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UNC Recruiting: More lists!

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High School Basketball: Geico Nationals Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports

Don’t say I didn’t warn you that this update was going to be pretty listy. The list-releasing has not slowed down since it started in last week’s recruiting recap, especially in basketball. What can I say? School’s about to start for high school kids; it’s a great time to narrow your focus if you’re not quite ready to commit. Anyways, here we go.


  • UNC’s biggest fish in the 2020 class, pass rusher Des Evans, has said that he’s ready to release a top 5. He’s starting to feel like the football version of Cole Anthony for UNC, where every indication for months has been that he’s all but locked in to being a Tar Heel, but he’s being deliberate enough with the process to make us sweat. That feeling is only intensified when the UNC team in question isn’t a perennial recruiting powerhouse. Evans visited Virginia Tech recently, but before that, took something like 5 visits to UNC without seeing any other school. It still looks relatively safe, but it’s still early goings.
  • We covered Kedrick Bingley-Jones’ commitment on Saturday. UNC’s apparently aiming for a huge defensive line class in 2019, between him, hopefully Evans, Myles Murphy, a Clyde Pinder, AJ Beatty, and potentially Tonka Hemingway, with whom the Heels are locked in battle with South Carolina. Jacolbe Cowan is also on the staff’s wishlist, though he looks fairly enamored with Ohio State.
  • Speaking of South Carolina, now’s as good a time as any for our first mention of how vital the UNC-SCAR matchup at the end of this month is for recruiting. The two haven’t been this tightly knit in recruiting for a while, with South Carolina playing and recruiting at a level they haven’t seen for some time and UNC renewing its own interest in players from the Carolinas. A head-to-head matchup will mean a lot to recruits in both states, particularly if Mack Brown turns UNC around to the point where the programs are comparable in winning otherwise.

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


  • Well, here come the lists: UNC made the following prospects’ cut-downs: Hunter Dickinson’s Top 7 (Florida State, Purdue, UNC, Notre Dame, Louisville, Providence, Michigan; missed this one last week), Puff Johnson’s Top 7 (Arizona, Pittsburgh, UNC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Louisville, Miami), Caleb Love’s Top 6 (UNC, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Arizona, Louisville), Isaiah Todd’s Top 5 (Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, UNC, Memphis), and Greg Brown’s Top 5 (Kentucky, UNC, Memphis, Auburn, Texas).
  • We’re still waiting on one from Ziaire Williams, which should come soon. None of these lists tell us too much we didn’t know about the schools that seemed to lead for these guys, but it is interesting that Kentucky has now shown up for Greg Brown. They weren’t in his Top 10 and it’s not totally clear he has an offer from Jim Calipari at all.
  • Speaking of Kentucky, Cam’Ron Fletcher committed to the Wildcats on Sunday. Such is life. UNC’s still got a host of wing offers out, several to players ranked higher than Fletcher.
  • Visits might start getting scheduled this month, with the massive July Dead Period over with. Caleb Love’s family has already expressed interest in setting up an official with UNC basically ASAP, and he’s likely not the only one. We’ll see how this goes.

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