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Where else might E.J. Montgomery look?
Things have been quiet for a few weeks with 5-star power forward E.J. Montgomery, the last player on North Carolina’s Class of 2018 recruiting board.
The Marietta, Ga., native has taken three unofficial visits — North Carolina, Duke and Kentucky. But since the Kentucky visit on Feb. 24, the trail has gone mostly cold.
Some of that can be attributed to the high school playoffs, but that ended for Montgomery about two weeks ago. We know from ESPN’s Paul Biancardi that Montgomery is planning to take official visits to both North Carolina and Duke, assuming nothing has changed in the last few weeks.
It’s safe to assume that Montgomery will resume taking visits in the near future, but where might the nation’s No. 3 power forward and No. 12 overall player in the 247Sports composite go next?
In an interview earlier this month with 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, Montgomery identified three schools that he’d like to visit — Georgetown, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He also told Daniels that he’d like to take official visits, confirming several other reports from the last several weeks, and that he’s unsure of a timetable going forward.
It’s unclear if these are schools where Montgomery plans on making official visits. Assuming he still plans to take officials to North Carolina and Duke, he only has three available, and he hasn’t state whether or not he plans to go back to Kentucky, as well.
This also seems to be an unofficial narrowing down of the top 11 that he released in January, eliminating South Carolina, UCLA, Georgia, USC and Clemson. It also remains to be seen what could happen with Georgia, given names such as Thad Matta and Tom Crean that are floating around. It’s not impossible that a strong hire could put the Bulldogs back in the mix, as well.
North Carolina should feel good about its standing with Montgomery going forward, even if it looks like it has some catching up to do with Duke. Still, we should expect some clarity on Montgomery’s situation in the next couple weeks.
Tar Heels offer two underclassman O-line targets
North Carolina has handed out a lot of offers over the last few months, but most of those have been concentrated in extending the Tar Heels’ presence among the Class of 2019.
But in the last week, North Carolina’s staff has also identified and extended offers to key offensive line targets in the freshman and sophomore classes.
On Thursday, the Tar Heels offered Class of 2020 guard Luke Wypler.
— Wypler (@LukeWypler) March 9, 2018
The Montvale, N.J., guard isn’t ranked yet by any of the major recruiting outlets, but he’s already garnered a lot of interest with 14 offers. Those offers include Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin.
North Carolina has offered 43 players in the Class of 2020 but only four of those have been offensive lineman and Wypler is the only guard.
The Tar Heels followed Wypler’s offer with one to Class of 2021 tackle Landon Tengwall.
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of North Carolina! pic.twitter.com/hG2409Zp8N
— landonTengwall (@landon_tengwall) March 12, 2018
Tengwall has also not received an evaluation from 247Sports or Rivals, but he’ll likely be among the better offensive line prospects in the freshman class once his rankings come in.
Tengwall has six offers: Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Toledo, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He’s also been looked at by Michigan and Ohio State.
Penn State looks like the early favorite for Tengwall with four 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. He’s visited the Nittany Lions twice since November, including their junior day in February.
Tengwall is just the fourth player in the freshman class to receive an offer from North Carolina. The only others are tight end Jack Hollifield, the brother of Virginia Tech signee and former Tar Heels target Dax Hollifield, tackle Micah Morris and cornerback Gabe Stephens.
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