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UNC Recruiting Week of 12/9: Roy Williams pays visits to Caleb Love and Paolo Banchero

Roy Williams continues to hit the pavement hard in order to keep his recruiting momentum going.

High School Basketball: JUN 02 Pangos All-American Camp Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to this week’s THB recruiting update! Things have been a little busy on the recruitment front, though there are no big announcements that took place. Football is getting ready for the Early Signing Period next week, and expect at least most of their 26 recruits to sign their National Letters of Intent. On the basketball side of things, Roy Williams has spent a lot of time on the road visiting current commits as well as 2021 prospects. Let’s go ahead and dive into this week’s news.


  • Four-star 2020 quarterback Jacolby Criswell is on campus this weekend for his official visit.

Criswell’s official visit is taking place before the Early Signing Period which begins on December 18th. His commitment is one that has been interesting to this point, as Sam Howell’s performance this season has led some to believe that he may explore other options instead of signing with the team. While Criswell himself has showed no concrete signs of wanting to look into other schools, Arkansas’ new head coach Sam Pittman reportedly reached out to the dual-threat quarterback in order to apply some pressure in the alternate direction. There’s likely nothing to worry about here, but it’ll still be something to keep an eye on until ink potentially hits the paper next week.

  • Speaking of the Early Signing Period, be sure to check in with us next week as we will be providing coverage during that time. We will have a primer that will be released early in the week, and we will be sure to announce each signing as they happen.

UNC Football 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Desmond Evans DE/LB 6'6 240 4-star 2 Lee County Sanford, NC Signed
Myles Murphy DE/DT 6'4 280 4-star 6 Dudley Greensboro, NC Signed
Jacolby Criswell QB 6'1 218 4-Star 11 Morrilton Morrilton, AR Signed
Kedrick Bingley-Jones DT 6'5 266 4-Star 13 Providence Day Charlotte, NC Signed
John Copenhaver TE 6'3 210 3-Star 14 Roswell Roswell, GA Signed
Ethan West ILB 6'4 225 3-Star 17 Cosby Midlothian, VA Signed
Kendall Karr TE 6'4 230 3-Star 22 Stuart W. Cramer Cramerton, NC Signed
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair DB 6'0 183 4-Star 23 Myers Park Charlotte, NC Signed
Ja'Qurious Conley S 6'2 190 4-Star 26 Northside Jacksonville, NC Signed
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 36 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA Signed
Clyde Pinder Jr DT 6'0 303 3-Star 41 Armwood Seffner, FL Signed
Jefferson Boaz ATH 6'8 230 3-Star 41 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC Signed
Trey Zimmerman OT 6'6 294 3-Star 48 Roswell Roswell, GA Signed
A.J. Beatty DE 6'5 250 3-Star 48 Central Catholic Pittsburgh, PA Signed
Jonathan Adorno OG 6'4 290 3-Star 50 Rolesville Rolesville, NC Signed
Cayden Baker OT 6'6 260 3-Star 53 Fort Myers Fort Myers, FL Signed
Cedrick Gray OLB 6'2 190 3-Star 57 Ardrey Kell Charlotte, NC Signed
D.J. Jones RB 5'11 190 3-Star 58 Pine Forest Fayetteville, NC Signed
Elijah Green RB 5'10 190 3-Star 63 Blessed Trinity Catholic Roswell, GA Signed
Ray Rose WR 6'1 204 3-Star 66 South Point Belmont, NC Signed
Kaimon Rucker DE 6'1 243 3-Star 77 Hart County Hartwell, GA Signed
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 84 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC Signed
Elijah Burris RB 5'10 210 3-Star 87 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC
Tylee Craft WR 6'4 170 3-Star 129 Sumter Sumter, SC Signed
Jayden Chalmers CB 5'11 160 3-Star 141 Lee County Sanford, NC Signed
Stephen Gosnell WR 6'2 200 3-Star 142 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC Signed


  • Roy Williams made his way to St. Louis Tuesday to check in with five-star 2020 commit Caleb Love. His team Christian Brothers College took down St. Louis U High 86-66, and Love finished the game with 29 points, five rebounds, four assists, and drained four of his three-point attempts.

Following the game, Roy Williams took the time to take a photo with CBC’s student section:

  • Roy Williams’ traveling didn’t stop at visiting Love, as he and his assistants had time to visit some of the recruits in 2021 classes. According to Jake Weingarten with Stockrisers, UNC paid visits to five-star point guard Kennedy Chandler, four-star guard Wade Taylor IV, and five-star junior Paolo Banchero. Kennedy Chandler’s list of offers got a little bit more interesting this week, as Duke extended an offer in order to ensure another recruiting war between the two Blue Blood programs. He also currently holds offers from notable programs such as Florida State, Michigan, Syracuse, Arizona, and Tennessee.

UNC Basketball 2021 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Patrick Baldwin Jr. SF 6'8 190 5-Star 2 Hamilton Sussex, WI
Paolo Banchero PF 6'9 235 5-Star 3 O Dea Seattle, WA
Kennedy Chandler PG 6'1 160 5-Star 15 Briarcrest Christian Memphis, TN

UNC Basketball 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Status
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6'10 246 5-Star 14 Montverde Academy Winterville, NC (hometown) Signed
Walker Kessler C 7'0 245 5-Star 16 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA 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 46 Hillcrest Prep Coraopolis, PA (hometown) Signed
R.J. Davis PG 5'11 165 4-star 58 Archbishop Stepinac White Plains, NY Signed