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:
- 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.
After talks with my parents and coaches ive decided to committ to UNC Tarheels @CoachFedora @UNCCoachThig @UNCCoachG @SWiltfong247 @langstonwertzjr @JoeLHughesII @RivalsFriedman @DonCallahanIC @NCPreps @mburris74 @CoachDubb80 @HawkMgmt @RivalsWoody pic.twitter.com/3bBWUiT8rU— Elijah Burris (@Elijah_Burris_5) October 29, 2018
UNC Football 2019 Commits
|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
|Elijah Burris||Running back||5'10||210 lbs||3-star||56||Mountain Island Charter||Mount Holly, NC|
- 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
|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
|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
|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
|Day'Ron Sharpe||C||6-9||220||4 Star||36||South Central||Winterville, NC|