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UNC football recruiting: Defensive tackle Alim McNeill names North Carolina in his top 10

Can UNC get McNeill to commit?

NCAA Football: Ohio State at Wisconsin Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Tar Heels are in contention for Alim McNeill as the defensive tackle announced his top 10 list of schools this week. On Thursday night, McNeill released a list that includes Clemson, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, UNC, and Virginia Tech. He made this decision after narrowing his options down from 35 different offers.

McNeill first impressed the Tar Heels in June of 2016 during the team’s annual Freak Show showcase. Since that time, he has received a scholarship offer to attend UNC. He also visited campus in February, March, and May of this year in anticipation for his final decision.

Considered to be a four-star talent, McNeill is said to be a powerful and athletic player on the field. He is the no. 207 player in the class of 2018, according to the national composite, and the 19th-best player at his position. The six-foot-two, 207-pound Raleigh native is also the 10th-best talent in his home state.

If the Tar Heels can rope in McNeill, his commitment would go a long way toward replacing Nazair Jones, who was just drafted last month. If all goes as expected, Jeremiah Clark will be laying down blocks in his senior year alongside McNeill. As of right now, UNC has offensive tackle Avery Jones, athlete Dyami Brown, offensive linebacker Payton Wilson, and defensive end Chris Collins committed for the 2018 recruiting class. Will McNeill join their ranks?