Perhaps the biggest news in recruitment is the departure of Annie Hanson, Assistant Athletic Director for Recruiting Operations & External Affairs for a job at her alma mater, the University of Oklahoma. In layman’s terms, she made sure the recruiting process ran smoothly.
She was a pivotal part of a staff that persevered past negative recruiting from other schools to bring in the 29th ranked overall class in 2017, and a 2018 class that could end up being even better. It’s a big—yet anticipated—loss.
Jaylen Joyner, a three-star defensive lineman out of Orlando, said UNC was #1 on his list over UCF and Florida Atlantic, according to Inside Carolina. North Carolina offered Joyner on May 1.
At six-foot-four, 250 pounds, Joyner is better than his three-star rating. He has both the strength and speed to get the edge on any offensive tackle, and his versatility will frustrate offensive coordinators for years to come. Check out his highlights below.
On August 25, UNC offered Harrison Taylor, a six-foot-four, 240-pound linebacker from Georgia. Taylor is unranked and hasn’t had many P5 offers, so UNC should vault to the top of his list. However, with a frame like that, there is a massive upside with him. If the coaches can develop him like they have with other unheralded players (Mack Hollins, Nick Weiler, etc.), Taylor could find himself plenty of playing time in Chapel Hill.
Nate Laszewski, a six-foot-ten forward out of Massachusetts, set his official visit to UNC for September 23rd. Laszewski is a stretch 4 who, if given the green light to shoot from the outside, will be the type of perimeter-oriented big man we hardly ever see out of a Roy Williams team.
This guy would be an exciting addition to what is shaping up to be a flashy, dangerous 2018 squad. You can read all about Laszewski in Tar Heel Blog’s coverage of the announcement.
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