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UNC Recruiting week of 9/23: 2020 five-star Caleb Love’s decision coming next week

It’s increasingly likely that Roy Williams will have three five-star commits under his belt by the end of next week.

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If the last seven days of recruiting haven’t done anything to your heart as a Tar Heels fan, both good and bad, you may need to take a trip to your nearest hospital. Things have been wild in the world of basketball and football recruiting, and this week is going to make things even more interesting. The trail for basketball in particular has started scorching behind the footsteps of Roy Williams, and it just may catch fire completely by the time next week is over. Let’s go ahead and jump into everything that’s been happening in Chapel Hill.


  • 2020 five-star DE Desmond Evans made an unofficial visit to campus this past weekend when the Tar Heels faced off against App State. While there haven’t been many details released on how the visit went, one has to feel pretty good about the fact that he took the time to make it to the game. Evans also is starting to schedule his official visits, so we likely will hear when he plans to visit campus again very soon.
  • Speaking of visits, this weekend is a huge recruiting weekend for football, as recruits from the 2020, 2021, and 2022 class will be in attendance when Carolina takes on the reigning national champion Clemson Tigers. It should be the perfect environment to win over prospects in, as the sold-out crowd will be in rare form to help cheer on the Heels as they try to cause what would be the biggest upset of the college football season so far.
  • 2021 four-star DT Tim Keenan announced via Twitter earliest this week that he has received an offer from Mack Brown and his staff:

Keenan is the 17th best DT in the 2021 class, and is ranked 214th overall. He currently plays at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, AL, and also holds a scholarship from the Crimson Tide as well as LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Texas A&M, and others.

  • Finally, the Heels lost a commitment this week when 2020 three-star CB LaMareon James announced via Twitter that he was re-opening his recruitment:

James initially committed to Carolina back in March of this year, and since then had made a few more trips to campus including just a few weeks ago when he unofficially visited for the Miami game. Now that he is a prospect once again, he has a few good options to revisit for school, such as Virginia Tech, Michigan, and Auburn.

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 6 Dudley Greensboro, NC
Jacolby Criswell QB 6'1 218 4-Star 10 Morrilton Morrilton, AR
Ethan West ILB 6'4 225 4-Star 14 Cosby Midlothian, VA
Kedrick Bingley-Jones DT 6'5 266 4-Star 14 Providence Day Charlotte, NC
Cameron Roseman-Sinclair DB 6'0 183 4-Star 21 Myers Park Charlotte, NC
Ja'Qurious Conley S 6'2 190 4-Star 24 Northside Jacksonville, NC
Josh Downs WR 5'10 165 4-Star 35 North Gwinnett Suwanee, GA
John Copenhaver TE 6'3 210 3-Star 13 Roswell Roswell, GA
Kendall Karr TE 6'4 230 3-Star 23 Stuart W. Cramer Cramerton, NC
Clyde Pinder Jr DT 6'0 303 3-Star 39 Armwood Seffner, FL
D.J. Jones RB 5'11 190 3-Star 56 Pine Forest Fayetteville, NC
Trey Zimmerman OT 6'6 294 3-Star 37 Roswell Roswell, GA
A.J. Beatty DE 6'5 250 3-Star 39 Central Catholic Pittsburgh, PA
Elijah Green RB 5'10 190 3-Star 55 Blessed Trinity Catholic Roswell, GA
Malik McGowan OG 6'4 315 3-Star 77 Charlotte Catholic Charlotte, NC
Ray Rose WR 6'1 204 3-Star 69 South Point Belmont, NC
Kaimon Rucker DE 6'1 243 3-Star 90 Hart County Hartwell, GA
Cedrick Gray OLB 6'2 190 3-Star 81 Ardrey Kell Charlotte, NC
Jefferson Boaz ATH 6'8 230 3-Star 38 East Surry Pilot Mountain, NC
Elijah Burris RB 5'10 210 3-Star 95 Mountain Island Charter Mount Holly, NC
Tylee Craft WR 6'4 170 3-Star 127 Sumter Sumter, SC
Jayden Chalmers CB 5'11 160 3-Star 162 Lee County Sanford, NC


  • If you happened to miss it this week, 2020 five-star center Walker Kessler committed to the University of North Carolina this week. Landing a big five-star recruit like Kessler may have a sizable impact on what the final product of next year’s recruiting class looks like, and a number of the big name players Roy Williams is chasing will be in town for their official visits this weekend.
  • Roy Williams may have the most top-tier recruits visiting this weekend that he’s ever had during his tenure at UNC. Five-star prospects Cade Cunningham, Paolo Banchero, Day’Ron Sharpe, Greg Brown, and Ziaire Williams are all in town for Late Night with Roy, as well as the game against Clemson Saturday. For a more in-depth breakdown of the prospects, check out Jake Lawrence’s piece from earlier this week.
  • One player that won’t be in attendance this weekend is 2020 five-star point guard Caleb Love. This is because he was just in town this past weekend with Walker Kessler, and following the visit cut his final list down to just Missouri and UNC.

Amazingly, this wasn’t the most interesting development to come from Love’s visit to campus. The 247Sports Crystal Ball gave UNC a 100% chance of landing the five-star guard, with one of the voters being recruiting expert Evan Daniels. So far this year he has predicted prospects with 100% accuracy, so his vote could say a lot about where things are with Love.

If that weren’t enough, Daniels reported that Love should make his decision within the next week. Should Love choose the Tar Heels, it will give Roy Williams three five-star commits for the 2020 class with numerous prospects still out there. When thinking about the possibilities of who is left on the board from there, this has the potential to become the best recruiting class that Roy Williams has ever had at UNC. Brace yourselves, because I have a feeling that this fall is going to be really fun.

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 5 Notre Dame Sherman Oaks, CA 9/27
Greg Brown III PF 6'9 195 5-Star 8 Vandegrift Austin, TX 9/27
Isaiah Todd PF 6'10 195 5-Star 12 Trinity Academy Raleigh, NC
Bryce Thompson SG 6'5 175 5-Star 19 Booker T. Washington Tulsa, OK 9/6
Caleb Love PG 6'3 170 5-Star 21 Christian Brothers College St Louis, MO 9/20
Earl Timberlake SF 6'6 215 4-Star 28 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD 10/12
Hunter Dickinson C 7'2 255 4-Star 34 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville, MD
Dawson Garcia PF 6'11 220 4-Star 30 Prior Lake Prior Lake, MN
Puff Johnson SF 6'7 185 4-Star 48 Moon Area HS Coraopolis, PA 11/1
R.J. Davis PG 6'0 155 4-star 57 Archibishop Stepinac White Plains, NY 10/11
Kerwin Walton SG 6'4 170 4-Star 96 Hopkins Hopkins, MN

UNC Basketball 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Walker Kessler C 7'0 245 5-Star 15 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6'10 246 5-Star 19 South Central Winterville, NC
Caleb Love PG 6'3 170 5-star 21 Christian Brothers College St Louis, MO