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National Signing Day, but not really

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It doesn’t appear there will be any late additions to North Carolina’s 2020 recruiting haul.

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The “official” National Signing Day came and went on Wednesday, and the contents of North Carolina’s 2020 recruiting class did not change at all.

As a much more interesting trend from a macro perspective, the February signing period has essentially been rendered obsolete by December’s “Early Signing Period.” Players who don’t sign with their school of choice in December now fight the stigma of not actually being committed, and risk losing their spot if they choose not to sign. As such, 93 of the 247 Composite’s top 100 players in this class signed in December. Among the top 250 players, only 16 made it to February without a National Letter of Intent signed.

The third week in December is now National Signing Day, and the one that took place yesterday has precious little impact on the national picture as a whole— or the North Carolina Tar Heels. With that said, some talking points:

  • Coming in to the day, Carolina’s class ranked 19th per 247Sports. South Carolina ranked 17th, but 5* defensive lineman Jordan Burch may or may not have actually signed with the Gamecocks. If he goes elsewhere (rumor has it that LSU made a late push) the Heels will jump to 18th.
  • Longtime commit Elijah Burris, a running back from Mountain Island Charter in Charlotte, NC, will unfortunately not be a part of the Heels’ class. It appears he signed with Hampton, and without knowledge of the full details, we’ll leave it at that. The Heels did sign D.J. Jones and Elijah Green for the position in December.
  • After a strong push from Miami, the Hurricanes finished ranked 13th in the country (after entering the day 18th.) As such, the Heels finish with, comfortably, the 3rd-ranked class in the ACC. For the rest of the conference: Clemson finished 3rd, Florida State 22nd, Georgia Tech 26th, N.C. State 41st, Louisville 42nd, Pitt 44th, Virginia 50th, Syracuse 59th, Duke 60th, Wake Forest 61st, Boston College 62nd (nice clustering there)...and Virginia Tech finished 70th.
  • On Virginia Tech: Justin Fuente’s comments on the transfer portal yesterday raised some eyebrows— given that the coach was openly campaigning for the Baylor head coaching job just three weeks ago.
  • Per our friends at Banner Society, Carolina was the 2020 state champ for recruiting— not high praise given what we already know, but always nice to be recognized.
  • In a way-too-early look at the 2021 class, the Heels rank 4th with the commitments of 4-stars Dontavious Nash and Power Echols, and 3-star Caleb Hood. The (again, way too early) average star rating of the Heels’ commits ranks 2nd in the conference behind Clemson. The Tigers have nine commitments (all blue-chippers) already, Miami has seven, and Boston College is sitting a surprising 3rd in the conference with four early commits. The next commitment for N.C. State, Louisville, or Syracuse will be the first for next year’s class.
  • If we are to still consider the February Signing Day an event, look no further than the top of the rankings. In solidifying some commitments from many of the elite players left on the board, Georgia jumped Alabama and Clemson for another February national championship. Oregon joined Miami with a pretty big jump into the mid-teens, and now that the dust has officially settled...how is Clay Helton still employed? Southern Cal finished 55th in recruiting, behind all but the bottom-feeders of the Power 5.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s Recruitcap, as Akil will look back, and forward, at this class and more.