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UNC Recruiting week of 10/7: Roy Williams is making a push for RJ Davis and Kerwin Walton

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Good ol’ Roy is doing everything he can to avoid depth issues in 2020.

SLAM Summer Classic 2019 Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Welcome to this week’s recruiting update! Things have been quiet on the football side of things this past week, though there was an offer that was made to a member of the 2021 class. As far as basketball goes, Roy Williams was busy this week making sure that visits were paid to a pair of guards that could help solidify their backcourt next season should things go sideways with two of their top prospects. Let’s go ahead and dive into some news.

Football

  • This week an offer was made to three-star 2021 wide receiver James “J.J.” Jones. Jones is a 6’4 185-pound player for Myrtle Beach High School, and is currently the 50th best wide receiver in his class. Currently Jones holds offers from Penn State, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia, with the only other school showing interest that hasn’t offered being South Carolina.

UNC 2020 Football Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location
Desmond Evans DE/LB 6'6 240 4-star 2 Lee County Sanford, NC
Myles Murphy DE/DT 6'4 280 4-star 6 Dudley Greensboro, NC
Jacolby Criswell QB 6'1 218 4-Star 11 Morrilton Morrilton, AR
Kedrick Bingley-Jones DT 6'5 266 4-Star 13 Providence Day Charlotte, NC
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair DB 6'0 183 4-Star 22 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
Ja'Qurious Conley S 6'2 190 4-Star 26 Northside Jacksonville, NC
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 36 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
John Copenhaver TE 6'3 210 3-Star 14 Roswell Roswell, GA
Ethan West ILB 6'4 225 3-Star 17 Cosby Midlothian, VA
Kendall Karr TE 6'4 230 3-Star 27 Stuart W. Cramer Cramerton, NC
Trey Zimmerman OT 6'6 294 3-Star 47 Roswell Roswell, GA
Clyde Pinder Jr DT 6'0 303 3-Star 38 Armwood Seffner, FL
Jefferson Boaz ATH 6'8 230 3-Star 40 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC
A.J. Beatty DE 6'5 250 3-Star 48 Central Catholic Pittsburgh, PA
Jonathan Adorno OG 6'4 290 3-Star 46 Rolesville Rolesville, NC
Elijah Green RB 5'10 190 3-Star 55 Blessed Trinity Catholic Roswell, GA
D.J. Jones RB 5'11 190 3-Star 57 Pine Forest Fayetteville, NC
Cayden Baker OT 6'6 260 3-Star 56 Fort Myers Fort Myers, FL
Ray Rose WR 6'1 204 3-Star 68 South Point Belmont, NC
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 86 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
Cedrick Gray OLB 6'2 190 3-Star 78 Ardrey Kell Charlotte, NC
Kaimon Rucker DE 6'1 243 3-Star 82 Hart County Hartwell, GA
Elijah Burris RB 5'10 210 3-Star 95 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC
Tylee Craft WR 6'4 170 3-Star 130 Sumter Sumter, SC
Jayden Chalmers CB 5'11 160 3-Star 136 Lee County Sanford, NC
Stephen Gosnell WR 6'2 200 3-Star 167 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC

Basketball

  • Roy Williams and Hubert Davis traveled to New York this past Tuesday to meet up with four-star 2020 point guard R.J. Davis. This visit preceded Davis’ planned official visit for today, October 11th. Here’s what Davis told Zagsblog.com in regards to what Williams and his staff have been telling him about what they are looking for:

“They’re trying to recruit two guards because obviously Cole [Anthony] is projected to go to the NBA, so they’re looking for two guards to come in and play alongside each other,” Davis told me last month. “They’re recruiting Cade Cunningham and Caleb Love. I know they feel that was a downfall last year with Coby White being their only point guard, to have two guards next year.”

Davis’ final four schools on his list are UNC, Marquette, Georgetown, and Pitt. His visit to Chapel Hill will be his last official visit, and so there’s a decent possibility that we could get an announcement from him before the fall signing period starts.

  • Davis wasn’t the only guard that received a visit from UNC’s staff this week — four-star shooting guard Kerwin Walton received a visit from one of Roy Williams’ assistance Tuesday, according to Jake Weingarten with Stockrisers:

We don’t have any additional information on any of the schools that Walton may be honing in on at this time, but does hold scholarships from Arizona, Iowa State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Kansas, among others. As mentioned by R.J. Davis, Williams does indeed have a clear focus on filling in the backcourt when it comes to how he is recruiting for the 2020 class after locking down two of the best big men available. It’s possible that injury concerns with Jeremiah Francis and Anthony Harris have something to do with that, and that’s of course without factoring in Cole Anthony’s inevitable exodus and Christian Keeling’s eligibility expiring. Even if Williams strikes out on Cade Cunningham and/or Bryce Thompson, Davis and Walton would be good pieces to add to what is already a very good recruiting class.

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Ziaire Williams SF 6'7 175 5-Star 5 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA
Kerwin Walton SG 6'4 170 4-Star 96 Hopkins Hopkins, MN

UNC Basketball 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Status
Walker Kessler C 7'0 245 5-Star 15 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA Signed
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6'10 246 5-Star 19 Montverde Academy Winterville, NC (hometown) Signed
Caleb Love PG 6'3 170 5-star 21 Christian Brothers College St Louis, MO Signed
Puff Johnson SF 6'7 185 4-Star 48 Hillcrest Prep Coraopolis, PA (hometown) Signed
R.J. Davis PG 5'11 165 4-star 57 Archbishop Stepinac White Plains, NY Signed