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North Carolina coach Roy Williams was part of the reason 5-star shooting guard Romeo Langford didn't include the Tar Heels in his final three.

North Carolina recruiting: What happened between Romeo Langford and North Carolina?

Cody Pace

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Father of Romeo Langford discusses what when wrong with UNC

While in Atlanta for the McDonald’s All-American Game, 5-star shooting guard Romeo Langford (New Albany, Ind.) made noise regarding a team that he’s no longer considering.

When asked about where he thought E.J. Montgomery would end up, Langford told Rivals’ Woody Womack that he thought North Carolina would land the 5-star power forward and then added, “Who wouldn’t want to play there?”

The quote was interesting because Langford himself decided he didn’t want to play there. North Carolina cracked the top 7 for the nation’s top shooting guard and No. 5 overall player, but didn’t advance to his final three, which is Indiana, Vanderbilt and Kansas.

While that quote may seem to indicate the desire to conclude pursuing the recruitment further came from the Tar Heels, that’s not the case.

Langford’s father, Tim Langford, detailed several aspect’s of his son’s recruitment, including a rift between the Langfords and Kentucky coach John Calipari and what happened between Romeo and North Carolina, in a story by Fletcher Page of the Courier-Journal.

According to Langford’s father, Romeo saw something he didn’t like in how Roy Williams ran practice when he took his official visit in October and expressed concerns with his ability to fit in given the issue, which Langford didn’t specifically identify.

Langford’s father also noted that when he and his wife sat down to make their own top 3 programs based on how things had gone, North Carolina was on his list but clearly not on Romeo’s.

North Carolina offers elite defensive lineman

North Carolina’s coaching staff is going through the process of evaluating and identifying prospects of interest in the Class of 2019.

Last week, that resulted in an offer to one of the nation’s best defensive linemen in the country when the Tar Heels offered 4-star weakside defensive end Derrick McLendon.

McLendon is the No. 22 weakside defensive end and No. 328 overall player in the Class of 2019. With his North Carolina offer, he’s up to 24 including Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU and Michigan.

In July, McLendon attended a camp at Alabama and subsequently named it his leader. However, Georgia has come on strong and now leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Pennsylvania defensive lineman visits Tar Heels

While the Tar Heels’ staff was preparing to offer McLendon, it was also hosting 3-star Fort Washington, Pa. defensive tackle Elijah Wroten.

Wroten tweeted pictures of him on his visit last Wednesday.

North Carolina hasn’t offered Wroten, the No. 70 defensive tackle in the Class of 2019. His six offers include Boston College, Duke and Minnesota.

Like North Carolina, Penn State, Syracuse and Virginia have shown some interest in Wroten but have not extended offers.

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