North Carolina recruiting: Wendell Moore has 4 official visits set
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Wendell Moore setting official visits
Many prospects are starting to cut their recruiting lists, including 5-star small forward Wendell Moore, who announced his top 5 last month.
The next step for the Concord, N.C., native will be his official visits, and he’s made movement on that front.
Earlier this month, he told 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer that he’d put an official visit on his calendar, a Sept. 8 trip to South Carolina.
During the Team USA U17 World Cup tryouts over the weekend, he confirmed to 247Sports’ Evan Daniels that he’s filled four of his five official visit spots with North Carolina being his lone unscheduled trip.
In addition to the South Carolina trip, Moore will be taking an official visit to N.C. State on Sept. 1, Duke on Sept. 22 and Wake Forest on Sept. 29.
It’s possible North Carolina could fill his lone empty September weekend, Sept. 15. Often times, basketball recruits will schedule games for home football weekends, which is the case for all of the visits he’s scheduled so far.
North Carolina hosts UCF on Sept. 15, so that could be an option. The next home football game that Moore could make would be Oct. 13 against Virginia Tech.
Moore ranks as the No. 4 small forward and No. 17 overall player in the Class of 2019. The Tar Heels were once considered the heavy favorite for Moore, but Duke has since taken over.
Tar Heels flip in-state Indiana commit
North Carolina has parlayed its recruiting momentum into another flip.
Less than two months after flipping snapper Drew Little from N.C. State, North Carolina landed the commitment from 3-star Fayetteville, N.C. receiver Emery Simmons, who had previously been committed to Indiana, according to Rivals’ Andrew Jones.
First off i would like to thank the man above for making this decision, my parents and everyone who supported me. But i would like to say that i’m Emery Simmons and i’m a TarHeel!!! #goheels @CoachPaschall @CoachJP_UNC @CoachFedora @TarHeelFootball pic.twitter.com/AcMNRpNFV1
— Emery Simmons (@SimmonsDaekwon) June 20, 2018
Simmons had been committed to Indiana since March. He visited North Carolina in late April after he received his Tar Heels offer. He was on campus again over the weekend for Larry Fedora’s Freak Show camp and “nearly flipped that night,” according to Jones.
Simmons, the No. 89 receiver and No. 680 prospect in the Class of 2019, told Rivals North Carolina was “a better fit” and its proximity to home was a plus.
Simmons is now the Tar Heels’ top-rated receiver prospect and the second receiver the Tar Heels have picked up this month, along with 3-star receiver Welton Spottsville.
The Tar Heels moved up two spots in the national rankings to No. 42 overall. They also moved up one spot in the ACC to ninth, jumping Wake Forest.
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