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UNC Recruiting 4/12: Football Spring Game highlights week’s festivities

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Football will hold their spring game and the basketball coaches will hit the road.

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With March Madness officially behind the entire basketball world, it’s time to look forward. April is full of basketball coaches hitting the road and uncommitted recruits making their final decisions. With early departures and graduations, UNC’s staff is no different.

Not to be outdone, football programs across the country will host their biggest 2020 targets as they conclude their spring practices with open-to-the-public spring games. After taking a hiatus last season, UNC’s staff brought back the Spring Game to join in those festivities. Let’s recap the latest in UNC recruiting.

Football

  • Not specific to just one player, tomorrow’s Spring Game is big deal. Mack Brown has been making his pitch for the past few months, asking fans to circle April 13th on the calendar The program and school will be hosting events throughout the day, and our own Al Hood gave you a checklist of things to watch for (if you make the trip). Full details can be found here.
  • The Spring Game will be used as another chance to sell 2020, 2021, AND 2022 recruits on UNC. Approximately 30 recruits spanning those three classes, including current Tar Heel pledges, are expected to attend. As Akil touched on last week, 4-star WR Mike Wyman will make UNC his final college visit before making a decision on April 16th. Regardless who Wyman selects, it’s a long time until December. Whether he selects perceived leader South Carolina, North Carolina, or another surprise school, he’ll remain a hot commodity.
  • 4-star defensive back, Cameron Roseman-Sinclair took home the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp defensive MVP award last weekend. Tar Heel Illustrated’s Jacob Turner spoke with the rising senior after the event. His performance solidified his status as one of the best defenders in the country. The Heels received his commitment back in January. Anthony Pagnotta gave his take on various UNC targets on his blog, Heel Tough

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 16 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
Ray Grier WR 6'1 204 4-Star 52 South Point Belmont, NC
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 67 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
Trey Zimmerman OT 6'6 294 3-Star 37 Roswell Roswell, GA
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 57 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
LaMareon James CB 5'10 170 3-Star 78 Indian River Chesapeake, VA
Elijah Burris RB 5'10 201 3-Star 93 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC

Basketball

  • Starting yesterday, basketball coaches can go back on the road to recruit. The rules and dates are a little weird but Sherrell McMillan puts it best:
  • The big news of the week was UNC offering a scholarship to 5-star shooting guard Jaden Springer. We detailed the offer earlier this week. A rising senior in the class of 2020, Springer was teammates with incoming Tar Heel Armando Bacot at IMG Academy, where they just won the GEICO National High School Championship. Enjoy these highlights of Springer at the tournament.
  • No change on the announcements for Cole Anthony, Precious Achiuwa, or Matthew Hurt. The only definitive date is Hurt’s announcement on April 19th. Anthony’s commitment is expected to come at some point in the next few weeks, while Achiuwa’s could come as late as May.
  • Walker Kessler, a 5-star center for 2020, made it official that he will NOT reclassify to 2019. That will help UNC’s efforts, who told Kessler that a 2019 scholarship was unlikely to be available if he entered college next semester.
  • It’s should be no surprise at this point that UNC is looking at graduate transfers and players who have decommitted from their original commitments. Graduate transfers Rayjon Tucker (Arkansas Little-Rock), Christian Keeling (Charleston Southern), and Daniel Utomi (Akron), have all been contacted by UNC. All are perimeter scorers. None have scheduled an official visit to Chapel Hill.
  • Yesterday, UNC extended a scholarship offer to in-state power forward Justin McKoy. A former Penn State commit, McKoy has also been contacted by numerous other ACC programs. McKoy, a 3-star recruit and ranked #87 among power forwards according to 247 Sports composite rankings, will visit UVA this weekend. The 6-8, 225-pound senior plays for Panther Creek High School in Cary, NC.
  • 2020 target Greg Brown III participated in the USA Basketball camp at the Final Four and, according to Corey Evans at Rivals, continues to impress. Afterwards, he continued to profess his love for UNC. This recruitment still likely has a way to go, but North Carolina has maintained its presence near the front of the pack.

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 2019 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Decision Day
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Rank School Location Decision Day
Cole Anthony CG 6'3 184 5 Star 4 Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson, VA 4/22/2019
Matthew Hurt PF 6'9 215 5 Star 8 John Marhsall Senior Rochester, MN 4/19/2019
Precious Achiuwa SF 6'9 190 5 Star 13 Montverde Academy (FL) Bronx, NY (hometown)
Anthony Harris CG 6'3 180 4 Star 65 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA
Justin Pierce SF 6'7 215 Grad Transfer 5 William and Mary 5/11/2019
Christian Keeling SG 6'3 175 Grad Transfer 7 Charleston Southern

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

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 5-Star 6 Vandegrift Austin, TX
Jaden Springer SG 6'4 195 5-Star 12 IMG Academy Charlotte, NC (hometown)
Isaiah Todd PF 6'10 195 5-Star 13 Trinity Academy Raleigh, NC
Walker Kessler C 6'10 225 5-Star 16 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA
Jeremy Roach PG 6'2 165 5-Star 17 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA
Ziaire Williams SF 6'7 175 5-Star 20 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA