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 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss North Carolina’s continued pursuit of 5-star Class of 2019 power forward Vernon Carey Jr.
Roy Williams paid visit to 5-star power forward Vernon Carey Jr. before NCAA Tournament
Recruiting opportunities aren’t easy to come by in March for the coaching staffs of NCAA Tournament teams, especially those that make deep runs.
That makes it all the more impressive that on Tuesday, while the Tar Heels were preparing for their first round matchup against Lipscomb, Roy Williams took time to head to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to visit 5-star Class of 2019 power forward Vernon Carey Jr.
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) March 13, 2018
Carey ranks as the No. 2 overall player in 247Sports’ composite rankings and No. 1 overall by Rivals.
North Carolina doesn’t look to be the favorite for Carey, but it won’t be for a lack of trying on Williams’ part if it doesn’t land him. The Tar Heels coach has been out to see Carey three times over the last three months, easily the most reported visits he’s seen from any of his suitors.
While he has 18 offers, it’s shaping up to be a battle between North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Miami and Michigan State. He’s already taken an official visit to Michigan State and he was in Miami for an unofficial visit in February. Carey is a Miami legacy as the son of former Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins tackle Vernon Carey.
Those two and Duke, the leader in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, are considered his leaders.
Tar Heels offer Virginia offensive lineman
The North Carolina coaching staff has spent a lot of time this month focusing on the future of its offensive line with a handful of offers to Class of 2019, 2020 and 2021 prospects.
That continued on Friday with an offer to 3-star Class of 2019 tackle Donavan Beaver.
— Donavan Beaver (@donavanbeaver) March 16, 2018
Beaver, the No. 66 tackle and No. 703 player in the Class of 2019, is a prospect who has seen his stock rise over the last couple months. The Fredericksburg, Va., native has eight offers but four of his biggest — Florida, N.C. State, Louisville and now North Carolina — have come since Feb. 19.
He also has offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech, the two big in state schools, and the latter has emerged as an early favorite.
There’s still time for North Carolina to work its way in, however. Beaver is assessing all of his options, and he visited Florida over the weekend, according to 247Sports’ Luke Stampini.
With one to Beaver, North Carolina has now offered 21 offensive linemen in the Class of 2019, including 12 tackles.
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