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UNC Recruiting: Week of 7/1

A more pessimistic outlook at the football class of 2019 is beginning to take shape

NCAA Football: Pittsburgh at North Carolina Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

This week was, unfortunately, more notable for what didn’t happen for UNC than it was for what did. Particularly on the football side, although Larry Fedora and his staff have landed a few high-ish profile recruits, he’s also sustained a lot of misses over the past few weeks, and they’re more prominent this week because of the lack of positive news to balance them out. We might take a closer look at this later, but for now, let’s just take a look at where we’re at:

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)

  • Defensive lineman Christian Rorie and offensive lineman John Gelotte both chose Duke over UNC in the past week. Neither is a particularly highly-ranked recruit, but the staff coveted both and now both are headed down to the dark side of Tobacco Road.
  • Quarterback target Brendon Clark committed to Notre Dame. This is a very weak quarterback class, so if there was ever a year to skip taking a signal-caller, it’s this one. It’s unfortunate for the staff to lose so many of the guys they wanted at the position, but the position is in decent shape in terms of youth, with all 4 top quarterbacks on the roster expected to be on the team in 2019.

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
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)

(information in italics refers to recent commitments)

  • Eagle-eyed readers will note that Jeremiah Robinson-Earl’s high school and city have changed to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The small forward will play his senior season there, which can only be a good thing for UNC in the fight against Kansas for his services. Florida has been kind to Roy Williams recently...