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UNC Recruiting: Desmond Evans commits today and some other stuff

We will know in a matter of hours if Mack Brown will get the commitment of one of the best high schoolers in the country

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Happy Desmond Evans Commitment Day! In less than three hours, we’ll know if UNC has secured the commitment of the local pass-rusher who would be UNC’s highest-rated football recruit since the turn of the century, which was about when the big companies started publicizing this stuff. Also, the 2020 basketball class is doing some heavy recruiting for Roy Williams. Let’s take a look:

Football:

  • Mercifully, Des Evans hasn’t taken as much of his time to get this done as Cole Anthony did for basketball. After taking an unofficial visit to Florida for their game against Auburn, Evans decided against taking an official visit there and scheduled a commitment for today at 2:00. Basically everybody still expects him to be a Tar Heel despite his most recent activity being with the Gators; family distance from Florida and the fact that he didn’t visit on the school’s terms seem to be why they’re not getting more of a shot. Anything is possible in recruiting, but signs are pointing the right way for UNC to secure the uber-talented defensive end. More on this at noon.
  • Preferred walk-on wide receiver Landon Stevens, from East Surry, has committed to UNC. He’s a teammate of Jefferson Boaz, who’s committed to the Heels as an athlete, and Stephen Gosnell, a receiver committed to NCSU but who the UNC staff seems to be trying to flip. Stevens has solid tape of his own, though, and seems to have good size and a penchant for going deep.

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:

  • Caleb Love raised some eyebrows on Monday during this interview with Rivals when he answered, with zero hesitation, that Ziaire Williams would be the next 2020 player to commit to UNC. News around Williams himself has been limited, but we are definitely left wondering how much Love really knows. Williams would, obviously, be an incredible get at a position UNC will be looking for bodies at in the 2020-21 season.
  • Love, as well as Day’Ron Sharpe and Walker Kessler, are doing a ton of recruiting generally, though. Love and Sharpe were at the USA Basketball mini-camp, where they apparently repeatedly got in the ears of Greg Brown and Bryce Thompson, also UNC targets, to try and get them to come to Chapel Hill.
  • R.J. Davis told Rivals that he wants to make his college decision “before [his] senior year starts,” which I assume means basketball season and not the school year. He visited UNC just this past weekend, and they are strong contenders alongside Marquette and Pittsburgh for the New York point guard.

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

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