CHAPEL HILL — The North Carolina Tar Heels had two major football recruiting victories Friday, according to reports published on the website InsideCarolina.
Jordan Brown of Durham Southern verbally committed to play for the Tar Heels, the site said, attributing the news to his high school coach.
The heavily recruited running back, who is 5-foot-11 and 186 pounds, picked UNC over several contenders, including Oklahoma State, Wake Forest, South Carolina, and West Virginia, according to the report.
On the opposite side of the ball, linebacker Jonathan Smith of Scotland County chose the Heels on Friday evening. Scotland County’s leading tackler last year, Smith is 6-foot, 229 pounds.
He was being pursued Duke, Georgia Tech and Michigan, according to the website. Most analysts had him headed to Duke before a recent visit to UNC.
Robeson County fans can see Smith in action this season when Scotland visits Purnell Swett on Oct. 9 and Lumberton on Oct. 30.
Scout now has UNC’s football recruiting class ranked the 27th best in the country,