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UNC Recruiting: Week of 5/18

Last night’s football commitment is the big news, but there’s other stuff going on in the recruiting world

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 24 Pitt at North Carolina Photo by Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Happy Gemini season, everybody! (Look, when we’re all home, you’ve gotta find anything to be able to celebrate) You’ll have seen our articles on the two big pieces of recruiting news for this week, but for everything else, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s get into what UNC fans should know about this past week:

Football:

  • The big news of the week was the commitment of wide receiver J.J Jones, which Jake covered last night. Jones is a tall deep threat in the vein of Mack Hollins, in my opinion, and I think he’s the only non-elite (according to recruiting services) out-of-state guy Mack Brown’s staff have prioritized thus far, speaking volumes about how much they like him despite his rankings.
  • Defensive end prospect Zaire Patterson will be announcing his destination on Tuesday. Like I said last week, nobody really knows with him, but when Clemson’s in a battle, it’s a good bet that they’ll win it. Can’t rule out UNC with the absurd in-state momentum they’ve got going on, though.
  • 247 updated their rankings for defensive prospects earlier this week, to the benefit of several UNC commits. Most notable was RaRa Dillworth, jumping nearly 100 spots in 247’s in-house rankings to join the top 150 players in the country and the 8th-ranked outside linebacker. You’ll see that reflected below, but not replicated, because we use 247’s Composite position ranking, not their in-house ranking - he’s jumped from 18th to 12th. Jahvahree Ritzee also saw a noticeable bump.

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

Basketball

  • The big news here is Roy Williams’ second offer to a local ballplayer in the Class of 2021, D’Marco Dunn out of Fayetteville. I covered that when it happened, but the long and short is that Dunn is a shooter and a winner, and both of those are things you can’t have enough of. We’ll see how this recruitment progresses, as Dunn has been racking up offers recently.
  • Patrick Baldwin, the wing ranked 3rd overall in the class, recently discussed his Top 10 in depth with Evan Daniels. His Top 10 are UNC, Duke, UW-Milwaukee (where his father, Pat Baldwin Sr, is head coach), Virginia, Wisconsin, Georgetown, Kentucky, Northwestern, Michigan, and UCLA. Of interest here is that he lists UNC as one of the five (four if you don’t count his dad) schools recruiting him the hardest, and mentions recent pro wings like Cam Johnson and Justin Jackson as positives about UNC, as well as Roy Williams’ history of player development. It’s hard to know where this recruitment is headed at all, but those aren’t bad signs.

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 57 Kinston Kinston, NC

UNC Basketball 2021 Offers

Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Name Position Height Weight Rating National Ranking School Location
Chet Holmgren C 7'0 190 5-Star 2 Minnehaha Academy Minneapolis, MN
Patrick Baldwin Jr. SF 6'8 190 5-Star 3 Hamilton Sussex, WI
Kennedy Chandler PG 6'1 160 5-Star 15 Briarcrest Christian Memphis, TN
Harrison Ingram SF 6'7 200 5-Star 17 St Marks Dallas, TX
Trevor Keels SG 6'5 210 5-Star 18 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA
Hunter Sallis CG 6'3 165 4-Star 30 Millard North Omaha, NE
D'Marco Dunn SG 6'4 180 3-Star 146 Westover Fayetteville, NC