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Roy Williams (above) and North Carolina have begun to express interest in Virginia power forward Mark Williams.

North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels reportedly expressing interest in Mark Williams

Cody Pace

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Tar Heels reportedly showing interest in 2020 power forward Mark Williams

North Carolina’s Class of 2020 recruiting board hasn’t quite taken shape yet, with just one offer to its lone commit, 4-star power forward/center Day’Ron Sharpe.

North Carolina has expressed interest in a few prospects, mostly those near the top of the recruiting rankings. Once the July recruiting period ends, we should get a better idea of who North Carolina is prioritizing.

One such potential prospect is 4-star power forward Mark Williams. North Carolina hasn’t been connected much to the Norfolk, Va., prospect to this point, but in an interview last week with Rivals’ Corey Evans, Williams revealed that he’s started to hear from the Tar Heels.

Williams already has drawn significant interest from the rest of the ACC, including offers from Clemson, N.C. State, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Although he just barely falls in the top 100 as the No. 98 overall prospect, his stock has risen, and that should reflect in the next set of national rankings for the junior class. In June alone, Williams has picked up five of his 17 offers, including N.C. State, Florida and Seton Hall.

According to Evans, Williams already has made one trip to North Carolina. He’s also visited Virginia, his first offer and the school that appears to be recruiting him the hardest, as well as Duke and Virginia Tech.

Tar Heels offer 4-star athlete Keontae Jenkins

Roy Williams isn’t the only North Carolina coach reaching into Virginia.

Last week, Larry Fedora offered 4-star Virginia Beach, Va., athlete Keontae Jenkins, according to his Twitter account.

Jenkins is an elite prospect in the Class of 2020, ranked as its No. 21 athlete and No. 218 overall player. He’s likely destined for the defensive backfield.

Jenkins now boasts 10 offers, including Florida State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Penn State also has taken a look, but has yet to extend an offer.

Jenkins appears to be a slight Florida State lean, although it’s very early. He visited the Seminoles in October, one of just a couple visits he’s taken thus far. He also visited Tennessee in February, and the Vols could pick up steam with the recruiting prowess of its new staff under former Georgia and Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.

His recruitment isn’t closed off by any means, so North Carolina still has a chance to wiggle its way in there.

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