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UNC Recruiting: Roy gets another commitment and Mack hosts 5-star Simpson

It was a surprisingly busy week in the recruiting world.

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It was a big week for UNC recruiting. Basketball gave out their last available scholarship (for now), and UNC football hosted a five-star recruit on an official visit. Here’s the quick rundown from the last week.


  • UNC lost another close game to Virginia last weekend, but they continue to make progress with recruits off the field. Last weekend, that included five-star recruit in-state recruit Trenton Simpson. The linebacker from Charlotte, NC stopped by for an official visit (just his second overall OV), amidst speculation that he’s close to committing to the Heels. That commitment has not come yet — and isn’t quite a sure thing — but it’s hard to ignore these tweets he sent out on Monday night.

There is no information on when (or if) an announcement may come, however 13 of the 14 crystal balls on 247 Sports indicate that UNC is the favorite.

  • Two weeks ago, UNC hosted DT Dontavious Oxendine. The recruit out of Radcliff, KY, who is considered a four-star recruit by Rivals, would add to a defensive line haul that is already among the best in the nation. This week, he announced a commitment date of December 18th. That is the first day of the Early Signing Period. He currently does not have any other visits planned, but there is no indication either positivive or negative if UNC’s official visit was enough to persuade him to come to Chapel Hill.
  • The Heels have not fallen victim to many decommits in this recruiting cycle, but a recent offer to Jacolby Criswell will catch the attention of die-hard recruiting fans. On Thursday night, Criswell announced the Auburn Tigers have offered the four-star QB prospect. Criswell is currently the Heels’ only quarterback commit for 2020.

Sam Howell’s success may have him reconsidering his school choice — and that’s perfectly understandable to those of us with zero knowledge of the conversations that take place behind the scenes. However, Auburn also starts a freshman QB and head coach Gus Malzahn is perpetually on the hot seat because he isn’t Nick Saban or Kirby Smart. North Carolina is certainly the more stable of the two situations, but this one may be tight into mid-December.

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


  • After the commitment of R.J. Davis two weeks ago, all eyes were on a select few remaining targets. On Tuesday night, four-star shooting guard Puff Johnson ended all the drama and committed to Roy Williams and UNC. We broke down his commitment in this article, and Chad and I discussed the decision on this episode of Between the Banners. Puff also released this commitment video. Come for the announcement. Stay for the Cam Johnson cameo.
  • The night prior to Puff’s announcement, another former UNC target revealed his college choice. Cade Cunningham will be following his brother to Oklahoma State in what will likely only be a one-year campaign. If he didn’t want UNC — and he had opportunities to commit before UNC closed out the class — at least he didn’t choose Kentucky.
  • Puff’s decision also likely ended any chance of five-star SG Bryce Thompson coming to UNC. Thompson announced his final four earlier in the week. He’s expected to make a decision next week. It, uh, will probably not be UNC. More on that below.
  • So, why is UNC likely done for the moment? Christian Keeling, Justin Pierce and Brandon Robinson will graduate after this season. Cole Anthony is a candidate to the be the #1 NBA Draft pick. K.J. Smith currently owns the rotating scholarship that UNC gives to preferred walk-ons if UNC doesn’t land all of their recruiting targets. That’s a total of five available scholarships. A sixth scholarship may come open in the spring, but right now, there just isn’t room.
  • Lastly, if you haven’t kept up with the flood of commitments over the past few weeks, click these links to all of our articles. That includes going all the way back to Day’Ron Sharpe’s decision almost 18 months ago.

June 17, 2018 — Day’Ron Sharpe
September 23, 2019 —Walker Kessler
October 1, 2019 — Caleb Love
October 21, 2019 — R.J. Davis
November 5, 2019 — Puff Johnson

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