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UNC Recruiting: Week of 10/28

Flipmas came early for football, but the news isn't as good for basketball

NCAA Football: Duke at North Carolina Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

After two flips from NC State over to the good guys, Mack Brown and his staff still aren't done trying to get players to flip to UNC. On the basketball side of things, Roy Williams is doing his best to wrap up the 2020 class early this time. Let's take a look:


  • As you may have seen from articles published here in the last week, offensive lineman Jonathan Adorno joined Stephen Gosnell in decommitting from N.C. State after some relentless pursuit by Mack Brown. Both are apparently lifelong UNC fans, which aided their decisions, but it’s still a heck of an accomplishment to get guys who have already made this big a decision to not just reconsider, but flip entirely into another one.
  • The big flip of the season, though, would be linebacker Trenton Simpson, the second-best player in the state after Des Evans who recently decommitted from Auburn. I guess that wouldn’t quite make it a flip, and he is exploring options: he just visited Clemson, from where he doesn’t have an offer according to 247, will visit UNC this weekend, and probably isn’t done. Still, the widely held expectation is that if he doesn’t return to Auburn, he’s a Heel: and the 247 Crystal Ball picks have flooded in for UNC.
  • UNC’s getting close to the numbers limit for this class, even when you count overloads. We’re going to have to start looking for signs of attrition on the current roster to make room for them, as it’s unlikely that in the first class that he got to recruit on his own that Brown will rescind offers from committed players at this (or any) point.

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


  • Roy Williams, as of right now, has 4 legit targets remaining for 1, possibly 2 scholarships, and it seems like he wants to get the 2020 class done as soon as possible so he can start on ‘21, where some of his rivals have already secured commitments. Cade Cunningham and Greg Brown have basically lost contact with the UNC staff, and it’s unclear which side in either of the two cases initiated this: but since their visits, there has been just about nothing connecting any of them to UNC or its coaching staff.
  • Bryce Thompson, Kerwin Walton, and Ziaire Williams have now all visited UNC and are in the later stages of the decision-making process, so it’s basically just a waiting game now. Thompson seems to be the closest to a decision; he’ll announce a commitment announcement day any day now.
  • Puff Johnson is a weird case, where everything is pointing to him choosing Arizona but he's officially visiting UNC this weekend. I'm still not expecting much, but stranger things have happened.
  • Ziaire Williams has set up official visits to Arizona and Oregon, going against the conventional wisdom that UNC and USC were pretty much all he was going to choose from. Caleb Love told us he’d be the next to commit, but as it goes longer without that happening, this recruitment is starting to look significantly bleaker.

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