will make his much-anticipated return to Chapel Hill this weekend. The visit will be the first stop of the 6-foot-3, 321-pounder's official visit schedule. To help with its recruitment of Ruiz, UNC purposely also scheduled Jonah Melton's official visit this weekend.

Four-star LB Jake Venables to visit UNC this weekend

Linebacker Jake Venables (Central, S.C./D.W. Daniel) said he will visit North Carolina Friday with his mother. It will be his third visit to UNC this year. It's an offer he covets. "I just want to show my mom around the campus for the first time and see what the game day is like," Venables said. He will stick around for UNC's clash against Pittsburgh Saturday.

UNC and 2017 WR commit Ryan Jones part ways

Ryan Jones has de-committed from North Carolina. The 247Sports Composite four-star wide receiver posted the message on his personal twitter account on Thursday evening. Jones visited UNC last weekend for the James Madison game. He committed to North Carolina on February 5th, 2016. North Carolina's 2017 football recruiting class now sits at 14.

Video: UNC OL Commit Jonah Melton Ready to Reinvent

Though he won't be on the field this fall at Eastern Alamance, as he continues to rehabilitate from an ACL injury, in three short months offensive lineman Jonah Melton expects to be fully recovered. Melton, UNC's first and highest-rated commitment from the class of 2017, is prepared to turn the page to the beginning of his Tar Heel career.

Two big official visits this weekend for UNC football

North Carolina takes on ACC Coastal Divisional foe Pittsburgh at 3:30 PM Saturday. Its a huge game for the Tar Heels as they look to repeat as Coastal champs. But off the field, Carolina is hosting two big-time prospects for official visits. Both 2017 center Cesar Ruiz and 2017 offensive guard and UNC commit Jonah Melton will be taking their official visits.

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UNC RB commit Michael Carter scored on touchdown runs of 52 and 21 yards in a 34-21 win. Wide receiver commit J.T. Cauthen caught six passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns in a 53-28 win. And running back target Malik Davis rushed for 153 yards and three touchdowns. See how other UNC football recruits fared in this week's edition of the Weekend Recruit Scoreboard.

Spotlight: UNC Running Back Commitment Michael Carter

Navarre running back Michael Carter burst on the scene as a freshman in 2013. With special talent and pedigree, he seemed destined for greatness. Despite some tough luck, he's fulfilling that potential. It may have been 13 years ago, but Michael Carter still remembers his first football game.

UNC Football Recruit Weekend Scoreboard

UNC LB commit Jeremiah Gemmell (Sharpsburg, GA) had two sacks, two tackles for loss, and two rushing touchdowns in a 42-0 victory. Defensive end commit Jake Lawler (Charlotte, NC) blocked a punt and had six tackles, including three for a loss and a sack. See how the rest of UNC's football recruits performed in this edition of the Weekend UNC Recruit Scoreboard.

Weekend UNC Football Recruit Scoreboard

UNC running back commit Michael Carter (Navarre, FL) rushed for 191 yards and five touchdowns in a 36-20 win. UNC WR receiver commit Tyler Smith (Powder Springs, GA) left the game late in the third quarter when he suffered "what appeared to be a serious knee injury." See how the rest of UNC's recruits fared in this week's edition of the Weekend Football Recruit Scoreboard.

Lincolnton High 2-sport star Sage Surratt to play football in college, narrows list to five

Lincolnton High two-sport star Sage Surratt said he plans to play football in college. Surratt, 18, told the Observer Saturday that he has narrowed his college choices to, in the order he listed them, North Carolina, Harvard, Yale, South Carolina and Indiana. Surratt is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior wide receiver and shooting guard. He was all-state in both sports last season.

Mallard Creek's elite receiver Ryan Jones is growing into an elite leader

Last season, as one of a handful of offensive weapons for the Mallard Creek Mavericks, Ryan Jones reeled in 23 passes for 679 yards and seven touchdowns. “I know that I have to do more this year,” said Jones, a North Carolina commit. “I’m not the guy who talks a lot and gets in my teammates’ faces. I like to lead by example. I feel like that’s the best way to motivate people.”

Tar Heels offer four-star offensive tackle

Offensive tackle Rasheed Walker (Waldorf, Md./North Point) picked up an offer from UNC. It's his seventh offer. Maryland, Howard, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Florida and West Virginia have also offered. The four-star recruit is ranked as the nation's No. 20 offensive tackle and the No. 9 prospect in Maryland in the 2018 class by 247SportsComposite.

UNC, USF battling for RB Malik Davis

Running back Malik Davis (Tampa/Jesuit) said North Carolina and USF are tied on top. He said that outside of the occasional call from Miami those are the only two schools he still consistently hears from. Davis said he hopes to start taking official visits after his senior season and then will make his decision in January. Davis had positive things to say about both frontrunners.

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Jake Lawler2017 WDE
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Marcus McKethan2017 OT
Jordon Riley2017 DT

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