North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels offer 5-star PF James Wiseman, 4-star DT Rick Sandidge narrows list
Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. In this edition, we discuss yet another elite offer from Roy Williams for the Class of 2019, this one to 5-star forward James Wiseman, and the top 7 list for 4-star, in-state defensive tackle target Rick Sandidge.
North Carolina offers 5-star forward James Wiseman
On Monday, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams offered Vernon Carey Jr., a 5-star forward from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the No. 1 player in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite.
Williams wasn’t done there, though. In the late hours of Monday night, Williams followed with an offer to another 5-star forward. This time, it was James Wiseman (Ensworth H.S./Nashville, Tenn.), the No. 2 player in the Class of 2019, to hear from Williams. Wiseman took to Twitter Monday night to announce the offer.
— James Wiseman (@BigTicket_JW) August 8, 2017
With his athletic ability and his 6-foot-11, 210-pound frame, it should come as no surprise that Wiseman is so highly regarded. His 247Sports composite ranking is .9987. That means that, like Carey, Wiseman is universally regarded as being just about as good as a player can get out of high school.
His list of 15 offers reads like a who’s who of elite college basketball programs, including Florida, Indiana and Kansas, as well as in-state programs Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
At this stage, however, the teams to watch might be those that have yet to officially enter the picture. While both Duke and Kentucky have taken a look at Wiseman, they have yet to extend offers. An offer from either of those schools could alter the course of the process.
Tar Heels make cut for 4-star DT Rick Sandidge
May and June were busy months for North Carolina football on the recruiting trail, with eight of the Class of 2018’s 11 commits making their decisions then.
But following 4-star receiver Jordyn Adams’ commitment on July 3, things have screeched to a standstill on the 2018 front.
Things could be looking up, however. On Tuesday, 4-star defensive tackle Rick Sandidge (Concord, N.C.), a finalist for Nike’s The Opening, named his top 7: North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
‼️Top 7‼️ pic.twitter.com/l6nsd741lp
— J® (@rickyo_90) August 8, 2017
Sandidge, the No. 11 defensive tackle and No. 134 overall player in the 247Sports composite rankings, has 23 offers.
While North Carolina seemingly would have the upper hand as the in-state school, South Carolina that is the perceived favorite to land Sandidge. South Carolina was the last school to secure a visit from Sandidge this summer, and it has 100 percent of the 12 predictions on his 247Sports Crystal Ball. Sandidge’s mom is also a South Carolina fan.
“I think my opinion is a little bit biased,” Keshia Sandidge, Rick’s mother, told SEC Country’s Hale McGranahan after his last visit in July. “We try to keep it to where he can make the decision on his own. … I just really think South Carolina rolled out the red carpet for us.”
Sandidge last visited North Carolina in March, but he wasn’t in attendance for the Freak Show camp in July. While his commitment looks like a long shot, Sandidge would be a much-needed addition to a front four that has just one commitment, that from 3-star defensive end Chris Collins (Benedictine/Richmond, Va.).