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.
- 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
|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|
- 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
|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
|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|