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UNC Recruiting: Week of 8/10

A quiet week as training camp gets into gear and basketball season feels like forever away

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Ordinarily, August is a pretty busy recruiting month, because of the subset of high schoolers who want to have their decision made before the school year starts and they’re distracted by school — especially for football, whose season is about to start as school starts. But this year, there’s enough distraction that this isn’t necessarily the case. UNC’s just about done with the 2021 football class, apparently, and its basketball targets all seem to be happy to take their time at least into the fall. But let’s get into what we do know:


  • After the NCHSAA’s announcement that high school football will be delayed until at least February of next year, we started seeing a wave of UNC’s 2021 class saying they’d be enrolling early despite not being able to play their senior seasons. Since a vast majority of the class is from North Carolina, they’re all affected by this. So far, Jahvaree Ritzie, Raneira Dillworth, Power Echols, Dontavius Nash, and Keeshawn Silver have announced that they will forgo their senior season of football, as has J.J. Jones, who’s from South Carolina but will have similar constraints. Others are likely to follow.
  • Notably, Drake Maye told the Charlotte Observer a few weeks ago that he was committed to playing his senior season no matter when it’s played, so that’s an offseason of prep he’ll lose in the fight to replace Sam Howell in 2022.

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


  • Point guard Kennedy Chandler will be announcing his commitment decision about 2 hours from the publication of this article, apparently on SportsCenter as well as on his Instagram Live. UNC is in his Top 6, but signs are pointing towards him staying in his home state and choosing Tennessee.
  • Skyy Clark has announced that he’s staying in the 2022 class amid talk of reclassifying, which only helps UNC’s chances. Kentucky is still the odds-on favorite for his services, but especially if he stays in ‘22, this from Corey Evans’ roundup is promising: “I believe [reclassifying] would be in favor of Kentucky but do not sleep on North Carolina with Clark.”

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