North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels commit Jeremiah Francis undergoes surgery

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Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we provide a follow-up on 4-star Class of 2019 point guard Jeremiah Francis’ injury.


Last week in The Dean’s List daily recruiting notebook, we discussed an apparent injury to 4-star Class of 2019 point guard Jeremiah Francis.

Francis, the Tar Heels’ lone Class of 2018 commitment, sustained the injury just before the start of the season and the initial reports were that it would likely keep him out into January. On Tuesday, Francis tweeted an update on his prognosis, indicating that he underwent successful surgery at the Ohio State Medical Center.

Francis also spoke with Rivals’ Clint Jackson, indicating that the injury was to his left knee.

“I just planted on it wrong and it buckled pretty badly and swelled up bad,” told Rivals earlier this month.

Francis, a Pickerington, Ohio, native, indicated he had his knee scoped on Tuesday. That scope revealed cartilage damage.

“They labeled it as cartilage damage and they took some loose pieces,” Francis told Jackson.

According to Jackson, the expected recovery time for the injury is six to eight weeks, which will cost him most of his junior season at Pickerington Central. That timeline would put him back on the court sometime around Pickerington’s Jan. 23 matchup against Westerville Central, which would leave him eight regular season games.

Francis ranks as the No. 7 point guard and No. 53 overall player in the Class of 2019, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

Tar Heels working to flip Maryland OL commit Spencer Anderson

The first college football early signing period is less than a week away, which has coaches all across the country scrambling to try to garner extra commitments, as well as making sure that all of their current commitments stay on board.

Larry Fedora and his staff is trying to make that difficult for at least one staff, with some serious effort being put into 3-star Maryland tackle commit Spencer Anderson.

Anderson, the No. 78 tackle in the Class of 2018, has been committed to the Terps since June. However, he’s had some wandering eyes over the last couple months, which led him to take an official visit to Chapel Hill over the weekend.

The only offensive lineman committed to North Carolina at the moment is 4-star tackle Avery Jones. Maryland, on the other hand, has four offensive linemen in its class, including Spencer.

It’s been almost a week since Spencer took his official visit, and he hasn’t given any indication that he’s backing off of his Maryland commitment. But if you want to get into the not-so-reliable but always interesting realm of “reading into a Twitter feed for recruiting intel,” Spencer’s timeline has been noticeably pro North Carolina since the calendar turned to December.

It’s possible that Spencer won’t make any formal announcement before faxing in his national letter of intent. But if he does back off of his pledge in the coming days, North Carolina is a very safe bet to pick up his commitment.


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