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UNC Recruiting: Holiday Week

A week after football’s signing day, not much to be said

NCAA Basketball: UCLA at North Carolina Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

I hope everybody’s had a restful, joyful holiday week, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or nothing at all but some days off from work/school. It’s because of that state of matters that there isn’t a ton to report vis-a-vis recruiting this week; recruits are at home just like the rest of us, with sports probably not among the top 5 things on their mind. Still, a coach’s job never sleeps, and neither does ours. Let’s get into what we can talk about:


  • If you missed it, 25 of UNC’s 26 commits signed during the early signing day, with running back Elijah Burris the lone holdout. Burris is, I believe, UNC’s longest-tenured recruit, so whatever stopped him from signing, it’s not a wavering commitment. This means that yes, the staff managed to hold on to nose tackle Clyde Pinder, who had been flirting with hometown Florida, and inked him on the 18th well after everybody else had signed.
  • This gives the Heels the nation’s 19th-ranked class, ahead of, for example, Florida State, Stanford, and Wisconsin. That number might fall a little bit after regular signing day, after the rest of the elite guys have finally made their decisions, but so many players sign in December now that it’s unlikely to fall past 20. Mack Brown, in other words, has signed a top-20 class in his first full year recruiting in this spell.
  • We have comments from Mack Brown regarding this class’ early enrollees and regular enrollees. Here’s possibly my favorite:

[On Cayden Baker] “He’s an offensive lineman, 6-5, 285 (pounds) from Fort Myers (Fla.), southwest Florida Player of the Year nominee. He’s All-District, All-Southwest Florida. He’s also a tremendous basketball player, and you can watch he’s got a lot of athletic ability, but he’s tough, too. We think he’s going to be really big. His dad was a starting center for Coach (Bobby) Bowden at Florida State on some of those great teams. He can run and he will hit you, and you love to have basketball players at those positions because of their athletic ability.”

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


  • There’s literally nothing I can see to report; we’ve already covered basketball signees. It doesn’t look like Roy Williams is prioritizing the guys who have offered scholarships left in the 2020 class until he gets some more clarity on this season, meaning the chances of UNC getting one of Kerwin Walton, Greg Brown, or Ziaire Williams are slimming pretty quickly.

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