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UNC Recruiting: Week of 8/3

The rare flip away from Mack Brown, and the hope to replace what was lost

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It’s been a week, huh? It can’t just be me for whom the first week of August has felt particularly taxing in this post-Covid world. Anyways, recruiting isn’t exempt from a crazy week, as UNC saw its first decommitment of the 2021 football class. In basketball, things continue to boil under the surface. Let’s get into it:


  • Offensive lineman Jared Wilson, who previously flipped to UNC from Georgia amidst a coaching shakeup at his position at UGA, announced on Monday that he was re-committing to Georgia. In the broad sense, this isn’t really unexpected; Covid-19 has set the stage for a ton of decommitments and flips as people’s initial urges to stay near home will inevitably get softened if and when restrictions soften. And that it was a player who previously flipped to UNC isn’t surprising, either. It’s unfortunate, though; Wilson was a good prospect.
  • To replace him, I had my eye on Yousef Mugharbil, but he looks more Virginia-bound now. That’s probably why the staff offered Diego Pounds, the next-ranked North Carolina offensive lineman. It’s late for a 2021 offer, but with Mack Brown’s in-state work, anything’s possible.
  • If not Pounds, Bryson Nesbit might be the next commit to fall; the class really doesn’t have too many targets and his recruitment has gone on for a while. His Crystal Balls are universally to South Carolina but I wouldn’t count the Heels out here.

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


  • Class of 2022 lead guard Skyy Clark will be releasing a Top 7 on Friday. Kentucky fans and media look pretty confident about him, but it is early yet and UNC’s got a good record with point guards with hard “C” names recently.
  • Last week, I mentioned Harrison Ingram’s Top 6. Rivals’ Corey Evans helpfully clarified this Top 6 into tiers in his Wednesday mailbag: Stanford and Purdue as the favorites, UNC and Michigan with fighting chances, and Harvard and Howard having some catching up to do. That mostly tracks with what we already knew, and it means campus visits will probably have to be possible before UNC has a chance in this one.

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