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Early Commit: Receiver Tyler Smith to North Carolina

North Carolina is rolling on the field with a seven game win streak, and that momentum is carrying over on the recruiting trail. Less than a month after picking ESPN Junior 300 offensive guard Jonah Melton, the Tar Heels have struck again reeling in Peach State receiver Tyler Smith out of Atlanta-area powerhouse McEachern High.

Significance of impact: North Carolina is making the most of a seven-game winning streak, especially in the vital recruiting state of Georgia. Larry Fedora and his staff have six commitments out of the Peach State in the 2016 class, and now have a first in 2017 and Smith is a big one. North Carolina beating out Georgia, Michigan, Miami, Kentucky and a number of others is another sign of the momentum having carried over to the recruiting trail with this season’s improvement with a 10-win regular season in sight.

What he brings: Smith, No. 209 in the ESPN Junior 300, brings versatility to the Tar Heels receiver corps with the ability to play in the slot or outside. Smooth and natural route runner that changers direction without gearing down, and is quick in and out of breaks. Despite being 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds, the Atlanta-area receiver doesn’t shy away from going over the middle and extending for the ball knowing there will be timed contact.