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UNC Recruiting: Week of 6/18

A couple of big-time pickups headlined Larry Fedora’s weekend, and Roy Williams gets his first 2020 commitment

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As we all expected, Larry Fedora’s Freak Show brought with it a bevy of commitments to the Tar Heels from 2019 prospects, and next year’s class, while still not in the shape we’d like it to be, is starting to take form and resemble a typical Fedora class. On the other side of things, Roy Williams’ first 2020 offer took very little time in accepting his offer.

Football

Commitments

2019

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

Storm Duck
Cornerback
6’1, 180 lbs
Boiling Springs (Boiling Springs, SC)
Three-Star (#1,272 National Ranking, #132 Positional)

Josh Henderson
Running Back
6’0, 200 lbs
Hun School (Princeton, NJ)
Three-Star (#484 National Ranking, #28 Positional)

Kenan Johnson
Defensive Back
5’11, 162 lbs
Lake Minneola (Lake Minneola, FL)
Three-Star (#874 National Ranking, #80 Positional)

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

Kamari Morales
Tight End
6’3, 232 lbs
Lincoln (Tallahassee, FL)
Three-Star (#900 National Ranking, #32 Positional)

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

Emery Simmons
Wide Receiver
6’1, 185 lbs
South View (Hope Mills, NC)
Three-Star (#680 National Ranking, #30 Positional)

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

Welton Spottsville
Wide Receiver
6’0, 195 lbs
Havelock (Havelock, NC)
Three-Star (#1,106 National Ranking, #131 Positional)

(information in bold refers to recently committed recruits, and recruits in italics are somewhat recently committed)

  • As you can see, the commitment list has filled out quite a bit this week, and with a pretty nice set of names. Out of UNC’s first 6 commitments, just one was in the Composite Rankings Top 1000. The four who have committed in the last week are all in that range. Their star rankings are the same, but they definitely are elevating the class.
  • To read more about Henderson, Johnson, and Morales, check out the THB articles addressing them here and here, respectively.
  • Simmons flipped his commitment from Indiana, which was his first Power 5 offer, to UNC, citing his wishes for his family to see him play. While he was committed to Indiana, he also received an offer from Penn State, showing that he’s no joke. He has only been playing receiver for a year, but he’s athletic, tough, and should rise in the rankings with another year at the position.
  • Fedora is really loading up in the defensive backfield this cycle; 4 out of 10 commitments so far are defensive backs.
  • North Stanly product and big-time UNC target CJ Clark committed to NC State on Monday.
  • UNC has also lost all 4 quarterback targets it prioritized this summer: Luke McCaffrey to Nebraska, John Rhys Plumlee to Georgia, Maverick McIvor to Texas Tech, and Zach Calzada to Texas A&M. The Heels have also offered Brendon Clark, who holds offers from Notre Dame, Wake Forest, and Clemson, so that’s likely where they’ll focus next.

Basketball

Offers

2019

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

Will Baker
Center
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)

Commitments

2019

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

2020

Day’Ron Sharpe
Power Forward
6’8 220 lbs
South Central (Winterville, NC)
Four-Star (#70 National Ranking)

(information in bold refers to recent commitments)

  • This week’s basketball headline was definitely Sharpe’s commitment on Father’s Day, which is sure to have been a nice gift to a father who is a longtime UNC fan. Sharpe is currently ranked #70 in the 247 Composite, but that is sure to rise in the time before he enrolls in college. 247’s rankings have him at 47, and while Rivals has him currently at #90, according to this article, he should be moving into their top 50 soon.
  • It’s also a nice little detail that NC State writers had just reported that Sharpe was “taking it slow” right before his commitment.
  • Don’t expect too much action otherwise on the basketball recruiting front for a couple of weeks. July is Roy Williams’ peak evaluation month, so that’s likely when we’ll have some news for you.