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UNC Recruiting: Week of 5/14

The Wolfpack feasts on UNC’s scraps, and Vernon Carey Jr. announces his top five.

Davidson v Kentucky Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The recruiting trail for football and basketball was mostly quiet up until the beginning of this week. An Ohio State Buckeye transfer is rumored to be planning a visit to UNC, a former Wildcat has figured out where he is attending school in the fall, and one of the hottest prospects in the country for the 2019 recruiting class announced his top five list last night. Let’s go ahead and dive right into this week’s recruiting news.




Giovanni Biggers**
6’1, 180 lbs
The Boys Latin School (Baltimore, MD)
Three-Star (#591 National Ranking, #43 Positional)

Drew Little
Deep Snapper
5’11, 230 lbs
North Stanly (New London, NC)
Two-Star (#2,061 National Ranking, #2 Positional)

Coleman Reich
6’0, 185 lbs
Ledford (Thomasville, NC)
Three-Star (#1,269 National Ranking, #100 Positional)

Allen Smith
6’3, 205 lbs
Grayson (Loganville, GA)
Three-Star (#1,237 National Ranking, #102 Positional)

**Bold represents a new commit

Recruiting Notes

  • The watch continues to see if Ohio State transfer Joe Burrow decides to take a visit to UNC. Sean Callahan of Husker Online said that the quarterback will make a visit but has since slightly walked back his statement, and that an announcement should come out by the end of this week. Burrow is a three-year graduate, and will thus be eligible to play immediately once he arrives on campus. Due to a redshirt year, Burrow has two years of eligibility remaining.
  • Local four-star recruit J.R. Walker announced his top five list via twitter, with all three Triangle schools making the cut. Walker has spent time all over the field, playing as a running back, quarterback, and defensive back during his high school career. He’s believed to play as a defensive back in college, but his versatility should be useful for whichever team manages to lock him down.




Armando Bacot
6’10, 240 lbs
Trinity Episcopal School (Richmond, VA)
Five-Star (#21 National Ranking)

Will Baker
6’9, 220 lbs
Westlake (Austin, TX)
Five Star (#17 National Ranking)

Keion Brooks
Small Forward
6’8, 185 lbs
North Side (Fort Wayne, IN)
Five Star (#27 National Ranking)

Vernon Carey Jr.
Power Forward
6’9, 245 lbs
University School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Five-Star (#2 National Ranking)

Matthew Hurt
Power Forward
6’9, 199 lbs
John Marshall Senior (Rochester, MN)
Five-Star (#4 National Ranking)

Wendell Moore
Small Forward
6’5, 210 lbs
Cox Mill (Concord, NC)
Five-Star (#24 National Ranking)

Josh Nickelberry
Shooting Guard
6’4 175 lbs
Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, NC)
Four-Star (#53 National Rank)

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Power Forward
6’9, 235 lbs
Bishop Miege (Mission, KS)
Five-Star (#26 National Ranking)


Day’Ron Sharpe
Power Forward
6’8 220 lbs
South Central (Winterville, NC)



Jeremiah Francis
Point Guard
6’3, 190 lbs
Pickerington Central (Pickerington, OH)
Four-Star (#51 National Ranking)

Recruiting Notes

  • On Tuesday, Kentucky Wildcats transfer Sacha Killeya-Jones announced that he will be playing for NC State during the 2019-20 season. Reports state that UNC backed out of recruiting SKJ over this past weekend, with many people believing that it was due to academic issues. There’s a significant amount of irony here, but nonetheless, that will be one less scholarship spoken for when figuring out how many potential recruits the Heels can attain for the 2019-20 season.
  • Last night, 2019 five-star prospect Vernon Carey Jr. announced the top five schools he’s considering via Twitter. Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Michigan State, and Miami all made the final cut. Carey is a 6’9 power forward from Fort Lauderdale, FL and is the 2nd best player in the country according to 247 Sports’ composite ranking. Duke currently leads in the 247 Sports Crystal Ball predictions, but it’s worth noting that former assistant coach Jeff Capel was the one primarily involved in his recruiting process. We’ll see if Roy Williams’ staff can interject and win over a top prospect for the second year in a row.