It’s a slow time for recruiting in football and basketball; it’s too early in the cycle for most high school football players to be worried about making decisions and basketball coaches (at least, the ones good enough to be there) are focused more on their postseason than on recruiting. So we don’t have a ton of new news for you on the recruiting front this week. That said, it’s not completely bare, either, so here’s your weekly update on all things Tar Heel recruiting:
- The next big target for the Heels after their first three commitments is Salisbury linebacker Jalon Walker, but the tea leaves don’t look great for him. He’s announcing his commitment in about a week and all his predictions are prognosticating him ending up in Clemson. UNC’s been able to pick and choose almost at will from the state of North Carolina in the past couple of years except for when Clemson has been interested, and getting some wins on that front is going to be key if the program is going to take the next step from where they are now. Travis Shaw, the 5-star defensive lineman, would be an excellent place to start.
- UNC continues to mine Virginia for its talent, and the latest target getting UNC buzz is pass-rushing linebacker Bryson Jennings from Midlothian, near Richmond. All the information about him is premium-locked in 247Sports, but I do know he’s a Virginia Tech legacy — and UNC has been stealing a ton of Virginia Tech’s presumptive recruits lately. I guess the Dax Hollifield revenge tour hasn’t stopped running yet.
UNC Football 2022 Commitments
|Malaki Hamrick||OLB||6'4||205||4-star||12||Shelby||Shelby, NC||Verbal|
|Tayon Holloway||CB||5'11||170||4-star||15||Green Run||Virginia Beach, VA||Verbal|
|Tychaun Chapman||WR||5'10||160||4-star||20||Princess Anne||Virginia Beach, VA||Verbal|
|Trevyon Green||OT||6'7||338||3-star||51||Life Christian Academy||Colonial Heights, VA||Verbal|
- The biggest news to report here is something I missed last week. Courtney Banghart found success this year in the grad transfer market to supplement a roster where the only players she’d recruited were freshmen, as Stephanie Watts and Petra Holesinska have been invaluable to this year’s team. It seems she’s going to keep doing that to at least some degree next year, as Princeton point guard Carlie Littlefield announced that she would be grad transferring to UNC. Littlefield will be reuniting with the college coach who recruited her out of high school and coached her for two years in college, and UNC will get a 2-time First Team All-Ivy performer who’s known for her defensive intensity, sharp shooting, and is familiar with playing point guard the way Banghart likes it played. Paired with an incoming recruiting class ranked 3rd in the country, UNC could be in for a really nice season next year.
- On the men’s side, there really isn’t anything to say. De’Ante Green could still commit any day, though at this point it probably won’t be until after the tournament and post-season rigamarole, given that’s what Roy Williams is going to be focusing on until it’s over. Other than that, all is quiet on the Western front, so to speak.
UNC Basketball 2021 Commitments
|Dontrez Styles||SF||6'6||205||4-star||58||Kinston||Kinston, NC||Signed|
|D'Marco Dunn||SG||6'4||180||4-star||79||Westover||Fayetteville, NC||Signed|
UNC Basketball 2021 Offers
|Chet Holmgren||C||7'0||190||5-Star||1||Minnehaha Academy||Minneapolis, MN|
|Patrick Baldwin Jr.||SF||6'8||190||5-Star||3||Hamilton||Sussex, WI|
|Hunter Sallis||CG||6'3||165||5-Star||7||Millard North||Omaha, NE|