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UNC Recruiting: Week of 7/15

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As predicted, we have a lot more to go on in basketball than we did a week ago

2018 Hoophall Classic: Archbishop Molloy vs DeMatha Catholic David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

As I said last week, the Peach Jam gave us a huge idea of what to expect for the 2019 recruiting cycle now that it’s getting into full swing. Roy Williams made his priorities clear, and we definitely have a clearer picture of the players he’s looking at than we did two weeks ago. On the football side, there isn’t much to report recruiting-wise with the season about to start, but Larry Fedora did land another commitment.

Football

Commitments

2019

Raekwon Anderson
Wide Receiver
5’9, 167 lbs
Charlton County (Folkston, GA)
Three-Star (#1,172 National Ranking)

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)

Brendon Harrington
Linebacker/Safety
6’1, 192 lbs
Northwood (Pittsboro, NC)
Three-Star (#1,417 National Ranking, #111 Positional)

Josh Henderson
Running Back
6’0, 200 lbs
Hun School (Princeton, NJ)
Three-Star (#484 National Ranking, #28 Positional)

Kenan Johnson
Defensive Back
5’11, 162 lbs
Lake Minneola (Lake Minneola, FL)
Three-Star (#874 National Ranking, #80 Positional)

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

Kamari Morales
Tight End
6’3, 232 lbs
Lincoln (Tallahassee, FL)
Three-Star (#900 National Ranking, #32 Positional)

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

Emery Simmons
Wide Receiver
6’1, 185 lbs
South View (Hope Mills, NC)
Three-Star (#680 National Ranking, #30 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)

(recruits listed in bold are recently commited, while those in italics are somewhat recently committed)

  • Hey, I got something right! Raykwon Anderson was one of two players I put on commitment watch here last week, and he chose the Heels over UCF last Friday. He is listed on 247Sports as a cornerback due to his somewhat diminutive stature, but it seems that the staff sees him playing the same slot receiver role that Ryan Switzer did so very well. He has the speed and agility to do it, according to 247: He recorded a 4.47 second 40-yard dash and a 4.01 second short shuttle. Those are above-average numbers for an NFL receiver, and he’s still in high school (for comparison, Switzer clocked a 4.51 and 4.00).

Basketball

Offers

2019

Cole Anthony
Combo Guard
6’3, 184 lbs
Archbishop Molloy (New York, NY)
Five-Star (#3 National Ranking)

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)

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl
Power Forward
6’9, 235 lbs
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
Five-Star (#26 National Ranking)

Commitments

2019

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

2020

Day’Ron Sharpe
Power Forward
6’8 220 lbs
South Central (Winterville, NC)
Four-Star (#70 National Ranking)

  • This article from Inside Carolina is the most information on UNC’s 2018 board that’s available for free to the public. There isn’t much new information about the offered prospects other than that IC is operating under the assumption that Cole Anthony does indeed hold a UNC offer, but we now know to keep an eye on five-star wings Josh Green and Precious Achiuwa for Roy Williams’ next offers.
  • After Peach Jam, add power forwards C.J. Walker and Trayce Jackson-Davis to that list. Both performed extremely well in their matchups against Vernon Carey, whom Roy Williams clearly holds in high regard, and seem to have earned serious consideration from the UNC coach.
  • Armando Bacot continues to impress this summer. Williams has recruited him harder than anybody for at least the past year, and he seems to have yet again picked out a diamond in the (relative) rough. Bacot has stated his appreciation for UNC’s particular recruiting efforts, and hopefully this translates into a commitment when the time comes. He’s been one of this summer’s biggest risers in his class, at least among elite players.