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UNC Recruiting: Week of 6/4

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After a couple of quiet weeks, UNC fans felt a couple of bombshells this week. Unfortunately, it’s not all good.

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Well, we finally got some recruiting news in both major sports this week, as Jordyn Adams made his long-awaited choice between football and baseball (spoiler: he chose baseball) and gave us some more clarity as to what the Heels will look like in Kenan this fall. Things look sunnier for basketball, however, though, as Coby White racks up the accolades even after the high school season has ended. But that’s not all we have to recap:

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
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)

Recruiting Notes

(he corrected “purse” to “pursue” in a follow-up Tweet)

We wish Adams well in his baseball career and thank him for his enthusiasm and efforts in bringing UNC’s best recruiting class in several years to campus, though he will no longer be a part of it.

  • We have previously reported that redshirt junior wide receiver Juval Mollette is not expected to return to the Tar Heel football program. Mollette made this public on Saturday with this announcement on Twitter:

Mollette will graduate from UNC at the end of Summer Session II and will be a grad transfer with two years of eligibility remaining. Though his UNC career didn’t materialize like we all hoped, we hope he can make the best of his new situation.

  • Four-star defensive tackle C.J. Clark has been a top priority for UNC football for some time, and he announced a decision date of June 18th yesterday. While Georgia seems to be his leader at the moment, UNC will get plenty of opportunity to change his mind in the next 11 days, culminating in Fedora’s Freak Show.
  • UNC is turning up the intensity on its quarterback search for the 2019 class. 3-star pro-style quarterback Zach Calzada visited campus Wednesday and holds a UNC offer. This comes after visits from Luke McCaffrey, who has since committed to Nebraska, and John Rhys Plumlee.

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

  • Coby White, after being one of the most impressive players all throughout the USA Basketball U18 camp, was named to the final U18 National Team that will play in the FIBA Americas Championship this month. Beyond being an incredible honor, this will be a chance for White to play some high-level competition right before he enrolls in college, and might help his acclimation to the speed of the college game.
  • UNC targets Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Armando Bacot, Matthew Hurt, and Cole Anthony also made the cut. Keion Brooks, surprisingly, did not. White has mentioned that he’s been in the ears of at least Bacot, Hurt, and Brooks during their time together.
  • Anthony’s name in that last point might be jarring to those of you who pay attention to these articles, as he isn’t listed as a 2019 offered prospect. The reason for this is that Anthony’s family (his father is former UNLV star and NBA player Greg Anthony) is playing his recruitment extremely close to their chest: he is the best point guard and arguably the best player in his class, but 247Sports lists just 11 confirmed scholarship offers. UNC is not one of those, but is rumored to be a strong player nonetheless, and given this quote from him, it’s easy to see why:

“Definitely we think about that. And we definitely want me to go to a school that can win a national championship my freshman year... [I’m looking for a] very good coach. It is tough to find a bad coach it this level, but I want a very good coach who I can build a relationship with. And a system where I can come in and my presence is felt day one...

“I see offenses in the NBA turning more and more to the pick and roll, so I definitely want to go somewhere that will let me run the pick and roll. And we are going to get up and down the court. I want to run and I want to win.”

A point guard-centric system that emphasizes high tempo, a program that places a premium on winning above all else, and will be in a great spot in 2019? Check, check, and check as far as the Tar Heels go. We’ll be sure to keep an eye on Anthony as the year goes on.