UNC football may have lost quarterback Malik Hornsby earlier this week when the rising senior de-committed, but that hasn't slowed their momentum on the recruiting trail. On Friday night they continued their hot streak, gaining the commitment of Clyde Pinder.
COMMITTED ✝️✊ .... never thought I’d be in this position I thank the most high everyday pic.twitter.com/ggktjb4eFS— Clyde Pinder Jr (@clydepinderjr99) June 28, 2019
He visited UNC twice in June before taking an official visit to Pittsburgh last weekend. Shortly after that visit, Pinder announced he had reached his decision. Optimism ran high among UNC fans that he would eventually settle on Chapel Hill, as the current coaching staff has made the defensive line a priority for the class of 2020.
Pinder is a 6’1, 300-pound recruit plays for Armwood High School in Seffner, Florida. He is the first UNC recruit from Florida for the class of 2020, and the fourth defensive lineman joining Sean Martin (WV), AJ Beatty (PA), and Kaimon Rucker (GA). Unlike those first three, who project as defensive ends or linebackers (or both!), Pinder is likely to see time on the interior of the line.
Rated as a 4-star and the 27th best defensive tackle in the country according to Rivals, he held offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Louisville among others. 247 Sports currently rates him as a 3-star recruit and 48th best DT in the nation. Whichever service you prefer, a top-50 interior lineman is a welcome addition.
The coaching staff isn’t finished. With a few more major targets uncommitted, UNC could still add as many as four more defensive lineman in the coming months. North Carolina’s recruiting class remains firmly in the top-20 in national rankings.