Football recruiting seems to have gone quiet as the team prepares to take on Notre Dame and hopefully collect their second win of the season. What news has dropped this week is a bit on the awkward side. Quarterback Tyler Shough committed to North Carolina in June, but in a surprising turn, he was spotted on Oregon’s campus earlier in the week. Shough was seen taking in the Ducks’ football facility, a team that is desperate for more 2018 quarterback depth. There’s nothing wrong with him exploring all his options, but don’t explore too far!
On the basketball side of recruiting, the talk around town is obviously the commitment of five-star small forward Nassir Little. In the wake of UNC jumping from no. 19 class to the no. 1 in the 2018 recruiting class, the team not only gets significantly better, but Roy Williams’ recruiting toolbox increases as well. The Tar Heels haven’t attracted any top 20 prospects in awhile until now, and Little’s commitment shows that Chapel Hill is a destination for elite players after all. The presence of Little can also attract other elite prospects to the Tar Heels.
Since our last update, five-star small forward Scottie Lewis released his top 12 list, and it included a lot of schools you wouldn’t expect to see from a no. 6 overall talent in the 2019 recruiting class. North Carolina made the cut alongside the usual suspects of Duke, Florida, Kansas, and Kentucky. However, he also included Harvard, Maryland, Seton Hall, Stanford, St. Johns, and Villanova, so he has a lot of different types of schools to choose from.
Roy Williams offered six-foot-ten center Will Baker last week, but now the four-star recruit has something to say about North Carolina. Asked about some of the schools who have been recruiting him, he said about UNC “it’s awesome to get an offer. I honestly don’t know a whole lot about their program, but I’m definitely going to learn a lot more. I’m pretty interested in them.”
Considering he won’t be a college student until 2019, this is just the very beginning of his recruitment. Hopefully Roy can establish a relationship with him over the next few years and bring him in.