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UNC Recruiting: Week of 11/25

We have a date for Trenton Simpson

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First of all, I hope you’re all still blissfully recovering from stuffing your faces with family this past Thanksgiving. As per usual, there isn’t much recruiting news to be gained over a holiday week, so this one will be short. But just because it’s short doesn’t mean it’s not important! Anyways, here’s the long and short of UNC recruiting activity over the last week.


  • The big news out of last week is that linebacker Trenton Simpson came out of his visit to UNC with a commitment announcement date. While that’s usually all but confirmation that a guy is coming to the school he just visited, this announcement date is just Early Signing Day, December 18. Simpson had likely been planning on signing early anyways, so that doesn’t really increase or decrease UNC’s chances, in my opinion. That said, Chapel Hill is still easily Simpson’s most likely destination until Clemson makes any moves towards him. It might even be too late for the Tigers at this point.
  • Two out-of-state studs committed to the Heels may not be super-firm, but there isn’t a ton of reason to worry as of now, either: Jacolby Criswell is flirting with hometown Arkansas and Auburn (after missing on most of their top QB targets), but hasn’t visited anywhere yet nor does his social media imply that he will. Clyde Pinder visited hometown Florida for the UF-FSU game, but will come to UNC for his official visit next week. Right now, it seems like they’re just enjoying the recruiting process for a little longer but will still be Heels. We’ll let you know if that changes.

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


  • We covered Roy Williams’ third offer to a player in the 2021 class, to point guard Kennedy Chandler out of Memphis. This offer looks a little different from the other two, which were to Paolo Banchero and Patrick Baldwin Jr. While those two look like they could enter the NBA Draft right now and are assured one-and-done prospects, Chandler isn’t quite that: his game isn’t quite as advanced as his size (6’1, 160) requires it to be if he’s to be an NBA player. He looks like an outstanding college guard, though, the type of point guard that Roy Williams has had enormous success with this decade. We’re not expecting much to actually happen with 2021 prospects this season, but keep this in mind.
  • I thought the women’s class was over when I mentioned it last week, but Courtney Banghart has also added a transfer to the list: Ariel Young, a sophomore guard currently at Michigan, announced this week that she would be continuing her college career in Chapel Hill. She was a top-100 player in her class per ESPNW and will hopefully be eligible to play in the 2020-21 season.

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