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UNC Recruiting: Roy Williams is on the move

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With September finally here, basketball recruiting season is in full force

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Maybe the biggest story around UNC recruiting is something we’ve already covered, so go check out Brandon’s article about the uncertainty surrounding Cade Cunningham. Other than that, with school in session, Roy Williams is hitting the recruiting trail hard, with several in-home visits and lots of campus visits set up for upcoming weeks. Let’s take a look:

Football:

  • There isn’t really anything concrete with football recruiting that’s come out recently, but we can sure tell that recruits are enjoying the new atmosphere in Kenan and the team’s newfound winning ways. This might be my favorite recruiting picture ever, and 2021 4-star receiver Gavin Blackwell needs to sign with the Heels ASAP:
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With the games against App State and Clemson in upcoming weeks bringing in lots of football and basketball recruits, the same energy would be much appreciated. 2020 is shaping up to be a phenomenal class based on new coach inertia, but winning will be vital to keep it going into 2021 and beyond.

UNC Football 2020 Commitments

Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location
Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location
DE 6'4 280 4-star 6 Dudley Greensboro, NC
QB 6'1 218 4-Star 9 Morrilton Morrilton, AR
ILB 6'4 225 4-Star 14 Cosby Midlothian, VA
DT 6'5 266 4-Star 14 Providence Day Charlotte, NC
DB 6'0 183 4-Star 21 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
S 6'2 190 4-Star 24 Northside Jacksonville, NC
WR 5'10 165 4-Star 35 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
TE 6'3 210 3-Star 13 Roswell Roswell, GA
TE 6'4 230 3-Star 23 Stuart W. Cramer Cramerton, NC
DT 6'0 303 3-Star 39 Armwood Seffner, FL
RB 5'11 190 3-Star 56 Pine Forest Fayetteville, NC
OT 6'6 294 3-Star 37 Roswell Roswell, GA
DE 6'5 250 3-Star 38 Central Catholic Pittsburgh, PA
RB 5'10 190 3-Star 55 Blessed Trinity Catholic Roswell, GA
OG 6'4 315 3-Star 77 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
WR 6'1 204 3-Star 68 South Point Belmont, NC
CB 5'10 170 3-Star 46 Indian River Chesapeake, VA
DE 6'1 243 3-Star 90 Hart County Hartwell, GA
OLB 6'2 190 3-Star 86 Ardrey Kell Charlotte, NC
ATH 6'8 230 3-Star 38 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC
RB 5'10 210 3-Star 94 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC
WR 6'4 170 3-Star 126 Sumter Sumter, SC
CB 5'11 160 3-Star 162 Lee County Sanford, NC

Basketball

  • We’ll start off again with the Cunningham news. As Brandon’s article states, a lot of national writers are claiming that they can’t remember a case where a school hired a highly coveted recruit’s family member and didn’t get that recruit. I’ve got two, for what it’s worth: Garrison Brooks was maybe not at the level of a Cunningham or a Danny Manning, but he famously decommitted from Mississippi State, where his father was a coach, to attend UNC. That case is also a little bit different because of an apparent parental dispute, where his mom was very pro-UNC, but consider the case of Malik Monk, who signed with Kentucky while his brother was a graduate assistant for Arkansas. Not just while, but directly because: some sources, including the first person to break Monk’s commitment, have said that Marcus steered Monk away from Arkansas because of “distractions.” John Calipari and Kentucky are still putting a lot of resources into Cunningham, so take all this for whatever it’s worth to you. I think it’s worth keeping a couple eyes on.
  • Bryce Thompson wrapped up a UNC official visit this past weekend. All the specifics are behind a paywall, but Thompson seems pretty happy:

Remember, Thompson is the recruit who was offered by Steve Robinson because Robinson and Thompson’s dad have such a close relationship. UNC seems to have good odds here.

  • Since then, Roy Williams has been on the road. He’s gone in-home with Cunningham, Caleb Love, RJ Davis, Dawson Garcia, Earl Timberlake, and Hunter Dickinson, all in the past week. He seems to be putting a particular emphasis on lead guards to replace Cole Anthony in 2020-21, as those first three all share a position. They could play beside each other, but Roy’s clearly on the hunt for a 2020 ballhandler before anything else. Big men, too, understandably, are a focus, as Day’Ron Sharpe will need somebody to play off of.
  • Moving over to 2021, offered forward Paolo Banchero announced that he’ll have a top 9 coming soon. That’ll give us a handle on what his recruitment will look like going forwards. An elite West Coast guy is something UNC fans don’t have too much experience with following closely.
  • Caleb Love has also quietly cut his list from 6 to 4, eliminating Arizona and cancelling a visit to Indiana. UNC, Missouri, Kansas, and Louisville remain. He says he wants to have a decision made before the high school basketball season starts, so that’s exciting.

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 19 South Central Winterville, NC

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 2 Montverde Academy Arlington, TX (hometown) 9/27
Ziaire Williams SF 6'7 175 5-Star 4 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA
Greg Brown III PF 6'9 195 5-Star 7 Vandegrift Austin, TX
Isaiah Todd PF 6'10 195 5-Star 11 Trinity Academy Raleigh, NC
Jaden Springer SG 6'4 195 5-Star 15 IMG Academy Charlotte, NC (hometown) 9/27
Walker Kessler C 6'10 225 5-Star 14 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA 9/20
Bryce Thompson SG 6'5 175 5-Star 18 Booker T. Washington Tulsa, OK 9/6
Caleb Love PG 6'3 170 5-Star 20 Christian Brothers College St Louis, MO 9/20
DJ Steward PG/SG 6'3 165 4-star 25 Whitney Young HS Chicago, IL
Earl Timberlake SF 6'6 215 4-Star 27 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
Hunter Dickinson C 7'2 255 4-Star 33 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
Dawson Garcia PF 6'11 220 4-Star 29 Prior Lake Prior Lake, MN
Puff Johnson SF 6'7 185 4-Star 46 Moon Area HS Coraopolis, PA
R.J. Davis PG 6'0 155 4-star 55 Archibishop Stepinac White Plains, NY 10/11