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North Carolina made the top 5 for 5-star power forward Vernon Carey Jr., which released Wednesday night.

North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels crack top 5 for 5-star PF Vernon Carey Jr.

Cody Pace

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Vernon Carey Jr. announces top 5

He teased it earlier this week, and now it’s official.

On Wednesday night, 5-star power forward Vernon Carey Jr. announced his top 5, which included Michigan State, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Miami.

This is the top 5 I predicted when he said earlier in the week that his top 5 was coming. The group makes sense, being his only official visit (Michigan State), the school he’s visited the most (Miami) and the schools that have recruited him the hardest.

Barring anything crazy, North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Miami should expect to get official visits from Carey in the fall, although a visit to Miami might not be necessary given his familiarity with the program.

Duke is favored to land the nation’s top power forward and No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2019 with more than 50 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Miami and Michigan State also have votes.

Receiver signee Jordyn Adams projected high in MLB draft

We’ve talked quite a bit about 4-star receiver signee Jordyn Adams’ potential baseball career in The Dean’s List over the last few weeks.

Now that we’re less than a month away from the start of the MLB draft, mock drafts are starting to come out with more frequency and depth.

On Tuesday, the baseball analysis site FanGraphs released its second mock draft, which went through the first 43 picks of the draft.

You won’t have to go down that far to find Adams’ name.

The FanGraphs crew predicted the Green Hope High School (N.C.) outfielder to go 15th overall to the Texas Rangers. According to Baseball America, that carries a signing bonus slot value of $3,738,500.

Adams, the No. 8 receiver and No. 58 overall player in the Class of 2019, will play both baseball and football at North Carolina if he makes it to campus. He’s an important part of the football signing class, ranking as its top skill player and No. 2 overall prospect.

Tar Heels offer top sophomore defensive end

North Carolina has offered quite a few sophomore prospects over the last couple months, including 4-star weakside defensive end Chris Braswell.

Braswell is ranked as the top weakside defensive end and No. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports. The Baltimore prospect is also the top-rated player in Maryland.

Braswell has already cracked double-digit offers with several blue bloods including Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma and Penn State.

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