This probably goes without saying, but sometimes college sports recruiting can be an unusual entity sometimes. To be more specific, sometimes college recruits have a harder time than others making a firm decision as to what school they are going to play for. When this happens, schools end up in situations like UNC found themselves in this week, but at least from what we could tell Mack Brown and his staff were prepared for what transpired.
For those that may not know by now, three-star 2021 OL Jared Wilson has de-committed from UNC and has re-committed to play for Georgia. Wilson initially committed to the Bulldogs last November before deciding that he was going to flip his commitment to UNC this past February. According to 247Sports UGA’s coaches stayed on Wilson even after he flipped to the Heels, now all of their hard work has paid off.
As mentioned before, however, the writing was certainly seen on the wall by Mack Brown and his staff, and that is why Tuesday UNC offered three-star offensive lineman Diego Pounds.
Pounds is a 6’6 305-lb offensive tackle that currently plays for Millbrook High School in Raleigh, NC. He is rated as the 36th best offensive tackle in the country and the 26th best at the position in the state according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He hasn’t gotten incredibly far in his decisions about where to go to college, as his list of schools is still pretty lengthy. Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Tennessee, Miami, LSU, Oregon, Penn State, Alabama, Appalachian State, Florida, Auburn, Michigan, Duke, and NC State are all schools still in play for the in-state tackle.
To say that UNC is late to the party for pounds is an understatement, as Pounds’ list of potential schools is pretty loaded. Mack Brown and his staff are going to have to put in a lot of work to convince him that staying in North Carolina and helping the team move into the national spotlight will be the best move for him. Still, it’s better late than never, and the way that Mack Brown has been able to work his magic since returning to Chapel Hill has left little room for doubt that he’s able to make the improbable happen. Here’s hoping that he can win the NC native over and continue his dominance on the in-state recruiting trail.