Fanfare: Hillside OT Emanuel McGirt commits to UNC

Jun. 17, 2014 @ 08:08 PM

Hillside tackle McGirt commits

DURHAM — Rising senior offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt of Hillside High School, perhaps the area’s top collegiate football prospect, committed to the University of North Carolina on Tuesday.

McGirt, 6-foot-6, 275-pounds, will be a freshman at UNC for the 2015 season. He was known to have received at least 15 Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers including from SEC powers LSU, Georgia and Florida, locally N.C. State, Duke, East Carolina and Wake Forest, as well as Miami, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

McGirt is the fourth offensive line prospect to verbally commit to UNC — and eleventh pledge overall for the Tar Heels. Ten of those prospects are ranked as 3-star prospects, quarterback Anthony Ratliff of Matthews Butler High School a 4-star prospect. McGirt is listed as a 4-star prospect by one service,, but is generally ranked as a 3-star prospect on a 0 to 5 scale.

At UNC, McGirt will rejoin former Hillside teammate, Tar Heel running back Khris Francis who’ll be entering his junior season in 2015.

Duke football lands 2, list at 11

DURHAM — Duke received commitments from a pair of 3-star rising senior football players Tuesday, bringing the Blue Devils’ total number of committed players for the 2015 season to 11.

Committing Tuesday were 6-foot-6, 232-pound defensive end Trevon McSwain of Buford (Ga.) Lanier High School and 5-9, 165 wide receiver T.J. Rahming of Powder Springs (Ga.) McEahern.

McSwain is ranked No. 80 nationally among prospects at his position by Rahming is reported to run a 4.39-second 40-yard dash.

All 11 Duke commitments to date are rated as at least 3-star prospects by most major prep recruiting services.

Steve Logan at Durham Sports Club

DURHAM — Former East Carolina University football coach and NFL and NFL Europe assistant coach Steve Logan will be the guest speaker at today’s meeting of the Durham Sports Club at noon at Croasdaile Country Club.

The public is invited to the luncheon and speech for a $25 fee that includes lunch.

High school notebook: ECH DT Chris Alston named

CHAPEL HILL — East Chapel Hill defensive tackle Chris Alston, 6-0, 328, has been named to the N.C. Coaches Association East team for the East-West All-Star Football Game July 23 at Greensboro Grimsley High School’s Jamieson Stadium.

Top Tar Heel players who have completed their senior season and accept the invitation to play are included on the team. ...

Jordan High School wrestling coach and assistant athletic director Phil Davanzo is leaving to become the athletic director at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte. ... South Granville basketball star Marcus McLean will sign a letter-of-intent at 1 p.m. today at South to play at Pfeiffer University this fall ... Carrboro continues to interview candidates to replace departed football coach Jason Tudryn, according to Carrboro AD April Ross. ...

Former Florida Atlantic University volleyball and sand volleyball head coach Jody Brown has been named volleyball coach at Chapel Hill High School for this fall. He replaces veteran coach Sherry Norris who has to sit out at least one semester as part of state retirement rules. ... Norris is eligible to return to coaching after the fall semester, but will have to reapply for the girls' basketball job despite winning the state 3-A title this winter. Brown is her permanent replacement as volleyball coach.



Pos Nat'l
School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Commit Date Signed LOI? Commit School
DE 80 Trevon McSwain
(Lanier High School)
Buford, GA
  6-6/232 06/17/2014   Duke
WR NR T.J. Rahming
(McEachern HS)
Powder Springs, GA
  5-9/165/4.39 06/17/2014   Duke
WR NR Aaron Young
(Murrieta Valley HS)
Murrieta, CA
6-5/200 06/13/2014   Duke
DE NR Marquies Price
(Peach County HS)
Fort Valley, GA
6-6/220 06/08/2014   Duke
WR 43 Flynn Nagel
(Lemont Twp HS)
Lemont, IL
5-10/180 06/06/2014   Duke
OLB NR Joe Giles-Harris
(St. Joseph Regional HS)
Montvale, NJ
6-1/210 06/05/2014   Duke
OT 59 Reno Rosene
(Oaks Christian HS)
Westlake Village, CA
  6-7/315 06/05/2014   Duke
QB NR Quentin Harris
(The Taft School)
Watertown, CT
6-1/185 05/23/2014   Duke
S NR Jordan Hayes
(Grayson HS)
Loganville, GA
  6-0/170/4.50 01/06/2014   Duke
DT NR Brandon Boyce
(St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
6-0/250 12/27/2013   Duke
DE NR Zach Morris
(Ringgold HS)
Ringgold, GA
  6-4/265/4.87 11/16/2013   Duke



Pos Nat'l
School, Hometown
Video HT/ WT/ 40 Commit Date Signed LOI? Commit School
OT NR Emanuel McGirt
(Hillside HS)
Durham, NC
6-5/270 06/17/2014   North Carolina
C 4 Tommy Hatton
(St. Joseph Regional HS)
Montvale, NJ
6-2.5/280 06/13/2014   North Carolina
DT 35 Aaron Crawford
(Stone Bridge HS)
Ashburn, VA
6-2/300 05/20/2014   North Carolina
QB NR Nathan Elliott
(Celina HS)
Celina, TX
6-1/185 04/18/2014   North Carolina
OT 56 William Sweet
(First Coast HS)
Jacksonville, FL
  6-7/275 04/12/2014   North Carolina
TE 21 Carl Tucker
(William Amos Hough HS)
Cornelius, NC
6-2/215 04/12/2014   North Carolina
OT 60 Mason Veal
(Ardrey Kell HS)
Charlotte, NC
6-5/288 03/28/2014   North Carolina
CB NR Corey Bell
(William Amos Hough HS)
Cornelius, NC
5-10/170 03/18/2014   North Carolina
QB 20 Anthony Ratliff
(David W Butler HS)
Matthews, NC
6-2/185 03/10/2014   North Carolina
MLB NR Andre Smith
(Trinity Christian Academy)
Jacksonville, FL
  6-0/220 10/15/2013   North Carolina
S 29 Ronnie Harrison
(Florida State University School)
Tallahassee, FL
6-2.5/205 07/26/2013   North Carolina