North Carolina recruiting: Coby White, Tar Heels targets get U18 invites
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USA Men’s U18 National Team announces training camp roster
The USA Men’s U18 National Team announced its training camp roster on Monday, and the Tar Heels recruiting board is well-represented.
The training camp, which will take place from May 31-June 2, features 32 prospects.
Of those 32, only Coby White, a 5-star combo guard signee, has official plans to be a Tar Heel, but he isn’t the only player on the team that North Carolina has ambitions of landing.
North Carolina’s staff has offered five other prospects with training camp invites: Armando Bacot, Will Baker, Matthew Hurt, Keion Brooks and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.
Bacot and Baker, both 5-star centers, and Hurt, a 5-star power forward, are among the Tar Heels’ top targets in the Class of 2019.
Brooks and Robinson-Earl, both 5-star prospects as well, received their offers in the last week. Brooks ranks as the No. 7 small forward and No. 27 overall prospect in the class while Robinson-Earl ranks as the No. 4 power forward and No. 26 overall prospect.
North Carolina has also kept an eye on two other players who received training camp invites — 5-star combo guard Jalen Lecque and 5-star small forward Scottie Lewis.
The team will be coached by Kansas coach Bill Self with assistants Anthony Grant from Dayton and Danny Manning from Wake Forest.
Tar Heels land commitment from 3-star safety
Wednesday was a productive one for Larry Fedora and the Tar Heels on the recruiting trail.
Late in the afternoon, 3-star Baltimore Boys’ Latin School safety Giovanni Biggers announced his commitment to the program via Twitter.
— Giovanni Biggers (@king_giovanni_) May 9, 2018
Biggers, the No. 43 safety and No. 591 player in the Class of 2019, chose the Tar Heels over 12 other offers including Boston College, Duke, Maryland and Virginia.
The commitment comes on the heels of a visit to Chapel Hill for Biggers, which took place on April 28. That visit played a big role in his decision to commit, he told 247Sports’ Brian Dohn.
“It was one of the only places I went where I did not just fall in love with the football aspect of it,” Biggers told Dohn. “The second I got there I felt right.”
Biggers also cited North Carolina’s academics and his relationship with Tommy Thigpen, his position coach, as important aspects to his commitment.
Biggers is the top-rated prospect in North Carolina’s four-man Class of 2019, joining 3-star linebacker Allen Smith (Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High), 3-star safety Coleman Reich (Thomasville (N.C.) Ledford) and 2-star long snapper Drew Little (New London (N.C.) North Stanly).
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