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UNC Recruiting week of 8/12: It’s decision day for two big football recruits

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A couple of big announcements coming for UNC football.

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Well, it looks like #ListSZN has come to a close, or at least slowed down significantly. Now, it’s briefly time to pivot our attention back to football, where we’ll get a small wave of commitments from seniors who want to start their senior season without any of the pressure of recruiting; IE players who want to have committed to a school and play their last season of high school ball without any external voices in their heads and mailboxes. Basketball doesn’t start until winter, obviously, so we don’t have the same situation there. Anyways, let’s recap:

Football:

  • Two of the best players in the Carolinas are set to announce their decisions today, and both are perceived to be down to the two states’ flagship public schools. Safety Ja’Qurious Conley from Jacksonville, North Carolina will announce his decision at 12:00 PM and defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway from Conway, SC will follow that with his own commitment at 3:30. Each seems to be leaning towards staying in his own state; Conley has been quiet but visited UNC last and Hemingway has been involved with South Carolina a lot longer with about the same amount of recent attention to both. We’ll let you know in more detail if either or both commit(s) to the good guys.
  • There may literally be nothing else to report. Desmond Evans has a tweet saying “Top 5 coming soon” pinned to his timeline from a week ago, but he hasn’t dropped it yet. UNC will be on it, but we knew that already.

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

Basketball

  • With Ziaire Williams publishing his Top 7, I think that makes most of UNC’s targets having cut down their recruiting lists in the past couple of weeks. By my count, out of 14 uncommitted offered players, 9 have made cut-down lists in the month of August (or the last few days of July). Of the five remaining, Jaden Springer dropped a top 5 and Walker Kessler announced a top 6 in mid-July, and Dawson Garcia, Bryce Thompson, and R.J. Davis have had really good summers to the point where they’re playing catch-up with the slew of new, attractive offers they’ve gotten.
  • Speaking of Walker Kessler, he becomes the first recruit of those 14 to schedule a senior year visit to UNC, announcing four official visits at once to Michigan, Duke, UNC, and Gonzaga in that order. His visit to UNC will be during the weekend of September 20th, when the football team will host App State.

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