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UNC Recruiting: Week of 11/18

Football makes its final push to improve the 2020 class

Pittsburgh v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

We’ve had two pieces of significant recruiting news since our last complete recruitcap: First, the signing of all five committed members of UNC’s 2020 basketball class (that was last week, yes), and second, that Trenton Simpson will be coming to Chapel Hill this weekend for the second time since his decommitment from Auburn. Check out details on those and more below:


  • With 26 commitments, it looks like Mack Brown is slowing down for the class of 2020, but there’s still one player he’d love to complete the class: in-state linebacker Trenton Simpson, on whom UNC has been since his freshman year and who recently decommited from Auburn. Since then, his 247 Crystal Balls are 92% for UNC, Don Callahan of Inside Carolina has called him a “strong Carolina lean,” and Twitter tells us that he’s going to be making his second visit to Chapel Hill since the decommitment on Saturday. Recruiting is weird, and he notably doesn’t have the Clemson offer that could change things in an instant, but all this looks very good for UNC’s chances of getting the 33rd-best high school senior in the country.
  • 247Sports updated some of their internal rankings several days ago, and a couple of UNC recruits have been hit pretty hard: Des Evans, once a top-30 player by 247’s internal metrics, is now in the 70’s, moving him down to a consensus 4-star. Ethan West lost a star as well, going from a 4-star to a 3-star through a precipitous drop. This isn’t all that surprising, given that neither player camped a ton, West has been said to have not been an immediate take for Virginia Tech (who are struggling to get anybody in this year’s class) pre-UNC commitment, and Evans hasn’t had the best senior season in terms of productivity. UNC currently has the 16th-ranked class in the nation.

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


  • As we covered two weeks ago, UNC’s 5 basketball commitments for 2020 have been inked and joined the Carolina family: Day’Ron Sharpe, Walker Kessler, Caleb Love, R.J. Davis, and Puff Johnson. UNC will lose a senior and two graduate transfers to graduation, Cole Anthony is all but guaranteed to leave for the NBA after this year with his name atop big boards across the internet and unlikely to stray far from there, and K.J. Smith’s scholarship is presumed to be non-guaranteed given that he transferred as a walk-on legacy player. That’s five, meaning that’s all the guaranteed scholarships available for the Heels next year. Don’t expect Roy Williams to aggressively recruit the 2020 class further until and unless he suspects another spot to open up, which would likely be due to Armando Bacot looking like a one-and-done player. He’s not one to recruit without a guaranteed spot available.
  • UNC ostensibly has four offers to uncommitted players in the 2020 class: Ziaire Williams, Kerwin Walton, Greg Brown, and Hunter Dickinson. Eric Bossi of Rivals stated a couple of weeks ago that UNC doesn’t seem to be looking at Brown anymore, and Dickinson cut his list to Duke, Florida State, Michigan, and Notre Dame back in October. That leaves Williams and Walton, who both haven’t put timelines on their decisions. We can probably put those recruitments to the back of our minds for now, but they’ll be the two we list in this feature moving forwards.
  • Moving to the women’s side of things, new coach Courtney Banghart just announced an impressive 5-person signing class of her own, one that boasts two five-star players and ranks 11th in the country according to ESPNW. The big win was Deja Kelly, a five-star guard out of San Antonio, Texas. Kelly is the 17th-ranked player in her class and had a pretty odd recruitment, having committed to the Longhorns in middle school before opening it back up last year. Banghart was late to the party, for obvious reasons, but managed to convince Kelly that UNC is the place to be, and it was enough. Not bad for somebody who hasn’t recruited at this level before. The class also includes five-star forward Anya Poole out of Southeast Raleigh HS, four-star guard Kennedy Todd-Williams from Jacksonville, NC, three-star wing Alyssa Utsby from Rochester, Minnesota, and three-star forward Ali Zelaya from Goodyear, Arizona.

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