In terms of star power, Erik Highsmith doesn't exactly stand out in a scan of North Carolina's class of 2009 football commitments. On recruiting Web sites such as Rivals.com and Scout.com, there are plenty of Tar Heels players with three or four stars next to their names, indicating the significant regard recruiting analysts had for them in a highly rated UNC class. Tar Heels freshman defensive end Donte Paige-Moss even received the sites' gold standard -- a five-star rating. Highsmith was one of about a half-dozen players in North Carolina's class rated with two stars. But his performance thus far has exceeded that of other, more prominent recruits in his class.
Some stars lacked stars
The News and Observer
Separating truth from hope is the task Carolina football coaches, players and fans face today.
The hope lies with a 42-12 victory against Georgia Southern on Saturday in Chapel Hill. The truth will be revealed in the coming game, a nationally televised affair on ESPN against Florida State on Oct 22 at 8 p.m. at Kenan Stadium, right here in Chapel Hill.
Things get more serious now
The Chapel Hill News
Former North Gaston High standout A.J. Blue's freshman year at North Carolina may have already come to an end.
Blue, who quarterbacked the Wildcats to the N.C. Class 3A state title game in 2007, injured his left knee during the fourth quarter of last Saturday's 42-12 Tar Heels' victory over Georgia Southern. The injury was determined serious enough to require surgery that will be performed Friday, a Tar Heels sports information news release said Tuesday. The same release said Blue's status would be updated following the surgical procedure.
UNC Tar Heel Blue injured, to have surgery on Friday
The Gaston Gazette
North Carolina may have won its most significant in-state recruiting battle yet for the Class of 2010 last weekend.
Wilmington Hoggard's giant offensive tackle, T.J. Leifheit, made an oral commitment to play for the Tar Heels during an official recruiting visit to Chapel Hill for the Georgia Southern game. The 6-foot-7, 310-pounder had more than 30 scholarship offers, but in the end chose UNC over Tennessee and Southern Cal.
UNC lands Hoggard's giant lineman Leifheit
The Fayetteville Observer
Remember when it was a big deal that North Carolina and N.C. State were going to be playing each other in the final game of the regular season?
Well, it's not anymore.
By the time Nov. 28 rolls around, even fans of the Tar Heels and Wolfpack might have a hard time mustering any enthusiasm for the traditional rivalry game.
Wolfpack vs. Tar Heels has lost its luster
The Wilmington Star
"We don't have the total answers right now," Andrews said. "We're still searching as coaches and players to get the right set-up. Hopefully, we'll match up a little better with North Carolina and do a little bit better job of making plays instead of giving them up."
The Tar Heels, statistically speaking, have the worst offense in the ACC. FSU returns to the practice field today to prepare for next Thursday's game at North Carolina.
Like FSU defense, Andrews struggling to find answers
The Tallahassee Democrat