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UNC football recruiting: North Carolina gains four commits at Freak Show camp

The Tar Heels brought in a big haul of defensive backs

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At Saturday’s Freak Show camp, the Tar Heels gained an additional three commits to the class of 2018. Those players include cornerback DeAndre Hollins, safety Javon Terry, and athlete Trey Morrison.

The three-star DeAndre Hollins had been considering the Tar Heels for awhile now. At the end of May, he released a top eight that also included Tennessee, Louisville, Michigan State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and UCF. He is considered the 139th-best cornerback from 2018 and is the 195th-best player from Florida.

As it turns out, Terry must have had his focus fixed on North Carolina from the beginning. He visited campus in September, February, and March before committing in person during camp. The three-star talent is the 914th-best player on the national level, he’s no. 69 among safeties, and he’s the 35th best player from North Carolina.

Morrison, meanwhile, received offers from more than 20 different programs before deciding to commit to UNC. Another three-star talent, he is the 107th-best athlete in the 2018 recruiting class and the 127th-best player from his home state of Georgia. Despite his designation as an athlete, Morrison is expected to serve as a cornerback.

It’s good to see North Carolina focusing so much on recruiting defensi ve backs after they lost several key players there this season. Safety Dominquie Green and cornerback Des Lawrence both graduated following the 2016 season. M.J. Stewart and Donnie Miles remain rostered, but neither will be around beyond 2017. Replacements will need to be found for the longterm.

These three commits join the school’s other recruits to form a rather healthy 2018 class of nine players so far. There were many other players who attended the Freak Show this weekend, so expect some more commitments to be announced before too long.

Things didn’t stop there, though, as 2019 defensive end Hakeem Beamon also committed to North Carolina before he left campus. The Chesterfield, Virginia native is the schools first commit for the 2019 recruiting class. It can only be expected that more are on the way.