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Chris Hummer of Scout.com lists North Carolina four-star 2018 WR signing Jordyn Adams as one of the freshman who could make an immediate impact next season.

Adams has been committed to North Carolina since July, and didn't waiver even as North Carolina suffered through one of the worst seasons in years. One of the few reasons this couldn't come to fruition is if Adams goes and plays a different sport, as he's considered a potential top 100 pick in the MLB Draft. "The son of North Carolina’s defensive line coach, Adams is well aware what it takes to succeed on the college level, Hummer writes. "The five-star prospect, per 247Sports, is also a heck of an athlete with great size (6-foot-2), speed and polish. Once Adams begins to add a bit of weight to his 175-pound frame, watch out."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 11 - 3:23 PM

North Carolina signed uncommitted four-star 2018 G William Barnes.

Barnes was considered one of the top guards in the class, ranking fifth at the position in 247 Sports composite rankings. He picks the Tar Heels over Florida, but also had offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and Clemson -- just to name a few. ESPN's scouting report suggest that he gets off the line quickly, and that he can play in space and is already good in pass pro. Barnes could be an immediate starter for UNC in what they hope will be a rebound year.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 7 - 1:32 PM

SB Nation's Bud Elliott and Morgan Moriarty predict that uncommitted four-star G William Barnes will sign with North Carolina.

What a coup this would be for a team that had a borderline disastrous 2017 season. Larry Fedora has shown he can close, however, so this shouldn't come as a huge surprise. "I think Barnes is going to go to UNC, which is also apparently willing to take a commit from his teammate and fellow OL, Ed Montelus," Elliot and Moriarty say. Barnes will announce his decision on signing day.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 5 - 3:55 PM

North Carolina received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 T Joshua Ezeudu.

The Tar Heels entered the fray just recently, tossing an offer Ezeudu's way on Dec. 1. Minnesota and Virginia have also been hunting for his pledge, among others. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, pushes UNC's 2018 class up to 17 members. On the field, Ezeudu has experience playing both left and right tackle. Rivals ranks him as the No. 62 tackle prospect for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jan 20 - 12:08 PM

Scout.com's Greg Barnes reports that North Carolina will hire Tennessee LB coach Tommy Thigpen to serve in a to-be-determined capacity.

This will be a homecoming for Thigpen, who was an All-ACC standout at linebacker for the Tar Heels from 1989-92. He's been on staff at Tennessee for the past five seasons. This fresh stint with UNC will be his second as a coach -- he earlier worked as linebackers coach at the program for three seasons (2005-08).
Source: Scout.com
Jan 1 - 6:13 PM

North Carolina junior ILB Andre Smith will forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Smith (6'0/235) has been sidelined for most of the campaign due to a knee injury sustained against Louisville in Week 2. Because he was unable to play for the bulk of the season, much of the evaluating work on Smith -- at least in terms of tape -- will come from his sophomore year, when he registered 113 tackles (6.0 for loss), a sack and three passes defensed. The Tar Heels linebacker is somewhat undersized, but offers a strong nose for the ball, shows out well in run defense and is at least respectable in coverage. He's a likely middle-round selection for the NFL Draft.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 02:19:00 PM

North Carolina senior LB Allen Artis has been granted an extra year of eligibility.

Artis missed all of the 2016 season after being charted with sexual battery and assault. Those charges were dropped, and the NCAA has ruled that he'll get an extra-year of eligibility for missing that time. In nine games, Artis finished 11 total tackles.
Thu, Dec 21, 2017 06:15:00 PM

UNC redshirt freshman QB Logan Byrd will transfer.

We assume the Tar Heels' coaching staff didn't take to the former four-star recruit, because all signs Byrd must have gotten this fall pointed towards his eventual exit. UNC started three different quarterbacks during its lost 2017 season; Brandon Harris, Nathan Elliott and Chazz Surratt. Somehow, Byrd was not given his audition, never seeing even one snap. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder was one of the top pro-style QBs in the country coming out of high school. Meanwhile, Elliott and Surratt will compete for UNC's starting QB job next year.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 06:02:00 PM

UNC senior cornerback M.J. Stewart has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

In an atrocious year for North Carolina, Stewart has been one of the very few bright spots. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound cornerback broke up 12 passes, and has six career interceptions to his name. He's been given anywhere between first-and-third round grades, so the Senior Bowl will be big for the senior corner.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 10:39:00 PM

UNC redshirt sophomore WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams caught five passes for 131 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 33-21 loss to NC State.

Ratliff-Williams (6'1/205) hauled in a 51-yard touchdown in the first quarter on his way to his best overall performance of the season. The redshirt sophomore has done a respectable job this season, particularly given the injury attrition faced by North Carolina's receiving corp. Ratliff-Williams finishes the campaign having caught 35 passes for 630 yards and six touchdowns.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 07:57:00 PM

UNC freshman RB Michael Carter rushed 16 times for 103 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's victory against Western Carolina.

Carter went over the century mark for the second time in four games, and he racked up his eighth rushing touchdown of the season. It has been a tough season in Chapel Hill with the losing and injuries, but head coach Larry Fedora has found key offensive components for the future with Carter and QB Nathan Elliott. The season wraps up Saturday at N.C. State.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:46:00 PM

UNC redshirt sophomore QB Nathan Elliott completed 18-of-28 passes for 240 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 65-10 win of Western Carolina.

The Catamounts had no answer for Elliott through the air. The QB, who appears to be the long-term answer for head coach Larry Fedora's offense, also gathered 42 yards on 10 totes. It has been a painful season in Chapel Hill this season, literally and figuratively with all of the injuries. But they could cure a lot of ills with a victory against rival North Carolina State in Raleigh next Saturday.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 06:42:00 PM

UNC redshirt sophomore QB Nathan Elliott could be the long-term answer at quarterback for the Tar Heels.

"He could be, he could be. Right now, he’s got to be the guy this week, so I really haven’t started thinking long term stuff," Tar Heels HC Larry Fedora said. In a year that has seen North Carolina be as decimated by injuries as any team in the country, UNC fans could use some good news. Elliott provided some last week in their upset win over Pittsburgh. Expect Elliott and fellow signal-caller Chazz Surratt to battle for the job in spring, but based on what we saw last Thursday, don't be surprise if the former takes the job.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 07:40:00 PM

UNC redshirt sophomore QB Nathan Elliott completed 20-of-31 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns in a 34-31 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Elliott was awful against Miami the previous week, but lots of quarterbacks look awful against Miami. This was a much better effort. He wasn't asked to push the ball down the field much, but he made the right decision, and for the most part, he was accurate when making that decision. His touchdown pass to Anthony Ratliff-Williams proved to be the game winner, and he found Brandon Fritts for an 11-yarder at the end of the first quarter as well. Elliott has earned another start and could have another solid game next week against Western Carolina.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 11:09:00 PM

UNC redshirt sophomore WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams threw for a touchdown, scored on a kick return, and caught five passes for 75 yards with a touchdown in a 34-31 victory over Pitt on Thursday.

Well, that's versatility. The game opened with Ratliff-Williams showing off his speed on a 98-yard kick return for a touchdown. A quarter later, the sophomore wideout threw a 36-yard touchdown pass on a trick play to give the Tar Heels a 21-17 lead. The biggest score was the last, a four-yard touchdown that proved to be the winning score with 6:18 left in the game. Ratliff-Williams could have a big year next season if North Carolina can get the quarterback thing figured out. They get Western Carolina next week.
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 11:04:00 PM


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