Well, that’s one of UNC’s two biggest basketball targets off the board. Brentwood Academy’s Skyy Clark committed to Kentucky on Thursday, leaving just two point guards in the country with a UNC offer. More on that later, though, as first we run through the rest of the world of UNC recruiting, including some updates on committed football prospects.
- Since Drake Maye switched course and pledged to enroll early at UNC for a jump start on learning the offense and a better chance at taking the reins from Sam Howell once he leaves Chapel Hill, there hasn’t been a ton of news for UNC on the recruiting front.
- I’ll use this spot instead to make clear something that I’ve alluded to here in the past: Nobody is committing to anybody in the class of 2022, even though UNC’s and tons of other recruiting powers’ 2021 is all but wrapped up. Out of the top 300 players in the 2022 class according to 247Sports’ composite, just 42 have committed to a school — that’s nothing. Only four schools in the whole country have more than three 2022 commits, even lower-ranked guys who might previously have jumped on the first P5 offer they got. UNC is well behind its 2021 pace for the next class, but that’s not a problem with their recruiting so much as a symptom of the year we’re all experiencing.
- Something did jump out at me while scrolling through that list, though: 4-star outside linebacker Malaki Hamrick, from Shelby, NC, has 1 Crystal Ball prediction that puts him as a lock to commit to UNC whenever he does commit. I think he’s the only player in the class who has any kind of official prediction to UNC, so that’s interesting.
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||16||Hunter Huss||Gastonia, NC||Verbal|
|Eli Sutton||OT||6'7||285||4-star||20||Brentwood Academy||Brentwood, TN||Verbal|
|Tymir Brown||ATH||5'10||166||3-star||32||Jacksonville||Jacksonville, NC||Verbal|
|Gavin Blackwell||WR||6'0||164||4-star||34||Sun Valley||Monroe, NC||Verbal|
|Diego Pounds||OT||6'6||305||3-star||39||Milbrook||Raleigh, NC||Verbal|
|Caleb Hood||ATH||5'11||212||3-star||43||Richmond||Rockingham, NC||Verbal|
|Kobe Paysour||WR||6'1||175||3-star||65||Kings Mountain||Kings Mountain, NC||Verbal|
|J.J. Jones||WR||6'3||195||3-star||81||Myrtle Beach||Myrtle Beach, SC||Verbal|
|Trevion Stevenson||OLB||6'3||217||3-star||85||Phoebus||Hampton, VA||Verbal|
- Unfortunately, after what by all accounts was a seesaw of a recruiting battle, ‘22 (for now) combo guard Skyy Clark has committed to Kentucky. He was apparently ready to commit there in the summer, then got a UNC offer and seriously considered becoming a Heel, before eventually picking the one of the two schools whose campus he’d been on. I wish he could have waited on the decision until he was able to visit UNC’s campus, but I also get wanting to be done with what seems like a particularly exhausting process nowadays (those of you taking and teaching classes on Zoom this year, you know what I mean). All Tar Heel eyes are now on Hunter Sallis, who doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to make a decision for where he’ll be playing in 2021 - which favors UNC if they can get him to campus once all... this is more or less over.
- For the class of 2022, UNC will probably start putting more pressure on Jaden Bradley, the other point guard with a UNC offer. As a North Carolina kid who’s already visited Chapel Hill, his is a recruitment where Roy Williams might have a bit more of a starting advantage than usual.
- Trey Kaufman, the power forward from Indiana, will announce his decision next Friday. There hasn’t been a lot of buzz around him and UNC, and consensus has always been that it was going to be hard to pull him far from home. That said, I don’t think a non-stretch power forward is much of a need for UNC’s recruiting at the moment, particularly given that winter athletes are being given a blanket redshirt.
- That being said, UNC suddenly doesn’t have much of a choice in the matter: Jabari Smith committed to Auburn and Caleb Houstan left the Heels off his final four, so after Kaufman, UNC won’t have any offers out to power forwards in the 2021 class. In fact, they’ll only have three offers left to prospects who haven’t eliminated them.
UNC Basketball 2021 Commitments
|Dontrez Styles||SF||6'6||205||4-star||58||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|
|Hunter Sallis||CG||6'3||165||5-Star||7||Millard North||Omaha, NE|
|Trey Kaufman||PF||6'8||210||4-Star||41||Silver Creek||Sellersburg, IN|
* Thanks to an alert reader who pointed out last week that Trevor Keels left UNC off his final 3 and so can be cut from this table.