North Carolina recruiting: Recapping Week 7 of high school football season for Tar Heels’ class

Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the team. Read his daily notebooks  here  at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we recap the slate of high school football games in Week 8 for the Tar Heels’ Class of 2018.

North Carolina entered the weekend with 11 commits in its Class of 2018 and ended it with 10.

The news of 4-star quarterback Tyler Shough’s de-commitment and subsequent commitment to Oregon was a huge blow to the Tar Heels’ class, though there’s still plenty of talent in the next generation.

All 10 of the remaining commits suited up last weekend, and followed up an impressive 7-0 weekend with an 8-2 performance.

Here’s how each commit performed:

Payton Wilson, 4-star OLB, Hillsborough, N.C.

If North Carolina can’t find a quarterback to replace Shough, maybe Payton Wilson can do it.

For the second straight week, Wilson took snaps behind center, going 2-for-3 with 27 yards and 1 interception to help Orange High School (5-1, 2-0 Big Eight 3-A) top Northern 31-14. His presence was felt all over the offense on Friday, with 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries and 1 reception for 36 yards.

Wilson has been so good this year for Orange that maybe the most astonishing thing about his line is what he didn’t do. For the first time in six games going back to last year, Wilson finished the game with fewer than 10 tackles. He recorded 6 on the evening.

Jordyn Adams, 4-star WR, Cary, N.C.

The Tar Heels can expect their special teams to instantly improve when Jordyn Adams arrives on campus.

On Friday, Adams showed why, as he took 3 punts back for touchdowns to help Green Hope (5-2, 1-0 4-A Triangle 6) earn its first conference win 53-34 over Cary.

Dyami Brown, 4-star ATH, Charlotte, N.C.

Dyami Brown showed what kind of receiving threat he can be at the next level on Friday, as he pulled in 6 catches for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns in West Mecklenburg’s (6-2, 2-1 So. Meck 7 4-A)  49-35 win over Olympic.

Brown also a touch from the backfield, carrying his only attempt 17 yards. He also recorded 4 tackles as a member of the Hawks’ defense.

Other commits:

  • Avery Jones, a 4-star tackle from Havelock, N.C., anchored a Havelock (6-1, 1-0 Coastal 3-A) offensive line that helped the Rams rush for 297 yards on just 24 carries in a 61-23 win over West Carteret.
  • Jace Ruder, a 3-star dual-threat quarterback from Norton, Kan., showed what he can do with his legs, rushing for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns on 10 carries to go along with 89 yards on 9 of 19 passes in a 35-6 win over Colby.
  • Chris Collins, a 3-star defensive end from Richmond, Va., recorded 5 tackles and caught 2 passes for 18 yards in Benedictine’s (4-2, 3-0 VISAA Freelance) 28-9 loss to Georgetown Prep.
  • Bryson Richardson, a 3-star safety from Buford, Ga., recorded 3 tackles as Buford (4-2, 2-0 Region 8 5-A) mauled Johnson 70-0.
  • Trey Morrison, a 3-star athlete out of Norcross, Ga., had an uncharacteristically uninvolved game, getting just 2 touches on 2 carries with 46 rushing yards, as Greater Atlanta Christian (6-1, 3-0 Region 7 3-A) easily handled East Hall 59-0.
  • Javon Terry, a 3-star safety out of Wake Forest, N.C., recorded an interception as Wake Forest (7-0, 1-0 4-A Northern) continued its undefeated march through its schedule with a 42-0 win over Knightdale.
  • DeAndre Hollins, a 3-star corner out of Tampa, Fla., had 4 tackles and 1 interception in a 27-13 loss to Hillsborough.

Updated season stats:

Note: Player statistics will be added as they’re updated. Check back frequently for the most updated statistics for the season. Rows in bold reflect up-to-date stats.

Player Comp. Att. Comp. % Yards TD INT
Jace Ruder 62 113 54.9% 724 7 3
Payton Wilson 6 8 75.0% 58 0 1
Dyami Brown 2 3 66.6% 17 2 0
Player Att. Yards TD
Payton Wilson 32 68 2
Jordyn Adams 6 -15 0
Dyami Brown 24 131 3
Jace Ruder 73 609 10
Trey Morrison 6 95 0
Player Catches Yards TD
Payton Wilson 15 263 4
Jordyn Adams 29 513 5
Dyami Brown 25 364 5
Chris Collins 5 132 1
Trey Morrison 12 176 3
Javon Terry 1 27 0
Player Tackles TFL Sacks INT Defl.
Payton Wilson 82 16 8 1 2
Dyami Brown 13 1 1 0 0
Jace Ruder 24 0 0 4 1
Chris Collins 29 7 3.5 1 1
Bryson Richardson 28 0 0 0 3
Trey Morrison 13 1 1 0 0
Javon Terry 15 1 0 2 4
DeAndre Hollins 5 0 0 1 3

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