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UNC Recruiting - Week of 2/13: Two football commitments highlight UNC’s recruiting efforts

Two more 4-stars committed to Mack, while a 5-star SF unofficially visited the basketball program

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The basketball team continued to struggle this week and UNC football lost a key recruiter when Tim Brewster left for the swamplands of Florida, but all is not lost. Both programs had eventful weeks on the recruiting trail. Football continues to grab elite in-state talent, while basketball continues to shape their wishlist for 2021.


  • Let’s start with the big news. In case you missed it, UNC grabbed their fourth and fifth commitments for the 2021 class. Gabe Stephens, a four-star defensive back and linebacker from Mount Holly, NC, committed to UNC last Friday afternoon. 247 Sports considers him a top-10 prospect in the state.
  • Wide receiver Gavin Blackwell, an ESPN300 prospect, followed suit on Monday. Blackwell is Sam Howell’s former high school teammate out of Sun Valley High School in Monroe, NC. He is UNC’s first wide receiver to commit for this cycle and their fifth overall.
  • Both of those commitments were notable, not just because of their talent level, but also for the timing of the announcements. As we noted last week, former TE coach, high-profile recruiter, and social media aficionado Tim Brewster left Chapel Hill for the Florida Gators. That departure was unexpected, and early reactions indicated this would be a big blow to UNC’s staff. The addition of Blackwell and Stephens, plus the quick hiring of former FSU and UGA tight ends coach John Lilly, should calm any panic. Oh, and Lilly’s first tweet brought a smile to all our hearts.
  • Evan Pryor, a top running back target, listed UNC in his final six. It’s notable that UNC is the only North Carolina program listed for the ESPN300 in-state product. No timeline has been announced for a decision.
  • Another in-state four-star recruit made an announcement last night. Linebacker Raneira Dillworth was named to the Under Armour All-American game. Dillworth recently picked up an offer from Alabama, but has UNC listed in his top-5.

UNC Football 2021 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
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
Keeshawn Silver DE 6'5 236 4-star 7 Rocky Mount Rocky Mount, NC Verbal
Power Echols ILB 6'1 206 4-star 9 Vance Charlotte, NC Verbal
Gabe Stephens DB/LB 6'3 205 4-star 10 Mountain Charter Mt. Holly, NC Verbal
Raneiria Dillworth DB/LB 6'2 185 4-star 12 Glenn Kernersville, NC Verbal
Dontavius Nash S 6'2 170 4-star 14 Hunter Huss Gastonia, NC Verbal
Kamarro Edmonds RB 5'11 200 4-star 15 Havelock Havelock, NC Verbal
Gavin Blackwell WR 6'0 164 4-star 21 Sun Valley Monroe, NC Verbal
Eli Sutton OT 6'7 285 4-star 22 Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN Verbal
Kobe Paysour WR 6'1 175 4-star 60 Kings Mountain Kings Mountain, NC Verbal
Jared Wilson OG 6'4 325 3-star 19 West Forsyth Clemmons, NC Verbal
Tymir Brown ATH 5'10 166 3-star 28 Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC Verbal
Caleb Hood ATH 5'11 212 3-star 58 Richmond Rockingham, NC Verbal
J.J. Jones WR 6'3 195 3-star 77 Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC Verbal


  • It’s been relatively quiet for the UNC coaching staff in recent weeks. With just five offers out for the 2021 class, UNC’s efforts haven’t quite ramped up. That’s not unusual and with the April evaluation period quickly approaching, the offer list will quickly grow. One name to watch is Harrison Ingram.

Ingram is a top-20 recruit and top-5 small forward in the junior class. He recently took an unofficial visit for the Duke game last weekend, and Roy Williams reportedly returned the favor with a trip to St. Marks School in Dallas, TX. Those trips typically indicate an offer has been, or is about to be, extended. There has been no confirmation of an offer.

  • Finally, last Friday Nike released their 2020 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team. Current UNC signees Caleb Love, Walker Kessler, and Day’Ron Sharpe were all named to the squad. They were joined by Ziaire Williams, who is still receiving interest from the UNC coaching staff.

You know. Just in case an extra scholarship opens up this summer.

UNC Basketball 2020 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location Status
Day'Ron Sharpe C 6'10 246 5-Star 14 Montverde Academy Winterville, NC (hometown) Signed
Walker Kessler C 7'0 245 5-Star 16 Woodward Academy Atlanta, GA Signed
Caleb Love PG 6'3 170 5-star 21 Christian Brothers College St Louis, MO Signed
Puff Johnson SF 6'7 185 4-Star 46 Hillcrest Prep Coraopolis, PA (hometown) Signed
R.J. Davis PG 5'11 165 4-star 58 Archbishop Stepinac White Plains, NY Signed