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North Carolina will find out later this week if it moves to the next stage in 5-star power forward Vernon Carey Jr.'s recruitment.

North Carolina recruiting: 5-star forward Vernon Carey Jr. ready for next recruiting step

Cody Pace

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Vernon Carey Jr. set to announce top 5 this week

North Carolina will find out if its efforts with 5-star power forward Vernon Carey have been fruitful later this week.

On Monday, the nation’s top power forward and No. 2 overall player announced that he’s set to take his recruitment to the next step and reveal his top 5 schools.

The cut to five is an important one since it’ll determine which schools receive official visits.

Carey brought his recruitment down to eight schools in October: Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State, North Carolina and UCLA. The five schools he choses are likely to be a subset of that list.

We already can pencil in Michigan State, where Carey took his first official visit in February. A look at his school interactions since that top 8 was released in October can glean some information on which schools might round out the final four spots.

Since October, Carey has taken three unofficial visits, two of which went to Miami and one to Duke. Miami seems to be another guarantee to make the list, given his visits and his legacy status as the son of former Miami football standout Vernon Carey Sr.

Beyond that, here’s a look at how often he’s seen members from each staff according to his 247Sports timeline:

  • Duke: 5
  • Florida: 0
  • Kansas: 0
  • Kentucky: 3
  • North Carolina: 4
  • UCLA: 0

Florida did have coach Mike White watching Carey during the first of the two spring evaluation periods, but was not reported to be present during the second period when Carey was in Indianapolis.

Given that, it seems like a top 5 of Duke, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State and North Carolina seems likely.

While the Tar Heels aren’t the favorite, anything can happen once you get a prospect on campus. Cracking that top 5 would be a big step.

Tar Heels offer RB Knowledge McDaniel

North Carolina has offered several 2019 prospects over the last week. One of those prospects is 3-star Bradenton, Fla., running back Knowledge McDaniel.

McDaniel doesn’t stand out in the recruiting rankings, coming in as the No. 92 running back and and falling outside the top 1,000 nationally.

Despite that, McDaniel has put up a strong list of offers. Among his 20 total offers is Georgia, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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