The Tar Heel coaching staff received some good news when 3-star offensive tackle Joshua Ezeudu committed to UNC last Friday. The Georgia product has been rising up draft boards and looks like a very good pass protector, something the Tar Heels will very much appreciate after their offensive line’s combination of injury and performance woes last year. Ezeudu isn’t the big offensive tackle target of this class, that being William Barnes, but he is a good player in his own right and will make a fine Tar Heel. Here is a link to his senior season highlights on Hudl.
Speaking of Barnes, the staff continues to pursue him and teammate Ed Montilus (OG) of Apopka, Florida. Buzz seems to be trending slightly UNC’s way of late; every prediction for him on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball that has been made in 2018 has predicted that he will be a Tar Heel. This includes several writers who cover schools in Florida, which lends it some credence beyond wishful thinking, though it should of course be taken with a grain (or more) of salt. Barnes and Montilus are very likely to come as a package, and Montilus has been drawing similar buzz for UNC. For fans who were frustrated with UNC’s ability in the trenches, this recruiting cycle may go a long way towards propelling the Heels towards more dominant line play.
Besides them, there are a few big targets left in the class of 2018. The most notable are linebacker Dax Hollifield, defensive tackles Rick Sandige and Jamarcus Chatman, and wide receiver Antoine Green. Hollifield would be one of the crown jewels of this class; he is a top-tier player at a position of need who is from North Carolina. His decision will be between UNC, Stanford, and Virginia Tech, but there is no indication that any of those schools leads over the other. The others have even cloudier recruitments, with several potential landing spots and less narrowed-down lists.
And finally, according to Inside Carolina, UNC will host its first and likely biggest Junior Day for the class of 2019 this weekend. More information about this is not available to the public at this time.
With the 2018 class all but wrapped up, it seems as though Roy Williams is shifting his focus to the 2019 class. On Tuesday, Roy Williams was in Austin, Texas to watch five-star big man Will Baker, making Baker one of very few uncommitted 2019 prospects that Williams has visited multiple times. It is clear that he is very invested in this kid, and based on his ability and style, it’s not hard to see why.
It will be interesting to see if Roy Williams or his staff will have taken any other visits during this long break between games. Other than that, there is not a ton of basketball news at the moment.