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UNC Recruiting: Week of 7/1

It feels too late to talk about the 2019 class, and yet here we are...

High School Basketball: McDonald’s All American Jamfest Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

I hope everybody had a safe and happy 4th! Last week, we had a lot of updates for you on the charts, with a litany of football commitments in the 3rd week of June and Roy Williams handing out a bunch of offers about the same time. Things have slowed down now, and probably won’t get faster before school starts up again, since most of July is a recruiting dead period for both football and basketball. Probably for the best; these kids deserve at least a part of their summer that’s free from the process. That said, let’s get into our updates:


  • UNC added a commitment from Clyde Pinder, Jr, a defensive tackle from Seffner, Florida (just outside Tampa). Pinder becomes UNC’s highest commitment so far from the 2020 class on either side of the trenches; he’s rated as the 426th-best player in his class in the country via the 247Sports composite, and is a 4-star player in ESPN’s ratings, making their top 300. Based on camp tape, he’s got both a relentless motor and really good skill with his hands and feet, and could blossom into a very good player. He’s got a near-college ready body already, despite being a little undersized for a nose tackle at just 6’0.
  • InsideCarolina has released free-to-the-public clips of various UNC commits and targets at its Showtime camp from early-ish June, so check out highlights from Desmond Evans, Malik McGowan, Josh Downs, Jacolby Criswell, Jefferson Boaz, Ray Grier, Elijah Burris, Trey Zimmerman, LaMareon James, and Drake Maye. Maye and Evans are the only two on that list not currently committed to UNC.
  • Speaking of camps, Criswell took a visit to the Elite 11 Camp and stood out positively, according to his peers and evaluators. His peers ranked him, after 4 days, as the 4th best QB at the event (players voted on this instead of coaches for the first time since the camp’s inception) and 247’s staff rated him 7th, and in a crowd consisting of some of the nation’s best quarterbacks, those are very impressive rankings for him.

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


  • Brandon mentioned last week that there is a chance that Puff Johnson reclassifies into the college class of 2019 due to some eligibility issues with his high school. If that ends up being the case, I would not expect Johnson to join UNC’s 2019 class; it’s obviously very full, the team has already started practicing together, and it doesn’t seem Roy Williams’ style. Johnson is definitely a priority for 2020, though: according to Rivals’ Corey Evans, he was in Chapel Hill for a good portion of last week working out and observing practices.
  • Speaking of the 2019 class (still?), check out this highlight video of Cole Anthony playing 1v1 with likely Hall of Famer Carmelo Anthony (and an unidentified third player, probably another high school-aged kid):

There’s not much to be gained from the defense part of these clips, because Melo has at least 5 inches on Cole, a significant advantage in body development, and is one of the best iso players we’ve ever seen. If anything, it’s impressive that Cole was able to keep him from blowing by him, unlike the third player.

  • There are a few recruiting events in July for basketball, so we’ll keep you posted about any new developments during those.

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