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UNC Recruiting: Week of 7/20

Tony Grimes’ effect on class rankings, and other news

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Earlier this month, I reported that Tony Grimes, the five-star Virginia Beach cornerback in the 2021 class, was going to graduate from high school early and join UNC this year, rather than in 2021. Everything’s still on track for that, according to this article from InsideCarolina, and Grimes is set to enroll in August. 247Sports have updated his profile page accordingly, and below we’ll see what that means just in terms of numbers, and also other recruiting news from the week. Read on!

Football:

  • Grimes goes from being the 7th-ranked player in the 2021 class per the 247Sports Composite to the 48th-ranked player in the 2020 class, a reflection of how much stronger the ‘20 class was than the ‘21 class — Grimes’ actual number rating, and thus his effect on a class’ ranking, is the same. We haven’t really considered that the ‘20 class is as strong as it was, because in North Carolina, the inverse has been true, but this gives us some perspective. With his addition, Mack Brown’s first full class goes from 19th in the country to 13th. His 2021 class, ranked 3rd for the few weeks that Grimes may have been in it, is now ranked 7th with 17 commitments, and with only a few more serious targets, looks much less certain to be a top-10 class than it did 3 weeks ago. It’ll likely end up in the top 15, though, and starting out with two top-15 classes is a heck of a way to start your second life at UNC if you’re Mack Brown.
  • The day after our last recruitcap, pass rusher Trevion Stevenson flipped to UNC from Pittsburgh, softening the blow of not landing George Wilson from the same area and position. He’s obviously a big UNC fan already, so he’s certainly a culture fit for this NC-strong class, and with the staff being as selective as it’s being with committable offers, he’s probably a solid player, too.
  • Last week, Brandon mentioned the Miami-committed kicker, Andres Borregales, as a flip candidate for UNC after the staff offered him a scholarship. This week, he confirmed that he would not flip from Miami and shut down his recruitment. The Heels aren’t hurting at kicker at the moment, but it would have been nice to get one of the top-rated kickers in the class. Oh, well.

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 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
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 14 Hunter Huss Gastonia, 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
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
Trevion Stevenson OLB 6'3 217 3-star 87 Phoebus Hampton, VA Verbal

Basketball:

  • The only real news this week is that Keeshawn Silver, who you’ll see in the above table is one of Mack Brown’s top 2021 pledges, announced that he’d also be walking on to the basketball team, following in the footsteps of Greg Little and Julius Peppers, among others. Silver, at 6’5 and 255 pounds, profiles as an undersized but strong power forward. I don’t know how many rebounding battles he can win, but he’s not going to get moved off his spot by a lot of college players. We likely won’t see much of him for his football conditioning’s sake, but he might make a fun appearance sometime.
  • In terms of players to watch for UNC commitments, we might have to wait a while for Hunter Sallis, who’s said he wants to wait until fall and possibly until he’s allowed to take visits to commit anywhere. According to Corey Evans of Rivals, there are rumblings that UNC “is a bit of a dream school” for Sallis, so I like the Heels’ chances, but it’s probably not going to happen for a while. UNC looked pretty decent with Caleb Houstan before he reclassified, too, but once a player reclassifies they probably know where they’re going and it’s probably not UNC, given Roy Williams’ recent history.

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 52 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 1 Hamilton Sussex, WI
Chet Holmgren C 7'0 190 5-Star 2 Minnehaha Academy Minneapolis, MN
Jabari Smith PF 6'10 210 5-Star 4 Sandy Creek Tyrone, GA
Caleb Houstan SF/PF 6'8 200 5-Star 8 Montverde Academy Montverde, FL
Kennedy Chandler PG 6'1 160 5-Star 11 Briarcrest Christian Memphis, TN
Harrison Ingram SF 6'7 200 5-Star 13 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
Trey Kaufman PF 6'8 210 4-Star 59 Silver Creek Sellersburg, IN
D'Marco Dunn SG 6'4 180 4-Star 70 Westover Fayetteville, NC

Note: 247Sports does not have Houstan listed with a UNC offer since his 2021 reclassification announcement, but Rivals does. Since UNC definitely has room for a wing in the 2021 class, I’m going with Rivals’ interpretation until told otherwise.