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CALLING ALL FREAKS! A Fedora’s Freak Show Preview

The biggest day in Carolina’s annual recruiting cycle is upon us.

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The most exciting day of the year for Carolina recruiting nerds is upon us tomorrow— Fedora’s Freak Show, an invitation-only camp of predominately high-on-the-list targets, takes place under the lights at Kenan Stadium on Saturday night.

On average, the Heels are pulling anywhere from 3-5 commits at this event, which started in 2012.

Can they add to the Freak Show’s legacy this year?

UNC Commits in Attendance

With the commitment of New Jersey running back Josh Henderson on Thursday, the Heels have some momentum coming into FFS— three new commits in the past week. Carolina’s verbal commitments will serve as recruiters at this event, and all are likely to be in attendance. With three defensive backs and a long-snapper committed in this class, hopefully their recruiting efforts are focused on other position groups.

Commitment Watch?

I say this with no inside information, but here is a non-exhaustive list of guys I wouldn’t be surprised to see on the commit list come Sunday:

  • QB John Rhys Plumlee: the Mississippi native just visited Carolina three weeks ago, and named the Heels one of, if not THE leader. His attendance may solidify the Heels’ position. The 4-star is ranked 350 overall in the class of 2019 by 247.
  • WR Emery Simmons: the current Indiana commitment may be rethinking that stance given recent offers. Like Welton Spottsville, he’s a little raw, but is a physical freak of nature. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him flip.
  • OT Triston Miller: the Charlotte native has Crystal Ball projections all over the board, from Arkansas to Wake to UNC. A 3-star recruit, he could be the first shoe to drop in a murky offensive line recruiting board.
  • CB Shyheim Battle: long a subject of the Heels’ interest per Don Callahan on the Inside Carolina podcast, the 6’2 corner would give the Heels a nice pair of rangy bookend corners in the class of 2019.
  • LB Jaylon Sharpe: the Charlotte linebacker is the nation’s 36th-ranked ILB. This is completely a gut feeiling.
  • DE Christian Rorie: speaking of gut feelings, the Raleigh native’s Crystal Balls are for State and Duke. I’m banking on him being smarter than that.

Again, I know nothing, and just hope the Heels can secure a couple of names from this list to continue filling positions on the 2019 class depth chart.

Big Names on Campus

These guys will surely draw some extra attention from the coaching staff. Any commitment from someone on this list would immediately be the headliner of the class.

  • Demarkcus Bowman, RB, Lakeland FL: He’s somehow not ranked at his position, but as a .9746 on the 247 composite, he will likely land as a top 75-100 player in the class. Currently, Ohio State, Miami, and Georgia split his Crystal Balls.
  • C.J. Clark, DT, New London, NC: The 4-star DT is projected to commit to Georgia within the month, but repeated visits to Carolina make one wonder if the home state pull won’t bring him into the fold. His teammate Drew Little is a 2019 commit, and he played in high school with UNC transfer RB Antonio Williams.
  • Donavon Greene, WR, Mt. Airy, NC: He recently decommitted from Duke, and is the 8th-ranked player in the state. He would be a great get.
  • William Harrod, OT, Ft. Washington, MD: The nation’s 33rd-ranked OL, he is a 4-star ranked #294 overall in the class. Hopefully he rides down with UNC commit Giovanni Biggers.
  • Joshua Harris, DT, Roxboro, NC: With Clark likely going to Georgia, another in-state elite DT would qualify as a “must-get” in this class. He’s the nations 15th-ranked interior DL.
  • J.R. Walker, S, Elizabeth City, NC: He’s a big State lean, but the nation’s 299th-ranked player hopefully sees the light under the lights.
  • Darnell Wright, OT, Huntington, WV: The nation’s #1 offensive tackle is on campus. Ranked #5 overall in the class, he has a Carolina connection: Heels OL Billy Ross was his high school teammate. He took a weekend visit to the Hill in the spring, so getting him back on campus is HUGE. He’ll be tough to pull from home-state West Virginia, or the Ohio States and Alabamas of the world, but, hey...he’s coming.
  • Keon Zipperer, TE, Lakeland, FL: A teammate of Bowman, Zipperer (let’s go ahead and book him to the all-name team) is the 3rd best tight end in the class. Whereas the Heels haven’t taken a tight end in two years, Zipperer would be a massive get.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there are some highly-touted 2020 prospects coming to campus as well. Let’s hope the Heels can kick the recruiting class into high gear.