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UNC Recruiting: Week of 5/28

Some visits approach, including Larry Fedora’s Freak Show, but it’s the summer.

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While we’re constantly on offer/commitment watch here at THB, you’ll have to excuse us for a few slow weeks on the recruiting front, because it’s the beginning of the summer. High schoolers all around the country are relaxing, taking a few weeks to not really worry about their futures, and we shouldn’t begrudge them that. That said, UNC fans have a few events to look forward to this summer, and there’s been some movement as far as that goes.

Football

Commitments

2019

Giovanni Biggers
Safety
6’1, 180 lbs
The Boys Latin School (Baltimore, MD)
Three-Star (#591 National Ranking, #43 Positional)

Drew Little
Deep Snapper
5’11, 230 lbs
North Stanly (New London, NC)
Two-Star (#2,061 National Ranking, #2 Positional)

Coleman Reich
Safety
6’0, 185 lbs
Ledford (Thomasville, NC)
Three-Star (#1,269 National Ranking, #100 Positional)

Allen Smith
Linebacker
6’3, 205 lbs
Grayson (Loganville, GA)
Three-Star (#1,237 National Ranking, #102 Positional)

Recruiting Notes

  • 4-star quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (no relation, as far as we can tell), from Mississippi, visited UNC’s campus last Friday, and the school rocketed up to the top of his list, according to Inside Carolina. Plumlee has taken a ton of unofficial visits already, including to Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, Clemson, Florida, and Alabama. He holds offers from all of those programs except for Clemson, so to put UNC at the top says a lot about the effect campus had on him. He is likely to return to Chapel Hill for Larry Fedora’s annual Freak Show.
  • Speaking of Fedora’s Freak Show, the event is less than 3 weeks away. We’ll keep you updated on what to look for as it arrives.

Basketball

Offers

2019

Armando Bacot
Center
6’10, 240 lbs
Trinity Episcopal School (Richmond, VA)
Five-Star (#21 National Ranking)

Will Baker
Center
6’9, 220 lbs
Westlake (Austin, TX)
Five Star (#17 National Ranking)

Keion Brooks
Small Forward
6’8, 185 lbs
North Side (Fort Wayne, IN)
Five Star (#27 National Ranking)

Vernon Carey Jr.
Power Forward
6’9, 245 lbs
University School (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Five-Star (#2 National Ranking)

Matthew Hurt
Power Forward
6’9, 199 lbs
John Marshall Senior (Rochester, MN)
Five-Star (#4 National Ranking)

Wendell Moore
Small Forward
6’5, 210 lbs
Cox Mill (Concord, NC)
Five-Star (#24 National Ranking)

Josh Nickelberry
Shooting Guard
6’4 175 lbs
Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, NC)
Four-Star (#53 National Rank)

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Power Forward
6’9, 235 lbs
Bishop Miege (Mission, KS)
Five-Star (#26 National Ranking)

2020

Day’Ron Sharpe
Power Forward
6’8 220 lbs
South Central (Winterville, NC)
Unranked

Commitments

2019

Jeremiah Francis
Point Guard
6’3, 190 lbs
Pickerington Central (Pickerington, OH)
Four-Star (#51 National Ranking)

Recruiting Notes

  • 2019 wing prospect Keion Brooks is planning on visiting UNC’s campus sometime this summer. UNC is fighting with a lot of heavy hitters on this one, including Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville, and home state Indiana. He’s had ample opportunity to see the schools in the Midwest and Rust Belt due to living in Indiana, so showing him everything the Southern Part of Heaven has to offer is imperative.
  • Last but not least, we’d like to take a moment to recognize James Hampton. The Charlotte-based high school player collapsed on the court during Nike’s EYBL event this past weekend and died after being taken to the hospital. Our deepest condolences go out to Hampton’s family, friends, and teammates.