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Well it was a big week for Tar Heel recruiting once again. Even with the big basketball news I’d say there was more going on for Coach Fedora and his staff. Here’s a review of what happened.

Oct 13, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora reacts during a game against the Miami Hurricanes at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Noah Vonleh:  The big news of the weekend for Roy Williams and Tar Heel fans everywhere was that consensus top 10 recruit (according to ESPN) Noah Vonleh commited to Indiana. Vonleh was one of three remaining players available that Coach Williams had offered, but has decided to take his skills to Bloomington. Vonleh marks the second recruit in the past few weeks to have chosen Indiana over Carolina, the other player being Troy Williams. Vonleh is a big loss for the Heels who are falling short on targets to fill in their 2013 freshmen class that is made up of Isaiah Hicks and Nate Britt. We are still awaiting the decision of Kennedy Meeks between UNC and Georgetown. The News and Observer recently wrote a great article on Meeks being a local prospect ( http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/11/10/2475445/west-charlottes-meeks-is-a-big.html ). There is still hope for the #1 rated prospect in the country Andrew Wiggins to commit to the Heels, but we likely won’t find out his destination until sometime this Spring. Meeks has not formally set an official date to commit, but he can commit as early as this week.

Football: Here’s a look at what’s going on with some of Coach Fedora’s top targets for the North Carolina football team.

Jonathon Alston – ATH/WR/OLB, Bunn (N.C.) (Class of 2013)

Recruiting Update– Alston apparently is torn between North Carolina and N.C. State, and both schools are putting in some major effort. Right now, it looks like it could go either way. He is expected to have a conference call with the North Carolina staff Wednesday night regarding the football program and his interest. Alston had offers from SEC schools to play outside linebacker, but would prefer being on offense in college, and that is a major reason why the Tar Heels and Wolfpack are at the top of his list.
Prospect Note– Because of his size (he’s 6-2, 200 pounds) and the fact he also sees time on defense, Alston not only is a prospect that can use his body on pass plays but likes the idea of being an asset to a team’s high paced offense.

Trevion Thompson – WR, Durham (N.C.) (Class of 2014)
Recruiting Update– The nation’s #2 receiving prospect, for 2014, likes Clemson, Florida and Ohio State a lot, but it’s worth noting he has visited only North Carolina and N.C. State this season for games. Of those stops, he said the trip to Chapel Hill stood out. Thompson plans to visit Clemson next weekend when the Tigers play host to N.C. State. According to Thompson, Clemson and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest at this time. The Tigers recently stopped by his high school Durham Hillside to visit with him and so did Ohio State. Thompson is in no rush to pick a school. He said his recruitment is in the “early stages.”
Prospect Note– Thompson, who also plays basketball, had 42 catches for 735 yards and five touchdowns this season. He missed two games with a heel injury.

Korrin Wiggins – S, Durham (N.C.) (Class of 2013)
Recruiting Update– A three-star prospect, Wiggins committed to North Carolina in April. However, his coach says he is “exploring all options.” Look for Wiggins to take official visits to Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State and possibly South Carolina. At this point, it is hard to say who the biggest threat to the Tar Heels would be.

Other Recruiting News: 15 recruits were in attendance for yesterday’s shootout versus Georgia Tech including Marquez North who is now an army all American out of Mallard Creek high school in Charlotte, NC. He says it is UNC and Tennessee in the lead so far during his recruitment process. Dajuan Drennon was also in attendance. Drennon, a 6-3 4 star defensive end out of New Jersey is a very good player and has already committed to UNC over schools such as Alabama. TJ Logan (highlight reel of the week) out of Northern Guilford is a highly regarded athlete who is known for his speed. Logan is 5-11, 185 lbs and rated 4 stars. He destroyed Chapel Hill last Friday night in the playoffs to a tune of 242 yards and 4 touchdowns.

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Highlight Reel of the Week: TJ Logan – ATH, Nothern Guilford HS