North Carolina recruiting: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl taking slow approach
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North Carolina men’s basketball coach Roy Williams doesn’t offer just anybody.
In the Class of 2019, only 10 prospects have secured North Carolina offers. At times, it can be maddening, as other teams benefit from getting in the thick of things early in the process. But prospects surely notice when they do get that offer. Just ask 5-star power forward Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, who was among the last of the 2019 prospects to get his.
“It was a really good offer because he really takes his time and picks and chooses his players,” Robinson-Earl told Rivals’ Corey Evans. “He doesn’t just go and offer a kid just to offer.”
Robinson-Earl is an example of a prospect who might have a stronger feeling about North Carolina had it moved into the picture earlier. Williams already had a relationship with his father Lester Earl, one of his former players at Kansas. However, the Jayhawks have been in it from the start and seem deeply entrenched with the nation’s No. 4 power forward and No. 20 overall player.
But there does seem to be good news for North Carolina. While Kansas is ahead, Robinson-Earl doesn’t appear to be anywhere close to a decision. As the process continues, it only gives Williams more time to make up ground.
In the interview with Evans, Robinson-Earl said that he won’t cut his list until after the summer and will take his official visits in the fall. Right now, he doesn’t see himself making a decision before “winter or early next year.”
Behind Kansas, North Carolina seems to be the school best positioned to land the Mission, Kan., native. So the Tar Heels should, at the very least, earn an official visit, and anything could happen after that.
Tar Heels land CB Kenan Johnson
It has been a busy couple of weeks for North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora and his staff with the addition of four prospects since June 7.
The latest came on Saturday, when 3-star Lake Minneola, Fla., cornerback Kenan Johnson announced his commitment to the Tar Heels.
— Kenan Johnson (@_kenan_7) June 16, 2018
Johnson, the No. 80 cornerback in the Class of 2019, chose the Tar Heels over 15 other offers, most of which came from smaller schools.
Johnson is the fourth defensive back to join the class, following cornerback Storm Duck, who committed June 9, as well as safeties Giovanni Biggers and Coleman Reich.
The additions of Johnson and 3-star running back Josh Henderson, who committed last Thursday, jump the Tar Heels up nine spots from the previous week to No. 41 in the national rankings. North Carolina also moved up two spots to No. 8 in the ACC past Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
The Tar Heels now trail Duke just slightly, with both schools having eight commits. It’s worth noting, though, that one of North Carolina’s is 2-star long snapper Drew Little, who brings down North Carolina’s average score despite being one of the best players in the country at his position.
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