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UNC football recruiting: Nine days and counting until National Signing Day

Weekend happenings with Tar Heel football recruiting targets

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UNC football recruiting status for the 2017 class as of Monday, January 23:

Early enrollees: 7

Committed, but unsigned: 12

Commitments looking shaky: 1. Malik Robinson visited Indiana this weekend. He does continue to tweet about UNC. Don’t interpret “shaky” as “gone.”

Uncommitted recruits known to be “on the board” for UNC: 4

Current UNC recruiting class consensus ranking: 22

Two players on North Carolina’s recruiting board – albeit ones that, as forecast in our Signing Day cheat sheet, were not high-probability UNC signees – announced commitments to other ACC schools.

Devon Hunter, an elite safety from Chesapeake, Virginia, committed to Virginia Tech on Friday. The Hokies were widely considered the frontrunner for Hunter. He was generally considered a 4-to-5 star talent and had a consensus rating of 45th overall in the 2017 class. Hunter’s commitment moves Virginia Tech’s class to a ranking of 20th overall.

Far more surprising was the commitment of Jaquan Henderson, previously a Tennessee commitment, to Georgia Tech. Although it was clear that Henderson was open to changing his commitment to someone other than the Volunteers, few observers considered Georgia Tech to be Henderson’s most likely choice. Henderson, however, is an Atlanta native, and playing in his hometown seems to have proven to be a major factor in making his decision.

News on the Tar Heels known remaining recruits:

Ameer Speed, 6’3”, 195 lbs CB, Jacksonville, FL: Visited Georgia this weekend. Speed has indicated he’s picking between UNC, Virginia Tech, and Oregon (where he’ll visit next week). It’s unclear whether his visit to Georgia got the Bulldogs into the mix.

A.J. Davis, 5’11”, 190 lbs RB, Lakeland, FL: Visited Louisville this weekend. The Cardinals seem to be a serious contender for Davis. Like Speed, he’s also planning to visit Oregon.

Dazz Newsome, 5’10”, 165 lbs CB, Hampton, VA: Newsome reportedly did not visit Virginia Tech this past weekend as planned. Given that Newsome decommitted from Maryland after visiting UNC, the trend for the Tar Heels is very positive.

Tim Jordan, 6’0”, 187 lbs RB, Bartow, FL: Jordan visited Tennessee this weekend and seemed to enjoy himself. His tweet notwithstanding, the Tar Heels are very much in it for Jordan.