North Carolina recruiting: Camp season yields 2 commits for Tar Heels
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It was a bit of slow start for Larry Fedora and his staff with the Class of 2019, but it seems like all they needed was for camp season to roll around.
As camps fired up last week, North Carolina added two commitments.
The first came Thursday evening when 3-star Havelock, N.C., receiver Welton Spottsville announced his commitment to the Tar Heels.
— Don Callahan (@DonCallahanIC) June 7, 2018
Spottsville is a big pickup for North Carolina because, among other reasons, he’s the first offensive player to commit in the Class of 2019. He was one of the prospects on North Carolina’s receivers board discussed earlier this month in the Dean’s List.
Spottsville was a teammate with 4-star tackle Avery Jones at Havelock High School, so Fedora and his staff were very familiar with him. That likely helped in identifying him, especially given that there wasn’t a lot of Power 5 interest in him. Spottsville was only listed as having five offers, and West Virginia was the only other Power 5 school in pursuit. ECU was North Carolina’s biggest contender before his commitment.
Despite being the second-highest rated prospect in North Carolina’s 2019 class, there are varying opinions of Spottsville among the recruiting sites. He’s listed as the No. 131 receiver by the 247Sports composite and outside the top 1,000 nationally, but 247Sports’ own evaluation has him as the No. 85 receiver and No. 641 player overall. His composite rankings are brought down by his evaluation from Rivals, which pegs him as a 2-star prospect.
Spottsville is a prospect who could see his stock rise on the camp scene this summer.
“He’s big, he’s physical. He has an ability to block as a receiver,” Havelock coach Caleb King told 247Sports’ Don Callahan. “He has an ability to track the ball. He’s very explosive.”
After Spottsville’s addition Thursday, North Carolina picked up another commitment on Saturday, this time adding to its wealth of defensive backs with 3-star cornerback Storm Duck.
— Storm Duck (@storm_duck) June 10, 2018
Duck, the nation’s No. 131 corner and No. 1,260 prospect nationally, picked the Tar Heels over 14 other offers including Appalachian State, Army and West Virginia.
Duck joins safeties Giovanni Biggers and Coleman Reich in the Tar Heels 2019 defensive backfield class.
The addition of both prospects bumps North Carolina into the top-50 recruiting classes nationally, although they rank just 10th among ACC schools. Notably, North Carolina has the lowest-ranked class among the ACC North Carolina schools.
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