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UNC Recruiting: Week of 10/29

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Football lands a 2020 commitment in the middle of some uncertainty, and fall basketball recruiting is winding down

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This week was a big one for UNC recruiting. Football received a commitment from one of the top in-state players for the first time in what seems like forever, and a couple of basketball recruiting pictures started to wind down and/or solidify. Let’s roll:

Football:

  • With little comparative preamble, 2020 running back Elijah Burris committed to the Tar Heels on Monday. Burris isn’t rated on all services, but 247 has him as a solid 3-star guy: 10th best player in the state, 56th at his position, and 682nd overall player in the country. UNC was his only scholarship offer when he committed, but he’s drawn interest from schools such as Ohio State, Purdue, Nebraska, and Wisconsin.

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

UNC Football 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Elijah Burris Running back 5'10 210 lbs 3-star 56 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC

Basketball

  • We reported last week that Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had eliminated the Tar Heels from his list. Earlier this week, he committed to Villanova, eschewing both schools that had at one point been considered the only contenders for him. Recruiting is weird.
  • Boogie Ellis is just about done with his recruitment. He’s taken all his visits, doesn’t seem to have any in-homes or coaches’ visits lined up, released his top 5 on Tuesday (no surprises: UNC, Duke, Memphis, USC, and San Diego State) and has an announcement date set for Friday, November 9. After originally looking like he’d stay on the West Coast, it’s all but certain now that Ellis is crossing the country for college, though it’s anybody’s guess as to whether UNC, Duke, or Memphis will be his destination. Evan Daniels shared last week that he believes Ellis will choose between Duke and Memphis, but based on other parts of the Internet, UNC has a legitimate shot as well.
  • Keion Brooks and Vernon Carey will come to UNC’s campus this weekend for what will likely be UNC’s last official visit of the fall. It seems all but official that Carey won’t come to UNC, especially after the commitment of Armando Bacot, but Brooks is another story. I’ve been saying for weeks that UNC has more of a shot than the Big 12-focused press around him has been indicating, and if his social media is any indication, UNC’s efforts in making it up to La Lumiere on several different occasions have really impressed him. I think this official visit could do a lot for him. It’s not a guarantee, or even more likely than not, that he chooses UNC, but they have a puncher’s chance at him.
  • Cole Anthony, meanwhile, just cut his list to 6, as detailed in this article from earlier this week. His list is surprising and not surprising at the same time for those who have followed his recruitment: He’d been linked to these schools more so than the usual big players for sure, but for a guy who has repeatedly said his primary goal in choosing a college is going somewhere he can win a national championship, you’d think some of the schools on his list would have more recent success than they do. With the combination of recent tournament success, proven coaching, a familiar face in his class, and buzz on the internet, it’s hard not to imagine that UNC is in the driver’s seat on this one, though it’s far from a done deal and he’s definitely not going to commit until spring.

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
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 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 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 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