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UNC Recruiting: Week of 2/25

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The biggest night of the year so far is just over a week away

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

There isn’t much concrete news from the last week in terms of recruiting, as both football and basketball are gearing up for what portends to be an absolutely huge night when Duke comes to town. Both Roy Williams and Mack Brown are betting on that electric, one-of-a-kind atmosphere to convince some kids that they want to be a part of it, and until then, we’re just going to have to wait.

Football

  • The biggest news in the recruiting world overall is 247Sports’ new rankings for the 2020 class. It’s not of too much interest for our accounting purposes because UNC has so few commitments in the 2020 class so far, but a lot of UNC targets saw significant movement both up and down. The one commit who is of interest here is Cameron Roseman-Sinclair, who moved down 17 spots to #254, just outside of the top 247.
  • A lot of Top 4/5/12/whatevers are being released at the moment. A notable one to feature UNC was 4-star linebacker Mohamed Kaba’s top 5, though it doesn’t look like the firmest cut-off of all time (“all the schools I haven’t visited yet I still have interest” is recruitspeak for this, right?). He’d be nice to have.
  • UNC’s recruiting turnaround is making national waves. Check out this, from ESPN’s National Recruiting Analyst Gerry Hamilton:

I mean, he’s basing it as much on the in-state talent as on the coaching overhaul, but it’s nice to be the default option for top in-state kids again, isn’t it?

UNC Football 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Position Rank School Location
Ethan West ILB 6'4 225 4-Star 11 Cosby Midlothian, VA
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair DB 6'0 183 4-Star 15 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
Ray Grier WR 6'1 204 4-Star 51 South Point Belmont, NC
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 72 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 55 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
Elijah Burris RB 5'10 201 3-Star 87 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC

Basketball

  • Since we ran an article about Greg Brown III landing an offer, we haven't heard much about him. That's changed, as the class of 2020 Texas product recently released a top 10 that consists of UNC, Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Auburn, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, LSU, Memphis, and Tennessee. That was followed up with the news that he would be another of Roy Williams’ guests for the weekend of the 8th to the 11th, according to @HeelsUpdates on Twitter. It’s an unofficial visit that will be for the length of an official visit, meaning that the Brown family will be paying for travel and accomodation in Chapel Hill for the full 3 days. Make of this what you will.
  • This coincides with the official visits of Precious Achiuwa and Ziaire Williams, which is pretty cool. Williams told Stockrisers that he’s “very excited” to return to Chapel Hill; that interest in particular looks really strong right now. Williams has made a huge jump in the rankings since we first heard of him, by the way: He’s now a top-10 player in his class for both Rivals and 247, while ESPN is still slow to catch up, putting him at 20th (where his 247 Composite score also lies).
  • Meanwhile, Roy Williams is still recruiting 2019 hybrid forward Matthew Hurt. Per Eric Bossi, Williams went to go see Hurt’s last game of the season on Tuesday. Hurt is getting some buzz for Duke recently after it was thought that Kansas was out in front; apparently he had an “amazing” visit back in January. There’s a long way to go with this one, however. On the downside, if Hurt were to come back to UNC’s campus, it would have to be on an unofficial visit. Coach Williams has his work cut out for him here.

UNC Basketball 2019 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Visit
Cole Anthony CG 6'3 184 5 Star 4 Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA OV taken
Matthew Hurt PF 6'9 215 5 Star 8 John Marhsall Senior Rochester, MN OV taken
Precious Achiuwa SF 6'9 190 5-Star 13 Montverde Academy (FL) Bronx, NY (hometown) 3/9/2019
Keion Brooks SF 6'6 186 5 Star 23 La Lumiere School La Porte, IN OV taken

UNC Basketball 2019 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Status
Armando Bacot C 6’10 240 5 Star 20 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL Signed
Jeremiah Francis PG 6’3 190 3 Star 131 Pickerington Central Pickerington, OH Signed

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Greg Brown III PF 6'7 185 Five Star 6 Vandegrift Austin, TX
Isaiah Todd PF 6'10 195 Five Star 13 Trinity Academy Raleigh, NC
Walker Kessler C 6'10 225 Five Star 16 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA
Jeremy Roach PG 6'2 165 Five Star 17 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA
Ziaire Williams SF 6'7 175 Five Star 20 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA

UNC Basketball 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6'10 246 4-Star 26 South Central Winterville, NC