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:
UNC @warriordad4 @TarHeelFootball @NorthAugustaFo1 #BeTheOne #WallpaperWednesday pic.twitter.com/O6xoXsfpSS— Chase Tillman (@chasetillman_) September 2, 2020
- 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.
After a great conversation with @CoachBateman I’m thankful to my teammates & coaches for helping me to earn an offer from @TarHeelFootball #TARH22LTAKEOVER @WaltonRecruits @dareu_i @Mansell247 @ChadSimmons_ @jeffsentell @BrooksAustinSI @RecruitGeorgia @RivalsJohnson pic.twitter.com/ON8fgRDKKu— Marcus X Allen (@MarcusXAllen7) September 2, 2020
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:
After a great conversation with @warriordad4 I’m blessed to receive an offer from @TarHeelFootball!! #AGTG #UNC pic.twitter.com/yuzVckaurJ— Cameron Williams (@BigCamWill) September 3, 2020
Blessed to receive an offer from The University Of North Carolina #GoHeels @CoachMac38 @coachdixon54 @drebly_32 @ChadSimmons_ pic.twitter.com/ZwPRxs6nxe— Dainsus Miller (@DainsusM) September 3, 2020
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
|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
|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
|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|