North Carolina recruiting: Taking a look at the Tar Heel’s December offers

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It’s been a busy month for North Carolina on the recruiting trail with the end of football season and the recent conclusion of the high school playoffs.

With so much to cover, some of North Carolina’s December offers have slipped through the cracks, partly because there have been so many of them.

To rectify that, we’ll devote a couple of notebooks through the end of the month to getting caught up on some of the more significant offers, especially leading up to the early signing period that begins Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Here are some of North Carolina’s offers, chronologically, to members of the classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 over the first couple weeks of the month.

Joshua Ezeudu, 3-star 2018 T, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Joshua Ezeudu tweeted his offer to kick off the month. North Carolina is in a favorable spot for the No. 97 offensive tackle in the Class of 2018 per 247Sports. According to a report from Scout’s Don Callahan, Ezeudu already has the Tar Heels in his top two and he’s working toward an official visit date.

Ezeudu has 22 offers including Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri and Purdue. Minnesota and West Virginia are the other two schools in the thick of things, although it’s unclear how much more room Minnesota has in its class with 27 verbal commitments already, all of which are expected to sign early.

Robert Hicks, 4-star 2018 ILB, Miami

Robert Hicks also received his offer on the first day of the month. This offer is likely wishful thinking on North Carolina’s part, as Hicks, the No. 14 inside linebacker and No. 276 overall player in the 2018 class, has been committed to Louisville since July and intends to sign early.

An Under Armour All-American, Hicks has 19 offers including Auburn, Miami, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Jeffrey Blake, 2019 TE/OLB, Norcross, Ga.

Jeffrey Blake is a relatively unknown tight end and outside linebacker out of metro-Atlanta. The teammate of Tar Heels 2018 cornerback commit Trey Morrison also has an offer from Jacksonville State. Blake doesn’t have a rating from either 247Sports or Rivals.

Mike Sainristil, 3-star 2019 CB, Everett, Mass.

Mike Sainristil picked up the North Carolina offer, his eighth total, on Dec. 3. He also has offers from Boston College, Indiana, Rutgers and Virginia Tech. He’s also gotten looks from Penn State, but hasn’t received an offer. Sainristil ranks as the No. 89 corner in the Class of 2019 and he’s the No. 3 player in Massachusetts per 247Sports.

Jerzhan Newton, 2020 DT, Clearwater, Fla.

Jerzhan Newton is only a sophomore, so there’s still time for this to play out. It’ll be interesting to which direction schools ultimately go with Newton. It’s not every day that you see a player who shares time between running back, tight end and defensive line, but that’s Newton’s role at Clearwater Central Catholic.

It’s unclear which direction schools are recruiting him, but he does have five offers including Boston College, Cincinnati and South Florida.

Will Conner, 2019 ILB, Alabaster, Ala.

Will Conner isn’t rated by any of the major recruiting services, although that’s the case for many players in the Class of 2019. North Carolina is the first Division I program to offer Conner. He also has offers from UAB, Liberty and Middle Tennessee State.


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