ACC title road, game 2: RB Elijah Hood among 5 early enrollees looking to make impact

Status of UNC signee Avery Edwards uncertain after arrest on felony larceny charge

Elijah Hood (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Elijah Hood (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora is working to get ahead of the curve on the recruiting trail.

Of UNC's 17 signees for 2014, five enrolled in January and went through fall practice, including projected instant-impact running back Elijah Hood of Charlotte, North Carolina.

A four-star recruit ranked among the nation's top 10 freshman running backs, Hood is an elusive, hard-nosed runner with sprinters' speed who was originally committed to Notre Dame before switching to the Tar Heels.

Also enrolling early were four-star offensive lineman Bentley Spain of Charlotte, defensive backs M.J. Stewart of Arlington, Virginia and Allen Artis of Marietta, Georgia, and tight end Brandon Fritts of Mentor, Ohio.

The Tar Heels signed a pair of quarterbacks, including four-star Caleb Henderson of Burke, Virginia, who is rated as the nation's No. 7 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports.

Also signing with UNC was two-star QB Dante DiMaggio of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Other additions of note include wide receiver Austin Proehl of Charlotte, North Carolina; defensive tackle Jeremiah Clarke of Alexandria, Virginia; offensive lineman Josh Allen of Jacksonville, Florida; and defensive ends Robert Dinkins of Charlotte and Tyler Powell of Midlothian, Virginia.

The status of one of UNC's signees is uncertain, following the arrest last week of tight end Avery Edwards on felony larceny chargers. Edwards, a graduate of the Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, is charged with stealing watches and jewelry worth $53,000.

Looking ahead to 2015, UNC currently has 10 players committed, including ESPN Top 300 picks Tommy Hatton, an offensive lineman from Montvale, New Jersey, and Carl Tucker, tight end from Cornelius, North Carolina, as well as four-star prospects Mason Veal, an offensive lineman from Charlotte, and Ronnie Harrison, a defensive back from Tallahassee, Florida. The Tar Heels have quarterback commitment from Anthony Ratliff of Matthews, North Carolina.

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fasttiger44#293363 writes:

Well bully for them. Good luck coming to Death Valley and beating us and I don't care what our record is or how bad we win or lose the FSU game. UNC has no chance of beating us under any conditions thrown at us, except for 7 or 8 turnovers and then I like my buzzard seared on high heat in olive oil and then simmered on low heat with gravy, onions, bell pepper and some mushrooms.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

Maybe the state of North Carolina Director of the Department of Corrections is a UNC grad and lets him out on Saturday to go play and then comes back after the game to finish out his 15 year sentence. Stealing $53,000 in jewlry isn't something you can generally get a slap on the wrist for. That's big time stealing and prison is where he belongs and more than likely where he is going.

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

Maybe the state of North Carolina Director of the Department of Corrections is a UNC grad and lets him out on Saturday to go play and then comes back after the game to finish out his 15 year sentence. Stealing $53,000 in jewlry isn't something you can generally get a slap on the wrist for. That's big time stealing and prison is where he belongs and more than likely where he is going.

Yep! I guess he could help remake "The Longest Yard" for the 3rd time! $53K in jewelry definitely ain't petit larceny! Wow!

brookesdad729 writes:

Hood's a beast for sure! I wouldn't be counting the W too fast with UNC. I don't care for them but I believe they'll be one of the sleepers in the ACC this year. I don't believe they will beat us but we'd do well not to get complacent with them or we can put that one in the L column!

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