Heel Tough Blog: Weekly Storylines- February 22nd

After a couple of quiet weeks around the Tar Heel football program, things have begun to pick up once again as we close in on the beginning of spring practice, which sits just under a month away now. Here are the storylines you may have missed this week surrounding Tar Heel football.


Rick Sammons- MaxPreps

2021 4PRO Drake Maye’s Commitment Might Be Wavering

One of the Tar Heels biggest targets in the 2021 class may be back in play sooner rather than later. Rumors have been circulating that Carolina legacy and the No. 6 PRO Drake Maye is closing in on a decision to decommit from Alabama, the school he committed to last summer. The rising senior threw for 3,512 yards, 50 touchdowns and just two interceptions, helping lead Myers Park to the state quarterfinals and earned Southwestern 4A Conference Offensive player of the Year and MaxPreps Player of the Year in the state of North Carolina, as well as first team All-Observer honors in the Charlotte area. Maye was on campus this past Monday night to support his brother, former basketball star Luke, who was honored for his historic career at Carolina. With all of the ties to the Tar Heels and the success that Phil Longo’s offense is already having, they would immediately become one of the favorites to land his services if and when he decommits from the Crimson Tide.


@colby_doreen23- Twitter

2020 TE Colby Doreen Commits as a PWO

The Tar Heels added a key preferred walk-on on Thursday. Doreen will be a nice edition at tight end, where the Tar Heels are thin on depth with all that departed in the offseason. As a senior, Doreen was a key part of Middletown High School’s offense, defense and special teams as he handled tight end, defensive end and long snapper duties for a team that made a run to a 2A state championship title. He earned first team defensive All-County honors as a senior this past year. Doreen projected to join senior walk-on tight end Don Samson at tight end when he arrives to Carolina this fall, but he has the ability to play on the defensive side of the football if need be, making him a nice addition to this 2020 preferred walk-on class.


Jimmy Lewis- The Wake Weekly

2021 4SDE Keeshawn Silver Sets Top 15

Silver announced that he was ready to narrow down his decision a few weeks ago and made his list official at midnight on Friday morning. The No. 11 strongside defensive end in the 2021 class, has been a frequent visitor to campus over the past year and placed the Tar Heels solidly inside his top 15 schools. There was some thought that Silver would have a small list of top schools, but the list consisting of fifteen schools seems to signify that Silver is still a ways away from any official decision.


Chris Seward- AP Photo

Dazz Newsome Lands Huge Praise from Bleacher Report

Quarterback Sam Howell has been receiving a bulk of the attention so far early in the offseason by national outlets, but on Thursday, it was time for one of his wide receivers to get some love. In an article written by Bleacher Report’s Brad Shepard, Newsome was named the top wide receiver star for the 2020 season. As a junior this past season, Newsome caught 72 passes for 1,018 yards and ten touchdowns. Newsome is expected to start and play a big role in his final season on campus in 2020 for a Tar Heel offense that has the makings of one of the most dynamic in college football this season.