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No. 1 Defensive Tackle Andrew Brown Visits North Carolina

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North Carolina is set to host a wealth of top talent this weekend, highlighted by the top defensive tackle in the country according to 247Sports.

Andrew Brown is the top-ranked defensive tackle in the 2014 class and could make an immediate impact wherever he chooses to call home for the next three to four years. He is rated a five-star recruit and has been named a 2014 All-American as well.

Brown recently narrowed his previous list of 31 interested schools down to 10, one of which is the North Carolina Tar Heels.

What better weekend to host a top recruit than the weekend that your basketball team plays their top-rival and third-ranked Duke Blue Devils at home. With a Tar Heels win against the Blue Devils, any top recruit would be attracted to the type of atmosphere that ensues after a huge win against a rival.

No front-runner is clear as of right now, but for a talented defensive lineman like Brown, there will be no shortage of offers.

The 6-foot-4, 282-pound high school junior is one of three Virginia players ranked in the top-10 of this year’s draft class. He accumulated 83 tackles, 11 sacks, 14 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.

These numbers are enough to give Brown a chance to play at his college of choice.

He has the size coveted by many college coaches and the talent desired by every college program. North Carolina may be on his list of top choices, but they will have to fight it out against top college football programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Florida and Michigan if they plan on landing Brown.

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Phantom Offsides Penalty Costs North Carolina



All season long, we’ve been hearing about how bad the officiating has been in the NFL. On Saturday night, we saw how much damage bad calls can do in college football as well.

During the ACC title game, the North Carolina Tar Heels were making one final push to steal the crown from the Clemson Tigers. After scoring a quick touchdown in the waning minutes of the game, the Tar Heels lined up for an onside kick — and recovered it after a few Tigers mishandled the ball. However, a flag came flying in for an offsides penalty. The only problem was that no Tar Heel was offsides.

Just look for yourself:

Am I missing something, or were there zero Tar Heels offsides on that play?

The closest player was still about two yards from the line. Obviously a recovery¬†wouldn’t have guaranteed a North Carolina touchdown, but it certainly kept them from getting the opportunity they earned.

The Tigers recovered the next onside kick, and ran out the clock, securing the ACC crown and a spot in the 2015 College Football Playoff.

The ACC title came down to a phantom offsides call that cost North Carolina big.

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