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UNC Recruiting: Week of 6/25

We had a lot to cover last week. Not so much this time, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing.

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Well, they can’t all be like last week. After a week with a lot of news to recap, this week there’s just about nothing.

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)

Brendon Harrington
Linebacker/Safety
6’1, 192 lbs
Northwood (Pittsboro, NC)
Three-Star (#1,417 National Ranking, #111 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)

(recruits listed in italics are recently committed)

  • We have a new commitment! Brendon Harrington wasn’t really on UNC’s radar about two months ago, by all accounts, but he came to a UNC camp, blew his competition away both athletically and as a football player, and left with a scholarship offer from the UNC coaches. He committed just a few days later.
  • Harrington plays mostly at safety for his high school to take advantage of his range and ball skills, but he has the build and strength to become a very good linebacker. UNC undoubtedly has a linebacker need, so if he can bulk up in the next couple of years, I expect to see him there.
  • Next on commitment watch is offensive lineman John Gelotte from South Carolina, who is reportedly deciding between Duke and UNC this weekend. UNC has been recruiting the offensive line extremely well as of late.

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)

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 italics refers to recent commitments)

  • Sharpe saw action last week in the NBPA Top 100 camp, which includes many players in the class ahead of him. He played good minutes among the nation’s best, which is good to see. As I said last week, expect his rankings to climb soon.
  • The 2019 class’ elites have been slow to do or say much of anything regarding their recruitments, but here’s what we have to go on at the moment: UNC sits in very good position with Bacot and can be considered out of it for Moore and Carey. Out of the others, Hurt is probably the least likely to become a Tar Heel (but it’s not out of the question), and all the others holding UNC offers are giving UNC serious consideration, but don’t have presumed outright leaders one way or the other.
  • I’ve finally remembered to take Josh Nickelberry off the list; he committed to Louisville nearly a month ago. His choosing not-UNC seems to have been just as much UNC’s decision as his own, as UNC apparently decreased their contact with Nickelberry significantly in the month or so before his commitment. Whatever happened to make him change schools twice in 3 years probably didn’t help.