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UNC Recruiting: New Year, New Outlook

Another 2019 offer goes out for UNC Basketball and Mack Brown is getting some attention

NCAA Basketball: Harvard at North Carolina Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s 2019! There are only a couple of months until football recruiting for this cycle shuts down entirely, and a few more after that until basketball does the same. Let’s take a look at where we’re starting the year:

Football:

  • After the fall Signing period, Mack Brown’s initial strategy of relying on flips rather than new commits for the high end of the 2019 class isn’t going to be sustainable, as many of UNC’s targets who were committed elsewhere have now signed with those other schools, including Donavon Greene, Savion Jackson, and C.J. Clark. One who has not and is reported to have interest in UNC is defensive back Anthony Harris of Havelock, N.C. We’ll keep you posted.
  • Also, this is huge: 5-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, from Huntington, West Virginia, has said that he has plans to take official visits to West Virginia and UNC with his other 3 in the air. That would be a serious get for UNC, with the ability to push this year’s class into the nation’s top 30.
  • This article from InsideCarolina details what new quarterback signee Sam Howell thinks of Mack Brown and Phil Longo, and it’s worth a read. This quote is particularly telling:

With the new staff we’ll easily take over the state in recruiting.”

  • This article from Greensboro.com profiles Mack Brown’s first month and change at the helm of UNC Football, and, shock and awe, it’s positive. It focuses on how much Brown and his staff have emphasized reclaiming the state of North Carolina, and, again, I’ll just share one quote though the whole thing is worth your time:

“I’ve probably heard more from [UNC since Brown took over] than I’ve heard in the last couple of years, so I’m very excited,” said Coach Todd Willert of East Forsyth. “It’s been refreshing,”

Yeesh.

UNC Football 2019 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Sam Howell QB 6’1 225 4 Star 3 Sun Valley Monroe, NC
Khafre Brown WR 6’0 176 4 Star 33 West Mecklenburg Charlotte, NC
Triston Miller OT 6’6 275 3 Star 34 Charlotte Country Day Charlotte, NC
Josh Henderson RB 6'0 200 3 Star 37 Hun School Princeton, NJ
Kamari Morales TE 6’3 232 3 Star 40 Lincoln Tallahassee, FL
Giovanni Biggers S 6'1 180 3 Star 56 The Boys' Latin School Baltimore, MD
Emery Simmons WR 6’0 1/2 185 3 Star 67 South View Hope Mills, NC
Khadry Jackson S 6’2 190 3 Star 67 Windermere Prep Windermere, FL
Asim Richards OT 6'5 285 3 Star 75 Haverford School Haverford, PA
Tomari Fox SDE 6’3 250 3 Star 75 Collins Hill Suwanee, GA
Kevin Hester SDE 6’6 230 3 Star 82 North Cobb Kennesaw, GA
Kristian Varner SDE 6’4 240 3 Star 97 Hiram Hiram, GA
Welton Spottsville WR 6’0 195 3 Star 105 Havelock Havelock, NC
Storm Duck CB 6’1 180 3 Star 119 Boiling Springs Boiling Springs, SC
Wyatt Tunall OT 6’5 270 3 Star 144 Chester Chester, SC
Justin Olson WR 6’2 182 3 Star 146 North Mecklenburg Huntersville, NC
Obi Egbuna CB 5’10 170 3 Star 209 Charlotte Christian Charlotte, NC
Drew Little LS 5’11 230 2 Star 7 North Stanly New London, NC
Ben Kiernan P 6’0 13 2 Star 13 Wakefield Raleigh, NC
2018 Football Commits

(All listed commits signed)

Basketball:

  • After several months of distant flirting, Roy Williams has offered 2019 five-star wing prospect Precious Achiuwa, from the Bronx. Achiuwa is an incredibly long and athletic player who has dominated his competition, and he will soon set up visits, according to Adam Zagoria. We’ll let you know more about this situation as it develops.
  • 2020 commit Day’Ron Sharpe keeps raising his stock after his commitment, most recently being named to the All-Tournament team and earning one of the Most Outstanding Player honors at the John Wall Invitational in December after averaging 18 points and 17 rebounds per game to go with near 75% shooting accuracy at the event. He’s well outplaying his current ranking.

UNC Basketball 2019 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Precious Achiuwa SF 6'9 190 5-Star 9 Montverde Academy Bronx, NY
Cole Anthony CG 6'3 184 5 Star 3 Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA 9/28/2018
Keion Brooks SF 6'6 186 5 Star 21 La Lumiere School La Porte, IN 11/2/2018
Anthony Edwards SG 6'5 215 5-Star 1 Holy Spirit Prep Atlanta, GA
Matthew Hurt PF 6'9 215 5 Star 6 John Marhsall Senior Rochester, MN

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Official Visits
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Official Visits
Isaiah Todd PF 6’10 195 5 Star 13 Trinity Academy of Raleigh Raleigh, NC N/A
Jeremy Roach PG 6’2 165 5 Star 14 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA N/A
Ziaire Williams SF 6’7 175 5 Star 23 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA N/A

UNC Basketball 2019 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Status
Armando Bacot C 6’10 240 5 Star 20 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL Signed
Jeremiah Francis PG 6’3 190 3 Star 131 Pickerington Central Pickerington, OH Signed

UNC Basketball 2020 Commits

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Status
Day’Ron Sharpe C 6’9 220 4 Star 37 South Central Winterville, NC Verbal