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UNC Recruiting: Courtney Banghart gets another top-50 player

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Catch up on the latest UNC recruiting news here!

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Welcome to summer! With the solstice having occurred last week, we’re now officially in the hottest part of the year, and that much closer to UNC’s fall athletes getting on campus for summer classes and training camp. Meanwhile, though, UNC’s coaches are still working the recruiting trail, with Courtney Banghart securing another five-star talent and Mack Brown aiming to get one himself. Let’s get into it:

Football:

  • The biggest news in football recruiting right now concerns UNC, as five-star cornerback Tony Grimes changed his decision date from December 1st to June 30th - 4 days from now. There was some speculation that an early commitment could lead to Grimes graduating from high school early and reclassifying to the 2020 class, but according to Dawg Nation, since the state of Virginia will resume high school sports this fall, that’s no longer happening. Both Rivals and 247 overwhelmingly predict that the Tidewater product will commit to UNC, getting cornerbacks coach Dre Bly a huge recruiting win in his home area. The addition of Grimes would virtually secure UNC’s 2021 class’ spot in the top 15, likely the top 10, and put the nation on notice that Mack Brown and staff are in the hunt for elite out-of-state talent, too. We’ll have more on this if/when it happens.
  • After that, be on the lookout for fellow Virginia Beach-area outside linebacker George Wilson, whose commitment date is July 12th. He’s not a lock for UNC, but it’s not unlikely, either. He’d also be a huge addition to the squad, which doesn’t have a ton of pass rushers lined up past incoming blue-chipper Desmond Evans.

UNC Football 2021 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Tony Grimes CB 6'0 180 5-star 1 Princess Anne Virginia Beach, VA Verbal
Drake Maye QB 6'5 210 4-star 5 Myers Park Charlotte, NC Verbal
Keeshawn Silver DE 6'5 236 4-star 5 Rocky Mount Rocky Mount, NC Verbal
DeAndre Boykins S 5'11 200 4-star 6 Central Cabarrus Concord, NC Verbal
Power Echols ILB 6'1 206 4-star 8 Vance Charlotte, NC Verbal
Raneiria Dillworth DB/LB 6'2 185 4-star 9 Glenn Kernersville, NC Verbal
Gabe Stephens DB/LB 6'3 205 4-star 11 Mountain Charter Mt. Holly, 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 14 Hunter Huss Gastonia, NC Verbal
Kamarro Edmonds RB 5'11 200 4-star 12 Havelock Havelock, NC Verbal
Gavin Blackwell WR 6'0 164 4-star 20 Sun Valley Monroe, NC Verbal
Eli Sutton OT 6'7 285 4-star 20 Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN Verbal
Jared Wilson OG 6'4 325 3-star 22 West Forsyth Clemmons, NC Verbal
Tymir Brown ATH 5'10 166 3-star 30 Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC Verbal
Caleb Hood ATH 5'11 212 3-star 44 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

Basketball:

  • Courtney Banghart is making serious moves. UNC’s 2021 women’s basketball class might end up being one of the best in program history - UNC hasn’t recruited three five-star players in a class since 2013, and that’s just the start of Banghart’s first full class with the Heels. Soon after getting commitments from wing players Destiny Adams and Teonni Key, Banghart struck again with the pledge of five-star guard Morasha Wiggins, from Kalamazoo, Michigan:

Wiggins, the 50th-ranked prospect in her class according to HoopGurlz, is a certified bucket-getter from all three levels who will complement UNC’s new style and her fellow incoming recruits perfectly. This class is shaping up to be really exciting.

  • On the men’s side, there’s not much new to report, as Roy Williams is likely using this time at home both to further his connections to the prospects he’s already offered and to survey from a distance those he’s considering. We know how selective Williams is with his offers, and how much he hates offering a player he hasn’t really talked to, so we really have no idea of knowing what’s going on from the program side. From the players’ side, there hasn’t been much news either - no new Top Whatever lists, no interesting interviews, nothing. We’ll update you when we get something to update you on.

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 53 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
Patrick Baldwin Jr. SF 6'8 190 5-Star 2 Hamilton Sussex, WI
Chet Holmgren C 7'0 190 5-Star 3 Minnehaha Academy Minneapolis, MN
Kennedy Chandler PG 6'1 160 5-Star 11 Briarcrest Christian Memphis, TN
Harrison Ingram SF 6'7 200 5-Star 15 St Marks Dallas, TX
Trevor Keels SG 6'5 210 5-Star 16 Paul VI Catholic Fairfax, VA
Hunter Sallis CG 6'3 165 5-Star 19 Millard North Omaha, NE
D'Marco Dunn SG 6'4 180 4-Star 73 Westover Fayetteville, NC