It’s a quiet time in recruiting in both football and basketball, as most of the action is in recruiting players for the 2019 class and beyond. Still, there is some news worth sharing, and here it is:
InsideCarolina has been busy with football recruit profiles lately, and while many of them are premium-locked, a look at the headlines gives an indication of some trends we might see as the upcoming classes begin to take shape. There is the usual emphasis on offensive and defensive skill positions, with plenty of receiving, rushing, and defensive back talent on the staff’s radar. One point of interest is that the team will lose Brandon Fritts after this season, so the staff is likely looking at potential tight ends. The most recent IC headline details that tight ends coach Chad Scott visited 3-star TE Nick Gallo from Pennsylvania on Saturday, and there may be more in the future. Local product Chris Toudle has also received interest, and though he is a receiver at his high school, has the frame to convert to tight end in the future.
UNC has shown interest in pro-style quarterback Sam Howell, though this seems to be more out of obligation to top in-state talent than anything else. Otherwise, they seem to be happy with the current plan at quarterback with Jace Ruder and Cade Fortin coming in with the 2018 class; at least one of them will certainly redshirt in 2018.
The big news in recruiting as far as the state of North Carolina, though, is that Quavaris Crouch, of Harding University High School in Charlotte, has moved to the top spot on Rivals’ latest recruiting rankings. Crouch is currently listed as a running back, but has stated that he isn’t sure he’ll continue to play that position, for a myriad of reasons. At 6’2 as a junior in high school, he may soon be too tall for the position. He has also noted the contract struggles between Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers as a deterrent from playing running back in the future, as well as the general physical toll of playing running back. A switch to defensive end or linebacker could be in his future, both of which figure to be positions of need for the Tar Heels in the near future. He is sure to be a priority for Larry Fedora and his staff moving forward.
Late 2018 target E.J. Montgomery, after his unofficial visit to the Dean Dome for the Notre Dame game, has said that he will take an official visit to UNC as well. He also will take official visits to Duke and Kentucky, and a fourth to either Georgetown or Wake Forest, per Paul Biancardi of ESPN. The skilled five-star power forward would bolster UNC’s frontcourt next year, adding both another floor-stretching option and a lengthy presence inside. Roy Williams and company will have a tough time tearing him away from Kentucky and Duke, the latter of whom has drawn all of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions since Montgomery’s decommitment from Auburn.
Coby White received his McDonald’s All-American Game jersey, adding to the accolades he has collected this year:
Coby White receives his McDonald’s All American game jersey pic.twitter.com/LRG4f0Cwvx— Jonas Pope IV (@JEPopeIV) February 21, 2018
It’s been an emotional, incredible year for White, and we at THB cannot wait for him to officially join the Tar Heel family.