Friday was something of a strange day at North Carolina, what with the announcement that it had notified the NCAA of additional potential violations that will delay a long-running infractions case, but it was a good day for the UNC football program.
The Tar Heels picked up two commitments from the class of 2016: Jordon Brown, a running back from Southern Durham High, and Jonathan Smith, a linebacker from Scotland County High in Laurinburg. Multiple outlets that cover recruiting reported the commitments, including 247sports.com.
Brown is a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, which ranks him among the top-10 all-purpose running backs in the nation. Smith is also a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, which considers him to be among the top 30 inside linebacker prospects in the country.
The most significant aspect, perhaps, of the commitments from Brown and Smith is that they're both in-state prospects. UNC had been struggling to recruit in-state prospects in this class, and after the commitments of Brown and Smith UNC now has three commitments from three in-state players.
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Overall, 17 prospects in the class of 2016 have committed to UNC. The Tar Heels' class now ranks 23rd nationally, according to 247Sports.
The Tar Heels have recruited well in football despite the challenging circumstance presented by the ongoing NCAA investigation. Larry Fedora, the UNC coach, has expressed confidence that his program won't be affected by the investigation, and the prospects who have committed apparently share his optimism.
UNC's football recruiting success stands out, especially, given the recruiting struggles of the men's basketball program, which is still seeking its first commitment from a class of 2016 player. Prospects in both sports have expressed concern about how the NCAA situation will affect UNC.