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UNC Recruiting week of 8/31: The Tar Heels are in strong contention for 2021 CG Hunter Sallis

Roy Williams is inching closer to potentially landing his next elite guard.

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to this week’s recruiting update! Now that September is here, things have opened up for football programs across the country. What does this mean? It means that we should get more good news from Mack Brown before we close out the 2020 calendar year. There is now word from a reputable source that one of the current basketball recruits has a good chance of becoming a Tar Heel. Let’s go ahead and dive into this week’s news.


  • This week college football programs across the country were officially permitted to communicate with players in the class of 2022. As expected, Mack Brown and his staff started reaching out to a number of players in order to get an early start in the recruiting process. While we don’t know for sure who all Mack Brown reached out to, there were a few tweets from high school players that were shared, and the graphics being sent to the players to use for social media are predictably awesome:
  • General communication wasn’t the only activity that took place this week when it comes to the 2022 class. Walton High School cornerback Marcus Allen received an offer from UNC, adding to what is a fairly impressive list of schools.

Allen is a 6’2, 165-lb defensive back out of Marietta, GA. As of right now there are no rankings for him, but he has received offers from schools like Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, Duke, Wake Forest, and Iowa.

  • Allen wasn’t the only recruit in the 2022 class to receive an offer from the Tar Heels. Here are a couple other players that made scholarship announcements:

Cameron Williams is a four-star offensive tackle that currently plays for Duncanville High School in Duncanville, TX. He is another player with some hefty offers from schools like Tennessee, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Michigan. Three-star safety Dainsus Miller out of Fairburn, GA is also getting a good amount of attention. He currently holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

UNC Football 2021 Commitments

Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Name Position Height Weight Rating Positional Rank School Location Status
Keeshawn Silver DE 6'5 275 5-star 4 Rocky Mount Rocky Mount, NC Verbal
Drake Maye QB 6'5 210 4-star 6 Myers Park Charlotte, NC Verbal
DeAndre Boykins S 5'11 200 4-star 6 Central Cabarrus Concord, NC Verbal
Power Echols ILB 6'1 206 4-star 6 Vance Charlotte, NC Verbal
Raneiria Dillworth DB/LB 6'2 185 4-star 7 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 15 Hunter Huss Gastonia, NC Verbal
Gavin Blackwell WR 6'0 164 4-star 27 Sun Valley Monroe, NC Verbal
Eli Sutton OT 6'7 285 4-star 21 Brentwood Academy Brentwood, TN Verbal
Tymir Brown ATH 5'10 166 3-star 33 Jacksonville Jacksonville, NC Verbal
Diego Pounds OT 6'6 305 3-star 38 Millbrook Raleigh, NC Verbal
Caleb Hood ATH 5'11 212 3-star 43 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 85 Phoebus Hampton, VA Verbal


  • In a move that has become an annual tradition to this point, Roy Williams is after yet another top-tier combo guard. Five-star 2021 guard Hunter Sallis is being sought out by the Tar Heels, as well as big-time players like Kentucky and Gonzaga. Right now Sallis doesn’t have any solid projections as to where he will attend, at least according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but 247Sports analyst Jerry Meyer shared his prediction in his mailbag this week.

There seems to be a good chance that Hunter Sallis does end up at UNC. I think we have some time before a decision, and there are quite a few schools in hot pursuit of the athletic and talented five-star guard.

North Carolina has put a lot of work into recruiting Sallis, and I like their positioning. Hometown Creighton is a factor. Kentucky recently offered. Kansas and Oregon also are major players in his recruitment.

I’m not ready to place a Crystal Ball prediction, but I do lean to North Carolina at the moment.

Sallis received an offer from Roy Williams on April 28th of this year. He is the eighth-best player in the country, and is the second-best combo guard in the 2021 class. Needless to say, landing Sallis would be huge for the Heels with Caleb Love’s one-and-done departure being the likely conclusion to the 2020-21 season.

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 5 Sandy Creek Tyrone, GA
Caleb Houstan SF/PF 6'8 200 5-Star 7 Montverde Academy Montverde, FL
Harrison Ingram SF 6'7 200 5-Star 10 St Marks Dallas, TX
Hunter Sallis CG 6'3 165 5-Star 8 Millard North Omaha, NE
Trey Kaufman PF 6'8 210 4-Star 55 Silver Creek Sellersburg, IN

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
D'Marco Dunn SG 6'4 180 4-star 79 Westover Fayetteville, NC