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UNC Recruiting Week of 7/22: Can the Tar Heels best Duke in a battle for Ziaire Williams?

The Heels and the Blue Devils once again will battle it out for one of the best players in the country.

BASKETBALL: JUNE 03 Pangos All-American Camp Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to the weekly Carolina recruiting update! For this week, we’re going to revisit some of the most newsworthy recruiting stories, including a big transfer landed by Mack Brown, an offer that went out to a basketball target that could make things really interesting for Roy Williams, a couple of prospect rumors, and much more. Without further ado, let’s dive right in.


  • This past weekend, former Clemson defensive back Kyler McMichael announced that he was transferring to another school. Less than 24 hours later, McMichael resurfaced on Twitter to announce that he was transferring to the University of North Carolina to play for Mack Brown. It was quite a huge victory for the Tar Heels, who had fallen into a rather sizable hole thanks to former head coach Larry Fedora, and landing such a big transfer further proves that Brown has what it takes to steer the ship that is UNC football back in the right direction.
  • Speaking of steering things in the right direction, 247 Sports announced their updated rankings for college football. Following all of the movement of individual players, Carolina finished with the 15th overall class for 2020, and the fourth best class in the ACC. The biggest mover in the class was prized QB Jacolby Criswell, who is now the 9th best dual-threat QB in the class and 300th best player overall.
  • Looking forward for the 2020 class, Criswell has the potential to get passed as the Heels’ best recruit by four-star safety Ja’Qurious Conley, who named UNC, South Carolina, Duke, and Virginia Tech in his final four. In a report written Wednesday by, Conley stated that UNC and USC are the main two schools that he is focusing on, and so it appears that this will be a battle between the sibling states for the 11th best safety in the country.

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 9 Morrilton Morrilton, AR
Ethan West ILB 6'4 225 4-Star 14 Cosby Midlothian, VA
Kedrick Bingley-Jones DT 6'5 266 4-Star 16 Providence Day Charlotte, NC
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair DB 6'0 183 4-Star 21 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 41 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
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
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
Elijah Green RB 5'10 190 3-Star 53 Blessed Trinity Catholic Roswell, GA
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 62 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
Ray Grier WR 6'1 204 3-Star 63 South Point Belmont, 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


  • Earlier this week, Rivals’ Corey Evans gave an update on five-star power forward Greg Brown. In the report, Evans stated that much of the talk revolving around Brown has been about Texas and North Carolina, despite Brown carrying offers from schools like Kansas, Memphis, and Florida. The odds of landing Brown, however, aren’t looking the best: 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball currently gives Texas a 100% chance of landing the top-ten player, which would give a large boost to Shaka Smart’s roster. There’s still plenty of time, one would imagine, so we will see if Roy Williams and his staff will be able to persuade him.
  • Wednesday night, five-star UNC target Ziaire Williams announced that he received a scholarship offer from Duke University:

The scholarship offer from Coach K and his staff make things really interesting for Roy Williams and his staff, as it creates yet another recruiting battle between the two schools. The silver lining? Duke already received a commitment from Jalen Johnson, who is the best small forward in the 2020 class. However, we all know that Duke isn’t a stranger to gluttony, so this is merely a factoid in regards to a recruit that is currently considered the current favorite to play commit to the Tar Heels according to the 247 Sports Crystal Ball. Will this turn out to be another epic Tobacco Road recruiting battle? Or will the top-ten player decide to stay in state and suit up for Stanford? Stay tuned.

UNC Basketball 2020 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Visit?
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Visit?
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 9/20
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 Dickinson C 7'2 255 4-Star 30 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
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