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UNC coach Roy Williams is after 4-star guard Quentin Grimes.

North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels target Quentin Grimes expected to narrow list

Cody Pace

Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Today, we discuss UNC’s interest 4-star guard Quentin Grimes, who is expected to cut down his list soon, as well as the football team’s most recent offer.

With a heavy 2017 class and a relatively small loss expected to the 2018 NBA Draft, there isn’t a ton of room in the Class of 2018.

Combine that with the fact that Roy Williams has already landed two guards for the class — in-state combo guard Coby White and Florida point guard Rechon Black — and it doesn’t seem likely that there’s much more room for another one- or two-guard.

That won’t stop Williams from targeting top-tier talent at the position, however. With the third live period taking place over the latter part of last week and through Sunday evening, Williams took the time to check in on 4-star guard Quentin Grimes at the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas over the weekend, according to Rivals’ Corey Evans.

The timing of the scouting visit could prove to be important for North Carolina. As of now, Grimes, the No. 22 player in the country and No. 5 point guard according to 247Sports composite ranking, doesn’t hold an offer from the Tarheels.

To stay in the hunt, that may have to change soon. Over the weekend, Grimes told Rivals’ Krysten Peek that he planned on putting out a top five or six when he got back from Las Vegas. That means that any day now he’ll be making a decision on which schools he plans to include.

As of now, Texas, Kansas and Arizona are pretty much locks to make that list, being the three schools that he said he would definitely like to visit. Texas makes sense, being the in-state school for the state’s No. 1 overall prospect. Kansas, his mother’s alma mater and the perceived favorite, and Arizona have put themselves there with their aggressive recruiting tactics.

“[Arizona coach Sean] Miller calls me almost every day,” Grimes told Peek. “[Kansas coach Bill] Self has been at almost every game. Those are the top schools right now that are being on me really hard.”

But those last few spots on his list are still up for grabs. Those spots are important because Grimes intends on taking all five of his official visits, meaning that the list of schools is likely to be very close to the ones that he ultimately takes his visits to later this year.

In order to land one of those spots, North Carolina is going to have to go through mom.

“We’re just trying to see how, like all the coaches are here at the tournament, see who’s here,” Grimes said. “My mom always sees who’s here, who’s really high on me right now. My mom handles all that, who’s texting her, who’s texting me. So really want to see who’s really trying to make me a focal point for their university.”

While the Tarheels may already have a solid class of guards, a player of Grimes’ talent is certainly worth stretching for one more spot. The benefit to a guard like grimes, who’s big for a point guard at 6-foot-4, 175 pounds, is that he can play multiple positions and poses a size mismatch against opposing teams’ point guards.

“That’s what all the coaches talk to me about, how I can play the one or the two,” Grimes said. “They just like how I can see the floor and also can score it with my size.”

Grimes has no concrete timetable for his decision, though he said he expects to make his decision after the official visits during the winter or early spring.

UNC football offers TE Luke Tenuta

North Carolina has already put together a top 30 class early in the cycle based mostly on high quality offensive targets.

But the most recent addition to the Heels’ recruiting board is on the defensive side of the ball with an offer extended to 3-star defensive end Luke Tenuta late last week.

Tenuta, the No. 65 strongside defensive end in the Class of 2018 according to 247Sports, now has 13 offers including UCF, West Virginia and Colorado State. West Virginia is considered the early favorite.

North Carolina already has one defensive end in the class — 3-star weakside defensive end Chris Collins, the No. 529 player in the class. The only other player committed to the Tarheels in the front seven is top prospect Payton Wilson, the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country an No. 68 overall player.