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North Carolina beats out Georgia, Ohio State, Texas A&M for five-star CB Tony Grimes

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Mack Brown and North Carolina are killing it on the football recruiting trail.  Still.

In late May, Virginia high schooler Tony Grimes used a video posted on Twitter to reveal his Final Four potential destinations.  And those four potential landing spots?  Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

At the time, Grimes stated he wouldn’t make a decision until Dec. 1.  Earlier this month, however, the touted 2021 football recruit announced an expedited timeline for a revelation.  As in, June 30.  Today.

And his decision?  North Carolina football, as seen on 247Sports.com‘s YouTube channel.

Grimes is a five-star recruit in the next cycle according to the 247Sports.com composite.  He’s the top-rated cornerback in the country.  And in his home state of Virginia, regardless of position.  On that same composite, he’s the No. 7 prospect in the country overall.

North Carolina football currently holds the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. This century, UNC has never had a Top-Five recruiting class. Their highest-ranked class in that span was 10th in 2007, the first year under Butch Davis. The Tar Heels have had five other classes that were Top 20 — 2020 (19th), 2018 (20th), 2011 (18th), 2009 (12th) and 2003 (18th).

Brown, of course, is no stranger to highly-rated recruiting classes. His last 14 years as the head coach at Texas, the Longhorns finished in the Top 10 on 10 different occasions. Included among that was the top-ranked class in 2002. Brown also pulled in the No. 2 classes in 2010 and 2012.

All told, Brown had five Top-Five classes during his time in Austin.

Ex-Maryland QB Max Bortenschlager is headed to FIU

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If need be, FIU will have an experienced option on its football roster to replace its standout starting quarterback.

In late January, Max Bortenschlager opted to leave Maryland and continue his playing career elsewhere. Tuesday, it was reported by SB Nation that elsewhere will be FIU football.  As a graduate transfer, Bortenschlager will be eligible to play immediately for Florida International in 2020.

Bortenschlager was a three-star member of the Class of 2016 for the Terrapins.  In 2017, Bortenschlager started eight games for the Terps.  All told, he started nine games during his time in College Park.

During that time, Bortenschlager completed 51.5 percent of his 266 passes for 1,522 yards, 11 touchdown and five interceptions.  He also carried the ball 84 times for minus-14 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.

Bortenschlager was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection.  Because injuries cost him most of the past two seasons, Bortenschlager has already been granted a sixth season of eligibility.  That means he can play in 2021 as well.

FIU’s talented starting quarterback, James Morgan, was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.  Bortenschlager will compete with Caleb Lynum, Stone Norton and Kaylan Wiggins for the starting job.  Wiggins is the only one of the three to attempt a pass at this level, completed 15 of his 27 attempts for 172 yards.  He was also third on the team in rushing with 323 yards on the ground.

FIU is coming off a 6-7 2019 football campaign.  Included in that was an upset of Miami in late November 30-24, the Panthers’ first-ever win over the Hurricanes.

And the Panthers’ head coach? Former Hurricanes’ coach Butch Davis.

(My sincere apologies to Eric Davis of SB Nation.  In the original post, I had inadvertently failed to credit his scoop with a link.  Again, my apologies Eric.)