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UNC Recruiting: Week of 6/11

After last week’s negativity, the news is much happier for UNC football this week heading into Fedora’s Freak Show. Also, Coby White is doing Coby White things.

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UNC football camp season is in full swing, and has already brought with it two new commitments and a bunch of names to watch. This will all come to a head with Larry Fedora’s Freak Show on Saturday, June 16th, which has historically been extremely kind to the Heels in terms of commitments and recruiting momentum. Basketball isn’t quite as exciting at this time, but UNC has a few players of interest currently competing in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.

Football

Commitments

2019

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

Storm Duck
Cornerback
6’1, 180 lbs
Boiling Springs (Boiling Springs, SC)
Three-Star (#1,272 National Ranking, #132 Positional)

Drew Little
Long 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)

Welton Spottsville
Wide Receiver
6’0, 195 lbs
Havelock (Havelock, NC)
Three-Star (#1,106 National Ranking, #131 Positional)

(information in bold refers to recently committed recruits)

Recruiting Notes

  • Larry Fedora received two commitments this past weekend from Havelock receiver Welton Spottsville and South Carolina defensive back Storm Duck. Their rankings are not incredibly inspiring, but they are likely to climb after this camp season, because both are incredible athletes. Duck in particular should make a big jump based on numbers alone: he self-reported a 4.34 40-yard dash and 4.06 shuttle at a Georgia Tech workout and rumors from UNC camp are that he clocked another sub-4.4 40 on a very slow track..
  • We have previously talked about 4-star defensive tackle CJ Clark, who will announce a decision on the 18th of June. While nothing has changed as far as UNC is concerned there, add another 4-star North Carolina defensive tackle to your watch list: Joshua Harris, who has unofficially visited the school twice in the past two months and should return for the Freak Show. He recently picked up an offer from NC State, who will be tough competition for Clark and Harris after they had an entire defensive line drafted this year.
  • Speaking of NC State, they picked up a huge commitment last night: 4-star defensive end Savion Jackson, one of the best North Carolina high school players in the class of 2019, has committed to the Wolfpack. UNC had been out of the picture here for a while, but this still hurts. The Heels’ defensive line has the potential to be better than it has in a while this year, and it needs to be to swing recruiting momentum at that position group back our way.

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

  • USA Basketball has played in two games so far in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and dominated both. Coby White has been erratic but mostly positive, earning solid minutes (not starting, though, despite being one of the best players throughout tryouts) and shooting the lights out. Through two games, he is 7/17 (6/9 from 3) with 22 points, 8 assists, and 1 turnover. It’s hard to really judge when the competition doesn’t match up, though. The USA has won their first two games 105-73 and 118-26.
  • UNC big man target Armando Bacot has been arguably the best player for the USA squad, with 28 points and 15 rebounds on good efficiency around the basket. He’s taken his game to another level recently. Nobody has stood out negatively, though.