The last month of summer vacation is over, folks. With the advent of August, training camps for college football are starting up, time is running out for high school football administrators to make their decisions on whether or not there will be a fall football season, and football coaches are going to have to scale back their recruiting efforts for a bit to focus on the team getting on the field. In other words, we’re going to have a little less to write about in the football section of our recruitcaps for a little while. On the basketball side, though, things might start heating up, because a lot of players are going to want to make their decisions before the basketball season starts, and once campus is in session, it might be unofficial visit time if people can figure out how to get on campus while maintaining social distance. Anyways, let’s get into this week’s news:
- As expected, big-time in-state defensive lineman Payton Page committed to Clemson on Tuesday over finalists UNC and Tennessee. UNC’s running out of targets in the 2021 class, with only offensive lineman Yousef Mugharbhil and defensive lineman Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins really standing out. They currently sit 8th in the 247 Composite recruiting rankings.
- Tony Grimes has officially enrolled at UNC and is part of the 2020 class, by the way. UNC’s got a pretty stacked backfield, but he might be the most talented of the bunch and could get snaps right away.
- With no other real updates, let’s take a second to appreciate that Jay Bateman is listed as 247’s 8th best recruiter in the country. In addition to being a mad genius of a defensive coach, he’s also putting in work to get the kinds of players on the defensive side of the ball that UNC hasn’t really seen since before 2010.
UNC Football 2021 Commitments
|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|
- The big news, of course, is that UNC’s offer pool in the 2021 class has increased by one with a scholarship offer now out to Indiana 4-star wing/forward Trey Kaufman. Kaufman is a solid, face-up forward of the kind that UNC will be missing after Garrison Brooks’ graduation (Dontrez Styles will provide some of this, but he’s slightly more wing than forward while Kaufman is the opposite). The Heels will have to fight off local Louisville, Indiana, and Purdue for his services, but there is a solid history of Heels from Indiana under Roy Williams.
- Harrison Ingram, point forward extraordinaire and one of my personal favorite players in the class, will be announcing a Top 6 tomorrow. Purdue and Stanford are supposed to be his leaders because of their academic/engineering reputations, but UNC seems to be somewhere in the thick of it.
- In terms of communication, Roy Williams will apparently host Kennedy Chandler on a Zoom call on Monday, according to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers. We don’t know much else about what the staff has been up to, though.
UNC Basketball 2021 Commitments
|Dontrez Styles||SF||6'6||205||4-star||52||Kinston||Kinston, NC|
UNC Basketball 2021 Offers
|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|