As the thermometer rises and the summer days pass by on the calendar, the movie industry and the lives of those making up a college football coaching staff face similar yearly markers.
The summertime is typically where Hollywood makes its money and churns out blockbuster hits. By comparison, so do college coaches.
Instead of courting actors and actresses to star in movies, coaches produce commitments from top high school football players. The UNC coaching staff has been putting together quite an ensemble over the last few weeks.
As the leaves start to change and autumn takes over, eventually transitioning into fall, films and football teams begin to show off their more polished products and the real winners and losers begin to separate themselves as they chase the ultimate prize.
Just like in Hollywood, February is where it all officially wraps up and everybody knows what the fruits of their labor over the past 12 months has actually produced.
With that, let's take a look at how UNC football's 2014 recruiting class is shaping up as we head toward February's National Signing Day, with the help from another big event that typically happens right around that time, The Academy Awards.
Here are the nominees.
Larry Fedora spent a few years as the head coach at Southern Miss before taking over in Chapel Hill.
His knowledge of that area and its fertile recruiting grounds has been evident thus far in his tenure as the Tar Heels head man.
His staff has pulled out four verbal commitments from Georgia in 2014 from Caleb Samuel, Allen Artis, Cameron Albright and Ayden Bonilla.
That follows up three commitments from the Peach State in 2013.
Fedora's coaching staff has also been pretty successful in mining another traditional SEC recruiting territory in Florida.
They've gotten verbals from Josh Allen, D'Ernest Johnson and Tajze Battle in the current class and picked up Lucas Crowley and Marquis Haynes in last year's Sunshine State haul.
While Fedora is certainly a nominee in this category, another man must also be mentioned.
That person is recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach Walt Bell.
Bell brings a youthful, energetic approach, much like his boss, that has proven popular with the high school talent that has interacted with him.
Top players, even those that didn't eventually commit to UNC, have raved about the enthusiasm this coaching staff brings to the recruiting process.
AS UNC finishes up the last legs of its restrictions on scholarship allotments after this year, it should be interesting to note what the staff is able to accomplish with all of its resources at its disposal.
Best Costume Design
During The Rivals Camp Series in Charlotte this past April, camp participants were given a fairly standard uniform.
From head-to-toe, players were decked out in Under Armour gear with everything from jerseys, shorts, headbands, gloves, cleats and socks bearing the famous logo.
But Charlotte defensive end Robert Dinkins bucked the trend that day and wore his own snazzy UNC Tar Heel's socks throughout the camp.
His footwear garnered some comments from onlookers about his apparent loyalty to Carolina Blue, which should have been obvious when he was one of UNC's first commitments in the 2014 class.
Dinkins has been relatively quiet since committing but spoke to Tar Heel Illustrated in February where he said that he keeps in touch with the coaching staff on a near weekly basis and that nothing could shake his pledge to UNC.
Best Original Song
"Everywhere we go
If you've ever seen "Remember the Titans" you know where those lyrics eventually lead.
T.C. Williams integrated their hallways and football team in the 1970's and the story made it to the big screen and inspired millions. The same school has now produced two quality football players that will be joining UNC.
Jeremiah Clarke and Malik Carney committed within weeks of each other and will continue their teammate mantra when they reach the collegiate level.
Clarke is a versatile defensive lineman who will most likely play on the interior while Carney is an outside linebacker that possesses the athletic prowess to play in space, an essential element in UNC's 4-2-5 system.
Another nomination for this category is fellow linebacker Cayson Collins.
Collins hails from the Charolotte area and could be seen singing along with the UNC fight song as it played on the jumbotron after the Fedora's Freak Show event a couple weeks ago.
"I took it upon myself to learn it. I didn't want to be one of the freshmen coming in that didn't know the alma mater," said Collins.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Every great offense needs great offensive lineman.
While UNC waits on Rivals250 prospect Bentley Spain to make his decision, they have already gotten a verbal from Florida's Josh Allen.
Allen will look to follow in the footsteps of recent first round NFL draft pick Jonathan Cooper. Cooper anchored the interior of UNC's line last year and allowed fellow
draftee Giovanni Bernard to flourish.
Allen will look to pave the way for another Floridian, running back D'Ernest Johnson, who will be coming to UNC in the same 2014 class.
He'll also look to lend a protective hand to four-star quarterback Caleb Henderson. Henderson is ranked as the fourth best quarterback in the nation and it will be up to Allen to help keep him upright.
A cinematographer, for those unfamiliar with technical movie terms and roles, is responsible for the artistic imagery of a movie.
In Layman's Terms, he's responsible for making the stuff look good and pretty.
Coach Gunter Brewer is the receivers coach and passing game coordinator at UNC.
As such he also plays a major hand in recruiting the future Tar Heel pass catchers.
UNC hasn't landed a wide receiver yet in this class but they have their eye on quite a few.
At the top of the list is Trevion Thompson and Josh Cabrera who were both present at Fedora's Freak Show. Also present at the event with an offer from UNC was Devin Perry.
If Brewer is able to add just one of those guys to his receiver corps he will have added a large target to a passing playbook that features some complex and fun to watch routes.
Thompson recently revealed his top six schools, a list which included UNC, but has indicated in past interviews that he intends to take as much time as possible to make a decision. He probably won't commit before signing day and he remains UNC's prized target at the position.
Cabrera was seen on campus at a couple of basketball games during the winter and has expressed an appeal to UNC's pass-happy system.
A wild-card in this category is Noah Brown. Brown is listed as an athlete and could see time at both receiver and running back on the next level. He projects as a Percy Harvin or Tavon Austin type player who will get a lot of touches in a variety of ways.
Adding Brown to the offense will certainly add some pizazz to Brewer's offensive artistry.
We mentioned future Tar Heel quarterback Caleb Henderson earlier and as anybody that knows football understands his position, quarterback, is the most visible and forefront position on a football team.
As the future front man for UNC's team and offense, Henderson is clearly a big commitment for the UNC staff to have picked up.
Henderson is a highly ranked quarterback from Virginia who admitted earlier that he didn't seriously consider UNC until the coaching staff put the full-court press on him.
Then he fell in love with the school.
Now he's admitted he's not above picking up his cell phone and texting fellow recruits that haven't made their decision about the appeal UNC had to him and how it could be the school for them.
Henderson will have a tough act to follow.
Current quarterback Bryn Renner has been a starter ever since he stepped foot on campus and will have one more season to re-write the UNC passing record books.
He excelled in Fedora's system last year and will only be more comfortable in it this year.
Henderson is a perfect fit for the spread offense and has excellent trigger skills.
His main goal is to take over the starting job once he enters the competition and then worry about how many records he can write his name over.
But the coaching staff and fans have been excited about his impending arrival and for good reason.
He's the real deal.
The 2014 class already has 16 total verbal commitments.
The best picture and end result for the coaching staff is if nobody has a change of heart and their able to fill the remaining four available scholarships with their most sought after players still available.
Those players have to be Noah Brown, Bentley Spain, Trevion Thompson and Tyrell Tomlin.
It was rumored that Tomlin, a three-star linebacker from Georgia, was going to make his decision earlier this week.
But he decided to delay his decision and it is likely he'll make his announcement in July as previously reported.
Tomlin would likely be the last linebacker UNC takes in this year's class.
If Tomlin doesn't pick UNC (he has N.C. State and Tennessee listed as his other options), UNC would likely shift its focus towards a guy like Isaac Stewart from Charlotte.
Spain and Thompson are critical because they represent an opportunity for UNC to land a top in-state talent, something they missed out on when Elijah Hood opted for Notre Dame instead of the Tar Heels.
Spain has a trip to Stanford to make before announcing and Thompson, as mentioned above, is in no hurry at this moment.
Brown visited Chapel Hill in the spring and said that was one of the main factors their still in the running. He got a chance to meet with coaches Keith Gilmore and Brewer and likes the educational aspect UNC brings to the table.
He is still considering a wide range of schools including USC, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Michigan State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.
He has no timetable for when he will make his decision.
If UNC could land all four of those players that would be the best picture/scenario to end their recruiting cycle for this go-around. They have some excellent back-up options and should be closing in on a solid class of players when it's all said and done.
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