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UNC Recruiting: Week of June 29th

You probably know about the big news, but a lot more happened this week

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After a few weeks of nothing much happening at all in the recruiting realm for UNC football and men’s basketball, this past week was a relative explosion of news. It started off with the biggest news for the program in a while, Tony Grimes’ commitment to the Tar Heels. But it didn’t stop there, as there was more noise around men’s basketball than there’s been in a while, including a new scholarship offer for the 2022 class. Let’s get into it:

Football:

  • I won’t belabor the point because we’ve already got a couple of places to talk about it, but 5-star cornerback Tony Grimes has committed to being a Tar Heel. He’s got a decision to make after that, though, about whether he starts college this fall or the next. With the ability to graduate high school early with one summer class (presumably senior English, based on how these things usually work), Grimes’ only attachment to high school is the football season. If the Virginia High School League decides to either cancel it or postpone it to spring, which seems reasonably likely at this point, Grimes could very well join the 2020 class on campus this fall, jump-starting his eligibility for the NFL by a year. With legit 4.2 speed and excellent technique, it’s not out of the question that Grimes would be a top-4 cornerback on the team even as a 17-year old.
  • The next announcement on UNC’s radar is fellow Tidewater-area blue-chip prospect George Wilson, a long pass-rusher who would be an excellent replacement for Tomon Fox, whose senior year would be this year if the season takes place. He will announce his decision on July 12th, and the Heels look pretty good for him as well - 5/5 of 247’s Crystal Ball picks are for the good guys.
  • With Grimes’ commitment, UNC now sits 3rd in the Class of 2021 recruiting rankings, and with 17 commitments has a score that would have ranked 11th last year. Things are looking pretty good for a top-10 class when all is said and done.

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:

  • Roy Williams has extended his 3rd offer of the 2022 class, this one to five-star point guard Skyy Clark, who plays at Brentwood Academy in Nashville. Clark’s a true combo guard; not just a point-guard sized scorer but somebody who is equally comfortable leading and facilitating an offense and being an off-ball scoring option. He’s familiar with UNC already, as one of his mentors is fellow Brentwood alumnus Brandan Wright.
  • Additionally, Sports Illustrated has given Clark a space to publicly blog about his life as a high-level recruit, giving us access to his personality in a way that you don’t often see with recruits - and potentially a balm for those who feel like they don’t get to know one-and-done players well enough. Clark seems like a notably good kid, talking in his first post about his realization of the platform he has to be a “freedom fighter” and organizing a protest cleanup in Nashville that was attended by people like Darius Garland, Alex Poythress, and Robert Covington.
  • Roy Williams has also reportedly reached out to 88th-ranked 2022 point guard Mason Manning, which is a departure from the three elite talents in the class that he’s offered so far. It’s not like Williams to move off of the top-25 talent in a class this quickly, because he usually gets to see the lower-ranked prospects while watching the elite ones, but with recruiting right now being what it is right now and in-person evaluation being impossible, I guess strategies have to change.
  • There aren’t really any new developments in the 2021 class. UNC’s biggest need will likely be a taller point guard to share the floor with R.J. Davis, which would point to prioritizing a guy like Hunter Sallis, but there isn’t actually news yet and possibly won’t be until players can take visits in the fall. We’ll let you know when that changes.

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