North Carolina’s regular season might be over, but recruiting is still going strong for them as 2016 comes to an end. Now that the staff is no longer traveling with the team, coaches had a chance to meet with potential recruits around the country. The Tar Heels visited two players this weekend and more are sure to follow.
Defensive backs coach Charlton Warren went to visit four-star cornerback Deommodore Lenoir in Los Angeles. Lenoir is an interesting case because the Army All-American officially committed to Oregon back in June, just went for his official visit at the end of October, and has now officially decommitted from the program. The decision comes after weeks of uncertainty surrounding the football program before head coach Mark Helfrich was fired.
Now that Lenoir has opened his recruiting back up, the Tar Heels have their work cut out for them. Before the commitment, Lenoir had narrowed his decision down to 10 schools, including Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, Alabama, LSU, Florida and San Diego State. He also received nearly 30 offers, and North Carolina was not among them. Maybe he starts from scratch to give UNC even footing, or maybe him meeting with them just days before announcing his decision means something. For now we just have to wait.
As for Lenoir’s abilities on the field, the five-foot-ten, 191-pound defensive back ranks as the 94th best overall talent and the 10th best cornerback in the 2017 football class. He also sits at No. 11 in the state of California. If North Carolina brings him into the fold, he will join fellow 2017 cornerbacks Tre’ Shaw and Traivon Leonard.
Running backs coach Larry Porter went to visit All-Purpose Back Darrian Felix in Fort Myers, Florida this weekend. Following the in-home visit, Felix has decided to take an official visit to Chapel Hill this coming weekend. Hopefully that means things went well. He has also visited Tennessee and Oregon—growing up a Ducks fan—in recent months, but with both programs in flux right now, this might be UNC’s best opportunity to try and slip into the conversation.
At five-foot-eleven, 194-pound, the three-star talent has experience as both a running back and a cornerback. He may sit 620th overall and No. 82 in the state of Florida, but he is considered to be the No. 7 All-Purpose Back in the 2017 class. Like Lenoir, Felix would join fellow cornerbacks Shaw and Leonard, if he were to commit to the program. However, his experience would also put him up against running backs Antwuan Branch and Michael Carter too.