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UNC Recruiting: Week of 10/8

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There’s a lot to cover this week in the month before basketball season starts

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UNC’s been flirting with some major players in both basketball and football in the past week. I have no idea what it might mean, but it’s fun to imagine possibilities. Here’s the latest on what UNC has been doing in the recruiting world:

Football:

  • It looks like the UNC coaches might be trying to hit the graduate transfer market again, as Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant will be visiting Chapel Hill this weekend. UNC’s quarterback troubles have been well-documented this season, and Bryant has a record of decent play (certainly much better than the last graduate transfer quarterback UNC brought in) at a top-tier institution.
  • Keep an eye on Sam Howell, the FSU-committed quarterback who everybody thinks isn’t very firm with his commitment despite the number of times he’s said otherwise. Larry Fedora flew his patented helicopter to Howell’s game last weekend and reportedly left a positive impression on him. It could turn into something, it could also not.

UNC Football 2019 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Josh Henderson RB 6'0 200 3 Star 32 Hun School Princeton, NJ
Giovanni Biggers S 6'1 180 3 Star 56 The Boys' Latin School Baltimore, MD
Allen Smith OLB 6'3 205 3 Star 50 Grayson Loganville, GA
Asim Richards OT 6'5 285 3 Star 79 Haverford School Haverford, PA
Kenan Johnson CB 6'1 175 3 Star 90 Lake Minneloa Lake Minneloa, FL
Kamari Morales TE 6'3 232 3 Star 36 Lincoln Tallahassee, FL
Raykwon Anderson CB 5'9 167 3 Star 109 Charlton County Folkston, GA
Storm Duck CB 6'1 180 3 Star 116 Boiling Springs Boiling Springs, SC
Welton Spottsville WR 6'0 195 3 Star 133 Havelock Havelock, NC
Brendan Harrington S 6'1 192 3 Star 102 Northwood Pittsboro, NC
Coleman Reich S 6'0 185 3 Star 123 Ledford Thomasville, NC
Jerrod Means WR 6'3 205 3 Star 206 Lovejoy Hampton, GA
Drew Little LS 5'11 230 2 Star 8 North Stanly New London, NC

Basketball

  • The list of viable UNC wing targets has dwindled from 3 to 1 in the past week, as Josh Green committed to Arizona and Wendell Moore committed to Duke. That leaves UNC with Keion Brooks as a true wing target, plus Boogie Ellis as a point guard who can play off the ball and Matthew Hurt, who is more of a stretch 4.
  • Ellis is visiting this weekend for Late Night With Roy, alongside 2020 commit Day’Ron Sharpe. Moore was supposed to be with them, but with his commitment to Duke, that’s obviously no longer happening. LNWR is a precarious situation to bring a recruit to; some absolutely love it and others don’t care for the intentional cornball-ness of it. We’ll know a bit next week about which side Ellis falls on.
  • We don’t know much about Brooks from a UNC perspective because he hasn’t been down here yet. One thing we do know is that he’s mentioned repeatedly that he was very impressed by Roy Williams bringing his entire staff up to Fort Wayne to watch him play, when he could have come by himself or just sent an assistant. It’s this nugget that makes me a little higher on his chances of coming to UNC than many other outlets are, because he hasn’t yet come to campus and has pretty well-established connections with both Michigan State and Indiana. I’m not saying it’s not a long shot, but I think UNC’s recruiting efforts since offering him have made an impact. He is scheduled to visit Chapel Hill in November alongside Vernon Carey.
  • Keep an eye on Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who is likely to commit in the next couple of months. It’s long been thought that his recruitment is a battle between Kansas and UNC; Kansas being his hometown and parents’ alma mater (his father is Lester Earl) and UNC housing the coach his father played for while at Kansas. Arizona and Villanova are legitimate wild cards, though.

UNC Basketball 2019 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Vernon Carey C 6'10 275 5 Star 2 University School Fort Lauderdale, FL 11/2/2018
Cole Anthony CG 6'3 184 5 Star 3 Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA 9/28/2018
Matthew Hurt PF 6'9 215 5 Star 6 John Marhsall Senior Rochester, MN
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl PF 6'8 235 5 Star 18 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL 9/21/2018
Keion Brooks SF 6'6 186 5 Star 21 La Lumiere School La Porte, IN 11/2/2018
Boogie Ellis CG 6'2 165 4 Star 35 Mission Bay San Diego, CA 10/12/2018

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Jeremy Roach PG 6'2 165 Five-Star 16 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA
Isaiah Todd PF 6'10 195 Five-Star 14 Trinity Academy Raleigh, NC

UNC Basketball 2019 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Armando Bacot C 6-10 240 5 Star 19 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL
Jeremiah Francis PG 6-3 190 3 Star 201 Pickerington Central Pickerington, OH

UNC Basketball 2020 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6-9 220 4 Star 36 South Central Winterville, NC