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UNC Recruiting: Week of 9/24

Could Fedora really be in position to make Howell or Clark decommit and join his Freak Show?

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This week overall was a slow news week, but there are a few developments that are worth keeping an eye on. Let’s take a look at what has been going on in this week’s recruiting update.

Football News

  • Things were very quiet on the football side for things for a while now, but that all changed Saturday. During the UNC / Pitt game, a number of recruits visited Chapel Hill to and got to experience a live game, including a couple of surprise visitors. FSU commit and four-star quarterback Sam Howell (Monroe, NC) was in attendance along with NC State commit and four-star defensive tackle C.J. Clark (New London, NC), as reported by Inside Carolina during their State of UNC Football Podcast.
  • When looking at Sam Howell’s situation, it is an interesting yet complicated one. Howell has stated that he is firmly committed to FSU, and yet it sounds like he is still involved with other schools. The reason for this is unknown, but there is at least somewhat of a chance that if UNC plays their cards right, they may be able to get him to decide to play football in-state.
  • C.J. Clark’s situation is a bit more messy than Howell’s situation, whether he intended for that to happen or not. It was reported that he did not inform NC State personnel that he would be visiting UNC this past weekend. It will be worth keeping an eye on how State responds to the situation going forward, but Clark is also doubling down on the fact that he is committed to State and that his recruitment is over. It should be known that he is friends with 2019 commit Drew Little, and that both Little and Clark’s families are UNC fans. There’s not enough here for too much speculation about both players, but it’s hard to consider either players to be completely off of Fedora’s recruiting board.

Football Commitments

UNC Football 2019 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Josh Henderson RB 6'0 200 3 Star 32 Hun School Princeton, NJ
Giovanni Biggers S 6'1 180 3 Star 56 The Boys' Latin School Baltimore, MD
Allen Smith OLB 6'3 205 3 Star 50 Grayson Loganville, GA
Asim Richards OT 6'5 285 3 Star 79 Haverford School Haverford, PA
Kenan Johnson CB 6'1 175 3 Star 90 Lake Minneloa Lake Minneloa, FL
Kamari Morales TE 6'3 232 3 Star 36 Lincoln Tallahassee, FL
Raykwon Anderson CB 5'9 167 3 Star 109 Charlton County Folkston, GA
Storm Duck CB 6'1 180 3 Star 116 Boiling Springs Boiling Springs, SC
Welton Spottsville WR 6'0 195 3 Star 133 Havelock Havelock, NC
Brendan Harrington S 6'1 192 3 Star 102 Northwood Pittsboro, NC
Coleman Reich S 6'0 185 3 Star 123 Ledford Thomasville, NC
Jerrod Means WR 6'3 205 3 Star 206 Lovejoy Hampton, GA
Drew Little LS 5'11 230 2 Star 8 North Stanly New London, NC

Basketball News

  • Yesterday, five-star small forward Keion Brooks announced his top six schools that he will focus on for the remainder of his recruitment:

Following this announcement, Brooks spoke with PrepCircuit.com about each school left on his list, including UNC:

“Coach Williams has been doing a great job in making sure that I know I’m a priority. He has said they have nobody like me in their program that can play multiple positions on offense and be able to guard multiple positions on defense.”

The Tar Heels will have their work cut out for them — Brooks is heavily favored to play college ball in the Midwest, with Indiana 50% favored, and Michigan State 38% according to the 247 Sports Crystal Ball. While it seems like a long shot to get him, it is also worth noting that he is using one of his official visits to make a trip to Chapel Hill. We’ll see how things play out in the coming months.

  • Rivals Basketball Recruiting Analyst Clint Jackson tweeted over the weekend that UNC commit Armando Bacot plans to take his official visit this coming weekend with five-star prospect Cole Anthony:

This visit is coming off of the heels of a visit by fellow 2019 prospects Josh Green and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl. Bacot has been working hard to get all three players to join him in Chapel Hill next year, and it appears that he doesn’t plan on letting off the gas anytime soon. Armando, if you happen to be reading this, keep up the good work.

Basketball 2019 Offers

UNC Basketball 2019 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
James Wiseman C 7-0 210 5 Star 1 East Memphis, TN
Vernon Carey C 6-10 275 5 Star 2 University School Fort Lauderdale, FL 11-2-18
Cole Anthony CG 6-3 184 5 Star 3 Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA 9-28-18
Matthew Hurt PF 6-9 215 5 Star 6 John Marhsall Senior Rochester, MN
Josh Green SF 6-6 190 5 Star 10 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL 9-22-18
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl PF 6-8 235 5 Star 18 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL 9-21-18
Will Baker C 7-0 235 5 Star 20 Westlake Austin, TX
Keoin Brooks SF 6-6 186 5 Star 21 La Lumiere School La Porte, IN 11-2-18
Wendell Moore SF 6-5 210 5 Star 23 Cox Mill Concord, NC 10-12-18
Boogie Ellis CG 6-2 165 4 Star 35 Mission Bay San Diego, CA

Basketball 2020 Offers

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Jeremy Roach PG 6-2 165 5 Star 15 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA

Basketball 2019 Commits

UNC Basketball 2019 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Armando Bacot C 6-10 240 5 Star 19 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL
Jeremiah Francis PG 6-3 190 3 Star 201 Pickerington Central Pickerington, OH

Basketball 2020 Commits

UNC Basketball 2020 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6-9 220 4 Star 36 South Central Winterville, NC