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National Signing Day 2017: Tracking the newest Tar Heels for UNC football

The UNC Football class of 2017 signs on the dotted line.

Georgia Tech v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

As we kick off the second month of 2017, it’s also time to welcome a new group of football players into the Tar Heel family. While the majority of National Signing Day is merely a formality with most players already clearly indicating whether or not they’ll be putting on Carolina blue in the fall, there is still a bit of work to be done.

The Tar Heels await the decisions of Dazz Newsome, A.J. Davis, and Ameer Speed. Just last night they got a commitment from their second kicker this week in Cooper Graham.

UNC football will look a bit different when they take the field again later this year. So many familiar faces have moved on to bigger and better things, or were forced to depart through graduation. Those faces will be replaced by new ones. Lots of them being the guys signing on as Tar Heels today.

These newcomers and the guys returning from seasons past look to continue to elevate the reputation of North Carolina football. Can this group of players get back to the ACC Championship game as they did two seasons ago? Will they be able to make Carolina the basketball school that can do football too, thank you very much?

We’ll see. It starts today. We’ll be here throughout the day for information on all the happenings as they happen.

Welcome to the newest group of Tar Heels! And as always, Go Heels!

UNC National Signing Day:

The good news:

4-star DE Jake Lawler enrolls early

4-star CB Tre’ Shaw enrolls early

4-star DT Xach Gill enrolls early

4-star OG Jonah Melton enrolls early

UNC Football gets three additional early enrollees

3-star OT Billy Ross signs with UNC

Kicker Noah Ruggles signs with UNC

Safety Kayne Roberts signs with UNC

OT Jordan Tucker signs with UNC

4-star recruit CJ Cotman signs with UNC

3-star OT Marcus McKethan signs with UNC

3-star RB Antwuan Branch signs with UNC

3-star LB Jeremiah Gemmel signs with UNC

3-star OG Brian Anderson signs with UNC

3-star LB Malik Robinson signs with UNC

3-star CB Caleb Rozar signs with UNC

3-star WR Beau Corrales signs with UNC

3-star ATH Dazz Newsome picks UNC over Virginia Tech and Maryland

Watch Dazz Newsome commit to the Tar Heels

Preferred walk-on kicker Cooper Graham signs with the Tar Heels

The not-so-good news:

UNC target Ameer Speed picks Georgia over North Carolina

WR commit Tyler Smith will not sign and will grey shirt in 2017

4-star RB AJ Davis will not sign with the Tar Heels