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UNC Recruiting: Football is fun again, and the July evaluation period has begun for basketball

Football’s class got bigger and better. Roy Williams is on the road.

Gonzaga v North Carolina Photo by Peyton Williams/UNC/Getty Images

The past week brought some big news for the football program, while the basketball summer circuits are in full swing. Here’s our quick recap of this week’s recruiting news.

Football

  • Monday started off the festivities, when 4-star DE Myles Murphy verbally committed to the good guys. He becomes the highest ranked member of UNC’s 2020 class, clocking in as the 68th best player in the nation according to ESPN. As we mentioned on Monday, he is UNC’s highest rated defensive recruit since Jalen Dalton in 2015. Chad Floyd and I also talked about it on our podcast, Don’t Punt to Gio. (Sidenote: If you don’t have that podcast on your weekly rotation, you’re missing out on some of the better unfiltered content about UNC football).
  • Armando Bacot has gotten plenty of publicity for his recruiting efforts behind the scenes for men’s basketball. Now football can (allegedly) thank recent commit Clyde Pinder, Jr. for securing Murphy’s pledge. Pinder only joined the Heels’ class two weeks ago.
  • Speaking of defensive recruits, 4-star DE Kedrick Bingley-Jones is expected to announce his decision in early August. If you believe 247 Sports’ “Crystal Ball” method of predicting which school a recruit will choose, then this past week was good news for UNC. Three more picks for the Heels were placed this week by Anna Hickey (Clemson Insider), JC Shurbutt (South Carolina Insider), and Steve Wiltfong (247 Sports’ Director of Football Recruiting), and they all believe the ESPN300 recruit will end up in Chapel Hill.
  • The same can be said for the folks over at Rivals. Marc Givler, Adam Friedman, and Herman Hardy all made their “FutureCast” picks for UNC. That’s six picks for UNC across the two scouting services in the last 5 days.
  • Just because it can’t be stated enough – 10 of North Carolina’s 21 verbal commitments for 2020 are from the state of North Carolina. Including the 2019 class, Mack has signed or received commitments from 20 in-state recruits in his first eight months. There will be more in-state additions before this class is completed in December (or February). The merits of a “recruiting wall” can be debated, but the excitement it generates is not negotiable.

UNC Football 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location
Myles Murphy DE 6'4 280 4-star 5 Dudley Greensboro, NC
Jacolby Criswell QB 6'1 218 4-Star 12 Morrilton Morrilton, AR
Ethan West ILB 6'4 225 4-Star 12 Cosby Midlothian, VA
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair DB 6'0 183 4-Star 18 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 42 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
Ray Grier WR 6'1 204 4-Star 64 South Point Belmont, NC
John Copenhaver TE 6'3 210 3-Star 11 Roswell Roswell, GA
Kendall Karr TE 6'4 230 3-Star 22 Stuart W. Cramer Cramerton, NC
Sean Martin DE 6'6 260 3-Star 28 Bluefield Bluefield, WV
Clyde Pinder Jr DT 6'0 303 3-Star 38 Armwood Seffner, FL
D.J. Jones RB 5'11 190 3-Star 40 Pine Forest Fayetteville, NC
Trey Zimmerman OT 6'6 294 3-Star 41 Roswell Roswell, GA
A.J. Beatty DE 6'5 250 3-Star 41 Central Catholic Pittsburgh, PA
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 62 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
LaMareon James CB 5'10 170 3-Star 69 Indian River Chesapeake, VA
Kaimon Rucker DE 6'1 243 3-Star 80 Hart County Hartwell, GA
Cedrick Gray OLB 6'2 190 3-Star 86 Ardrey Kell Charlotte, NC
Jefferson Boaz ATH 6'8 230 3-Star 89 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC
Elijah Burris RB 5'10 210 3-Star 92 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC
Tylee Craft WR 6'4 170 3-Star 131 Sumter Sumter, SC
Jayden Chalmers CB 5'11 160 3-Star 150 Lee County Sanford, NC
Rows in bold refer to new additions, while rows in italics refer to recent commitments from more than a week ago

Basketball

Technically they have one available scholarship, but if my math is correct (which is questionable) a new addition would force preferred walk-on Shea Rush to forfeit his scholarship. At this point in the summer, the odds of that happening are extremely low. Regardless of what class Johnson ultimately chooses, Arizona continues to be the presumed leader.

  • 5-star shooting guard Jaden Springer released his top-5 earlier this week. UNC made the list, along with Tennessee, Memphis, Michigan, and Florida. Currently playing for IMG Academy in Florida, Springer is originally from North Carolina. Whether a home state connection is enough to overcome a strong relationship with Tennessee, or hold off Penny Hardaway and Juwan Howard remains to be seen.
  • Lastly, this week kicks off several AAU tournaments around the country. The Peach Jam is among the more prominent and began on Wednesday night. Several UNC recruits are participating, including Cade Cunningham, Puff Johnson, Isaiah Todd, and Greg Brown. Last year, Armando Bacot and Anthony Harris helped lead Team Takeover to the title. It’s highly likely some additional scholarship offers will be extended after this weekend’s festivities. Details about the Peach Jam can be found here, at D1Circuit.com.

But just for fun, here are a few early highlights of some UNC prospects.

Greg Brown is, um, wow.

Cade Cunningham can also basketball.

And here is in-state prospect, Isaiah Todd doing the dunking thing.

We’ll have more next week after this evaluation weekend concludes on Sunday.

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Cade Cunningham PG 6'6 215 5-Star 3 Montverde Academy Arlington, TX (hometown)
Greg Brown III PF 6'9 195 5-Star 6 Vandegrift Austin, TX
Ziaire Williams SF 6'7 175 5-Star 8 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA
Jaden Springer SG 6'4 195 5-Star 10 IMG Academy Charlotte, NC (hometown)
Isaiah Todd PF 6'10 195 5-Star 14 Trinity Academy Raleigh, NC
Walker Kessler C 6'10 225 5-Star 15 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA
Caleb Love PG 6'3 170 4-Star 25 Christian Brothers College St Louis, MO
Bryce Thompson SG 6'5 175 4-Star 26 Booker T. Washington Tulsa, OK
DJ Steward PG/SG 6'3 165 4-star 27 Whitney Young HS Chicago, IL
Dawson Garcia PF 6'11 220 4-Star 29 Prior Lake Prior Lake, MN
Earl Timberlake SF 6'6 215 4-Star 28 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
Hunter Dickenson C 7'2 255 4-Star 30 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
Cam'Ron Fletcher SF 6'6 180 4-Star 32 Vashon St. Louis, MO
Puff Johnson SF 6'7 185 4-Star 51 Moon Area HS Coraopolis, PA
R.J. Davis PG 6'0 155 4-star 85 Archibishop Stepinac White Plains, NY

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 5-Star 22 South Central Winterville, NC