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.
- 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.
UNC Football 2019 Commits
|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|
- Yesterday, five-star small forward Keion Brooks announced his top six schools that he will focus on for the remainder of his recruitment:
“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:
Armando Bacot tells Tar Heel Illustrated that he’ll do his official next weekend; with Cole Anthony. #bacotrecruiting— Clint Jackson (@clintjackson1) September 22, 2018
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
|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
|Jeremy Roach||PG||6-2||165||5 Star||15||Paul VI Catholic||Fairfax, VA|
Basketball 2019 Commits
UNC Basketball 2019 Commits
|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
|Day'Ron Sharpe||C||6-9||220||4 Star||36||South Central||Winterville, NC|