The University of North Carolina is in the running for another 2018 recruit after cornerback DeAndre Hollins released his top eight schools. The list, released Sunday on Twitter, includes UNC alongside Tennessee, Louisville, Michigan State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and UCF.
The three-star Hollins doesn’t rank very high on the national composite compiled by 247 Sports. He’s only at 1,308 in the country, though he ranks better among cornerbacks (121st) and in his home state of Florida (186th). Despite those uninspiring rankings, Hollins has seen no shortage of interest. The six-foot-two, 172-pound athlete had nearly 20 offers on the table before he made his announcement this weekend. The Tar Heels, for their part, offered him in April.
Back in April, he named Virginia Tech as the leader, citing the consistent contact they have maintained with him throughout the recruiting process. However, asked if there was a team that could potentially unseat them, he specifically mentioned North Carolina. At the time their relationship hadn’t been been established yet, but he seemed very interested in what they offered him. Now that he’s narrowed his choices to eighth schools, Hollins plans on visiting them in July. He then plans to release a top five after he sees the schools he wants to see.
The Tar Heels just lost cornerback Des Lawrence to graduation, but M.J. Stewart will return for his senior season. Freshman Tre Shaw has a strong chance to get some playing time this year, but Hollins will be needed in 2018. Hopefully the Tar Heels can impress him enough to leapfrog the Hokies and get his commitment this summer.