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UNC recruiting: Recapping the week of 9/25

Basketball recruiting is weird right now

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Football

As UNC’s football season continues to spiral out of control, recruiting has seemingly slowed. Four-star defensive end Khris Bogle announced this week that he has received an offer from North Carolina. The Fort Lauderdale resident ranks 210th nationally in the 2019 recruiting class.

The Tar Heels also may have drastically changed the recruiting process for one 2018 recruit. Defensive end Harrison Taylor isn’t rated and was deciding between Rutgers, Temple, Appalachian State, Colorado State, Charlotte, and Tulane, but an offer by UNC has changed everything for him. Larry Fedora must see something he likes.

Dax Hollifield is another step closer to making his final decision now that he has scheduled his official visits. The four-star linebacker will visit Florida State this weekend before heading to South Carolina for the weekend of October 7. He will then visit Chapel Hill on October 21.

Basketball

The world of basketball recruiting is currently on fire, considering everything that is going on with the FBI’s investigation into Adidas and college basketball. As a result, several players have decommitted from Louisville and other recruits have distanced themselves from the program.

The Cardinals have already lost 2018 guards Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey, and while it would be nice to see the Tar Heels benefit from this, UNC isn’t likely to pick up either player. UNC wasn’t in contact with either of them, so it’s likely that they have better relationships with other programs. The investigations are ongoing, though, so it’s likely that other programs end up in trouble as well.

In related news, 2018 shooting guard Romeo Langford will no longer be considering Louisville. According to his father, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, Vanderbilt, UCLA, and North Carolina are still very much in consideration. Roy Williams only just recently paid Romeo a visit at his home, so this only helps the team’s chances of bringing him in. Good job, Pitino.

One odd thing that seems to be something to watch is Nassir Little’s status. He apparently tweeted that he would be opening up his commitment from Arizona in light of these investigations, but he quickly deleted the tweet. What’s weird is that he was never actually committed, but people already expected him to be a Wildcat.

When you consider that two schools he has been involved with (Arizona and Miami) are under investigation and the director of his AAU team is currently in jail, it might be time to wonder if Little is involved, and if the FBI will name him in their investigation. Roy Williams just visited Little at his home, so how do the Tar Heels handle this from here?

Five-star power forward Simi Shittu has set the dates for his official visits. He will visit Vanderbilt on October 6, followed by Arizona on November 3, and North Carolina on November 10.

Two of the top prospects in the class of 2019 were visited by Roy Williams earlier this week at the Ranney School in New Jersey. Five-star combo guard Bryan Antoine and five-star small forward Scottie Lewis are ranked no. 7 and no. 6, respectively, in their class. They have naturally drawn the attention of many of the biggest programs in the country, so it’s good that the Tar Heels are trying to establish an early relationship.