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UNC Recruiting: Week of 7/22

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Cole Anthony continues to be secretive, while two other prospects prepare to announce their top-five lists.

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This week has been a pretty slow news cycle, as one would expect for the end of July. Football news is virtually non-existent, while on the basketball side of things, the five-day evaluation period begins soon and so we can expect a few bits of news to pop up in the coming days. We have, however, heard that two 2019 prospects will be announcing their top five schools very soon. With that said, let’s dive right in.

Football

Commitments

2019

Raekwon Anderson

Wide Receiver

5’9, 167 lbs

Charlton County (Folkston, GA)

Three-Star (#1,172 National Ranking)

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 bold are recently commited, while those in italics are somewhat recently committed)

  • Ever since the commitment by three-star WR Raekwon Anderson last week, the recruitment news for Larry Fedora & Co. has been essentially non-existent. There was, however, a video released by the UNC Football twitter page of the team partaking in yet-another internet challenge that was created following the release of Drake’s album, Scorpion:

If some of you are like me, you have probably gotten very tired of hearing this song, seeing people make hearts with their hands, and seeing people jump out of moving cars to dance? I mean, that cannot be even a little safe. However, seeing any Tar Heels team do these challenges warms my heart. If you didn’t crack a smile watching K.J. Sails be K.J. Sails, you may need to make sure you’re still alive.

Basketball

Offers

2019

Cole Anthony

Combo Guard

6’3, 184 lbs

Archbishop Molloy (New York, NY)

Five-Star (#3 National Ranking)

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

IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)

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)

  • Five-star guard Cole Anthony is earning more and more attention by the day from recruiting analysts, as well as those of us who cover UNC athletics. Maybe that’s because Anthony has become one of the most intriguing prospects in the country by not only elevating his level of play and climbing the rankings, but also by not saying a word about where he will be attending school, who is in the running, or who he has talked to. As far as UNC goes, we don’t even know if he holds a scholarship offer from Roy Williams yet (but as our own Akil Guruparan pointed out last week, some are under the assumption that he does). Anthony told Tar Heel Illustrated that he hasn’t even been paying attention to who is saying what, and that he is just on the court trying to win. His recruitment story is going to be a fun one to follow.
  • Earlier this week, I mentioned that five-star 2019 prospect Armando Bacot was planning to narrow down his list of schools down to five next month. It appears, however, that he is not alone. Fellow five-star Keion Brooks also plans to name his top five next month, and expects to start making his official visits this fall. Brooks stated that he has UNC in mind for an official visit, along with Kentucky, UCLA, Indiana, and Michigan State. One would imagine that this is his top-five list and that he has just not officially announced it yet, but we will have to wait a few weeks to see if this is truly the case.