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Which schools recruit North Carolina the best?

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (left) and UNC coach Larry Fedora
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney (left) and UNC coach Larry Fedora
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Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and a few others are the usual suspects when people think about fertile recruiting ground for college football programs. North Carolina is often overlooked as a recruiting hotbed, but some of the best programs in the country consistently scour the state for the stars of tomorrow. Check out which teams have recruited North Carolina the best since 2010.

1. NORTH CAROLINA

UNC coach Larry Fedora
UNC coach Larry Fedora
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Signed: Total of 50 players from North Carolina and 17 players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Five-star Elijah Hood (2014), four-star Jalen Dalton (2015), four-star TJ Logan (2013)

Overview: Every team needs to recruit its home state with success and the Tar Heels have definitely done that. Hood is the lone five-star in that group and he has had a tremendous start to his career in Chapel Hill. Logan, Hood’s running mate in the backfield, was a massive addition for the Tar Heels at the time but his production hasn’t taken off like many thought it would. The arrival of Gene Chizik as defensive coordinator has fans expecting an improved performance on the defensive side of the ball and Dalton should help North Carolina reach those expectations.

2. CLEMSON

Dexter Lawrence
Dexter Lawrence
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Signed: Total of 23 players from North Carolina and 11 players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Five-star Stephone Anthony (2011), five-star Dexter Lawrence (2016), four-star Cornell Powell (2016)

Overview: Is anyone shocked that the Tigers do a great job in North Carolina? Clemson’s steadily rising success as a program has really helped it with the best the state of North Carolina has to offer. Anthony, who just finished his rookie year with the New Orleans Saints after being drafted in the first round, was an exceptional linebacker in high school and helped take Clemson’s defense to the next level. Clemson’s recruiting class finished No. 6 overall in the 2016 team rankings in large part because of Lawrence and Powell. Both are expected to see the field this season and should have great careers in Death Valley.

3. N.C. STATE

Kentavius Street
Kentavius Street
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Signed: Total of 51 players from North Carolina and 10 players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Five-star Robert Crisp (2010), four-star Kentavius Street (2014), four-star Nyheim Hines (2015)

Overview: The Wolfpack may not have had as much success on the field as either of the first two teams on this list, but they know how to recruit some of the top players in their state. Crisp, rated as the No. 2 offensive tackle after his senior season, was as dominant as they come in high school. He had a great start to his career in Raleigh but it was derailed by injuries during his junior and senior seasons. One of the more physically mature players in the 2014 class, Street has had a pretty good career at N.C. State. He moved to defensive tackle this spring and has been one of the most important players on a good defensive front. Hines put up big numbers in high school despite being one of the smaller four-star running backs. His speed immediately helped N.C. State and he will likely see an expanded role this season.

4. SOUTH CAROLINA

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Signed: Total of 12 players from North Carolina and five players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Four-star Larenz Bryant (2013), four-star Pharoh Cooper (2013), four-star Connor Mitch (2013).

Overview: The Gamecocks were coming off their most successful run in school history and signed some impressive prospects. Needless to say, Cooper was the best addition in this group. Dominating the competition at Havelock High School, he had a very impressive showing at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and was elevated to four-star status. Bryant wasn’t the most physically gifted player in high school but had a lot of success as a running back and linebacker. He has yet to hit his stride in Columbia. Mitch seemed like he was becoming more reliable at quarterback but was injured and has since decided to graduate and transfer.

5. (TIE) GEORGIA, NOTRE DAME, TENNESSEE

Todd Gurley
Todd Gurley
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Georgia

Signed: Total of six players from North Carolina and four players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Four-star Todd Gurley (2012), four-star Jeb Blazevich (2014), four-star Keith Marshall (2012)

Overview: The Bulldogs had a great year in the Tar Heel State in 2012 by signing Gurley, a future NFL first round draft pick, and Marshall. They were two of the top four prospects in the state at the time and were heavily recruited by the in-state and national powers. Blazevich was also recruited by many of the national powerhouses but ended up choosing Georgia over Ole Miss and Clemson. He's had to fight through injuries during his career and has some serious competition now with former five-star Isaac Nauta on campus.

Notre Dame

Signed: Total of seven players from North Carolina and four players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Four-star Prince Shembo (2010), four-star Kendall Moore (2010), four-star Ben Councell (2011)

Overview: The Fighting Irish have landed some highly rated prospects from North Carolina but their impact in South Bend has been underwhelming. Shembo had a good collegiate career but legal troubles ended it after his rookie year with the Atlanta Falcons. Moore was one of the players that was suspended for the recent academic scandal and he left the program in 2014. Councell never started a game during his career at ND.

Tennessee

Signed: Total of eight players from North Carolina and four players rated at least four-stars since 2010.

Notable signees: Four-star Marquez North (2013), four-star Shy Tuttle (2015), four-star Derrell Scott (2014)

Overview: The major commitments from North Carolina for Tennessee have all come since 2013. North was a huge addition and had a lot of success in Knoxville. He helped pave the way for Scott. He didn’t have the success he was hoping for and has transferred to East Carolina. Both were highly sought after in high school and were considered two of the top playmakers in the country. Tuttle was off to a great start when he arrived on campus but broke his fibula in October of his freshman season.