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UNC Recruiting: Week of 9/28

Looking ahead with another basketball commitment

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After weeks of not much changing in our recruiting recap tables, finally, there’s been some good, tangible news for the Heels: D’Marco Dunn, who plays high school ball in Fayetteville, has committed to play for UNC. With his primary target at shooting guard into the fold, Roy Williams is far from done and will now redouble his efforts at recruiting a point guard for 2021, but a class of two looks twice as good as a class of one. On the football side of things, 2022 continues to be way behind 2021 thanks to the pandemic, but there is some movement as well. Let’s get into it.

Football

  • After Diego Pounds’ commitment, Mack Brown and staff seem to have two targets left in this class: defensive tackle Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins and tight end Bryson Nesbit. They’ve both been really quiet lately, but Crystal Ball predictions have Ingram-Dawkins likely going to South Carolina, his home state school. Nesbit’s more of a wild card, with SCar, UCLA, and UNC all looking like legitimate options. I can’t imagine there are a ton of North Carolina prospects who have been wooed to California, but it honestly doesn’t look impossible here.
  • I’ve mentioned before that at this point last year, UNC’s 2021 class already had multiple high-profile commitments. COVID-19 has obviously slowed this down on both ends; UNC obviously hasn’t been able to look at junior practices or game film, and players have been delaying their recruitments until they can take visits. It doesn’t help, either, that North Carolina doesn’t have nearly the amount of in-state talent for the 2022 class as it has had the past two classes, the the staff likely hasn’t been able to get out of the state for evaluations to supplement the 2022 class. So that’s where that is. It’s a little worrying to not have any 2022 commitments, but particularly with this year acting as a blanket redshirt for all college football players, a much smaller class generally might not be out of the question.

UNC Football 2021 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Keeshawn Silver DE 6'5 275 5-star 4 Rocky Mount Rocky Mount, NC Verbal
Drake Maye QB 6'5 210 4-star 6 Myers Park Charlotte, NC Verbal
DeAndre Boykins S 5'11 200 4-star 6 Central Cabarrus Concord, NC Verbal
Power Echols ILB 6'1 206 4-star 6 Vance Charlotte, NC Verbal
Raneiria Dillworth DB/LB 6'2 185 4-star 7 Glenn Kernersville, NC Verbal
Gabe Stephens DB/LB 6'3 205 4-star 11 Mountain Charter Mt. Holly, NC Verbal
Kamarro Edmonds RB 5'11 200 4-star 11 Havelock Havelock, NC Verbal
Jahvaree Ritzie SDE 6'4 1/2 274 4-star 12 Glenn Kernersville, NC Verbal
Dontavius Nash S 6'2 170 4-star 15 Hunter Huss Gastonia, NC Verbal
Gavin Blackwell WR 6'0 164 4-star 27 Sun Valley Monroe, NC Verbal
Eli Sutton OT 6'7 285 4-star 21 Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN Verbal
Tymir Brown ATH 5'10 166 3-star 33 Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC Verbal
Diego Pounds OT 6'6 305 3-star 38 Millbrook Raleigh, NC Verbal
Caleb Hood ATH 5'11 212 3-star 43 Richmond Rockingham, NC Verbal
Kobe Paysour WR 6'1 175 3-star 59 Kings Mountain Kings Mountain, NC Verbal
J.J. Jones WR 6'3 195 3-star 80 Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC Verbal
Trevion Stevenson OLB 6'3 217 3-star 85 Phoebus Hampton, VA Verbal

Basketball

  • D’Marco Dunn has doubled the number of 2021 commitments to Roy Williams and the Tar Heels, and as he was UNC’s only remaining offered shooting guard, it’s a big win for UNC. The wing/guard position looks to be getting pretty deep for 2021 and beyond, with a freshman Dunn, redshirt sophomore Anthony Harris, and sophomore Kerwin Walton all being primarily 2 guards and R.J. Davis being capable of sliding off-ball as well.
  • Skyy Clark’s October 22nd announcement is the next milestone for this UNC class; by all accounts he’s picking between UNC and Kentucky. With Hunter Sallis telling reporters that he’s not going to announce anything until spring, all UNC fans’ eyes should be on Clark right now. In a reversal of how these things usually go, Kentucky has been on Clark much longer, but it looks like the UNC offer is the one that really shook his recruitment up. Does that mean that we might also see a reversal of the lately usual result of UNC-Kentucky recruiting competitions? It’s very unclear, but all we can do is hope.
  • Meanwhile, Roy’s also looking hard for a wing-forward type to pair with Dontrez Styles. Trey Kaufman and Caleb Houstan seem pretty receptive to UNC, and they’re both big wings/small bigs. Neither of their recruitments have really been updated in a while, though.

UNC Basketball 2021 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Dontrez Styles SF 6'6 205 4-star 52 Kinston Kinston, NC
D'Marco Dunn SG 6'4 180 4-star 79 Westover Fayetteville, NC

UNC Basketball 2021 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Patrick Baldwin Jr. SF 6'8 190 5-Star 1 Hamilton Sussex, WI
Chet Holmgren C 7'0 190 5-Star 2 Minnehaha Academy Minneapolis, MN
Jabari Smith PF 6'10 210 5-Star 5 Sandy Creek Tyrone, GA
Caleb Houstan SF/PF 6'8 200 5-Star 7 Montverde Academy Montverde, FL
Harrison Ingram SF 6'7 200 5-Star 10 St Marks Dallas, TX
Hunter Sallis CG 6'3 165 5-Star 8 Millard North Omaha, NE
Trey Kaufman PF 6'8 210 4-Star 55 Silver Creek Sellersburg, IN