North Carolina recruiting: Sizing up Tar Heels’ receiver board
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The Class of 2018 went a long way toward rebuilding North Carolina’s depth at receiver.
Two of the Tar Heels’ best prospects — 4-star athlete Dyami Brown and 4-star receiver Jordyn Adams — should be immediate contributors, assuming Adams opts to enroll at North Carolina instead of pursuing a professional baseball career.
Losing Adams would be a big blow to the position and make North Carolina’s pursuits at the position more important.
So far, the Tar Heels lack a receiver commitment. With that in mind, here are a few candidates to be the first receivers to join North Carolina’s Class of 2019.
Donavon Greene, 4-star WR, Mount Airy, N.C.
A few months ago, North Carolina seemed out of the running for the 4-star receiver, but that has changed with his de-commitment from Duke last week.
The in-state prospect was relatively under-recruited before his commitment to Duke in March. Since then, he has picked up offers from Tennessee and Georgia Tech to give him 10.
North Carolina received a visit from Greene, the nation’s No. 38 receiver and No. 240 overall player, in February before his commitment, so the Tar Heels should expect to be back in the thick of things here.
Notre Dame is the biggest contender, and Tennessee’s success in North Carolina could make Rocky Top an intriguing draw as well.
Jayden Harrison, 3-star WR, Nashville, Tenn.
There haven’t been too many receivers on North Carolina’s radar longer than 3-star receiver Jayden Harrison.
Harrison has held his offer for more than a year. While he ranks as the No. 81 player at his position, opinions vary widely. By 247Sports, Harrison is rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 39 receiver.
Harrison holds five offers: North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Louisville, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
Vanderbilt appears to be the biggest contender here. The Commodores received a visit from Harrison for junior day in January.
Quendarius Jefferson, 3-star WR, Simpsonville, S.C.
Quendarius Jefferson, a 3-star South Carolina receiver, is an interesting prospect who hasn’t been highly recruited but is a candidate to see his recruitment increase over the next couple of months.
So far, his 247Sports profile lists two offers: South Carolina and Maryland. The Gamecocks are certainly a threat to land the nation’s No. 52 receiver and No. 416 overall player.
North Carolina has kept an eye on Jefferson, and with his short offer sheet, an offer during the next few weeks could go a long way.
Virginia Tech, Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State are also keeping tabs here, so there are still a lot of potential directions his recruitment could take.
Welton Spottsville, 3-star WR, Havelock, N.C.
Welton Spottsville, a 3-star Havelock, N.C. receiver, is another under-recruited prospect who could wind up in Chapel Hill.
Spottsville was a teammate of 4-star tackle Avery Jones at Havelock, so the Tar Heels are very familiar with him. They are one of five offers, though West Virginia is his only other Power 5 offer.
The nation’s No. 130 receiver attended junior day with North Carolina in January. ECU has pursued Spottsville heavily and appears to be the front-runner.
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