North Carolina recruiting: Basketball offers three more, football picks up DB commit
Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Today, we recap a busy weekend, which saw the basketball team hand out three new offers and the football team pick up a commitment for the Class of 2019.
While many of your were out and about over the weekend taking advantage of the last few productive weekends before college football season begins, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams was doing work of his own.
Still looking to add some size in the Class of 2018 to go along with guards Coby White and Rechon Black, Williams extended an offer to 4-star power forward Darius Days, as tweeted by multiple outlets and retweeted by Days’ Twitter handle.
North Carolina offers @Florida_Vipers / The Rock (FL) 2018 6'7 F Darius Days.
— BIG SHOTS- Schneider (@BigShotsNation) August 6, 2017
The 6-foot-7, 218 pound Days is a Gainsville, Fla. native, which might make it difficult for the Tar Heels to pull him away from the hometown Florida Gators team. However, Days is still awaiting an offer from Florida, which could do his other suitors some favors.
With his offer from North Carolina, the nation’s No. 19 power forward and No. 74 overall player in the class is up to 26 offers. Louisville, Butler, Kansas and Ohio State are among the teams that have already offered Days.
That wasn’t all Williams did, either.
He also put in some time on the Class of 2019, offering point guard Ashton Hagans and power forward Armando Bacot just minutes apart on Friday.
Blessed to receive an offer from The university of North Carolina #Gotarheels#chapelhill🤘🏽 pic.twitter.com/zDg0YBipWH
— ashton hagans (@H23Ash) August 4, 2017
— Armando Bacot (@iget_buckets35) August 4, 2017
Hagans was the least surprising of the two offers. A consensus 5-star prospect and top five point guard in the Class of 2019, Hagans had already been drawing strong interest from the Tar Heels before he received his offer, which brought his overall total to an even 30.
As we wrote in the Dean’s List on Wednesday, North Carolina had scouted him during the most recent live period during the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. But as we noted on Thursday, it was Jeremiah Francis, not Hagans, getting the first point guard offer from Williams in the Class of 2019.
While that indicates that Francis is likely Williams’ No. 1 option at point guard, the quick turnaround on the Hagans offer likely means that Francis and Hagans are 1-a and 1-b and that the Tar Heels would be thrilled to land either player.
Like Hagans and Francis, the other player receiving his North Carolina offer on Friday, the 4-star power forward Bacot, is very high on Williams’ wish list. But you don’t have to take my word for it, you can ask the players currently on the team.
Bacot falls just short of ranking as a five-star prospect, but is still the No. 7 power forward and No. 26 overall player in the class. After picking up both a North Carolina and Illinois offer over the weekend, Bacot is up to 33 total offers including Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, N.C. State and Villanova.
Tar Heels football picks up 2019 DB Coleman Reich
It wasn’t just Williams getting things done on the recruiting trail over the weekend, either.
Larry Fedora and co. picked up their third member of the Class of 2019 on Saturday by adding in-state defensive back Coleman Reich.
— Coleman Reich (@Coleman_Reich) August 5, 2017
Reich, a Thomasville, N.C. native, isn’t ranked by 247Sports yet but is considered a 3-star prospect by Rivals.
Reich camped with North Carolina in June and also attended the FREAK SHOW camp on June 17. Reich also saw some interest from both Duke, where he visited in July, and Wake Forest, although he hadn’t reported an offer from either school.