This is the first of three stories predicting where the top 2018 prospects in North Carolina will sign next February.
Recruiting is an inexact science and extremely fluid. Coaching changes, class numbers, new scholarship offers and many other aspects can completely change the course of a prospect's recruitment.
Many of the prospects in this feature have yet to name top schools or even hint at favorites, but through the combination of covering them for nearly three years and information from multiple sources, Scout predicts where North Carolina's No. 11-No. 15 prospects will play college football.
As for upcoming visits, he will head to Florida State on March 24-25 and South Carolina in April. I am told the Florida State visit is very significant and if it goes well, the Seminoles could become a major player for the state's top wide receiver. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Turner also plans to check out North Carolina and Virginia Tech in the near future.
In the end, though, this will come likely come down to the Tar Heels and Hokies. His overall familiarity with the programs and relationships with the coaching staffs give those two schools the best shot. The X factor in his decision could be his relationship with former North Carolina commit D.J. Crossen. The two are close friends and there is a good chance they in end up at the same school.
Prediction: North Carolina
He recently visited North Carolina and the trip went well. His next trip will be to Virginia Tech on April 8 and then he plans to head to Ohio State during spring break.
When it comes to Wilson's recruitment, I think location will play a significant role in his decision. Thus Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech could benefit. All seven have a chance, but when Clemson really wants a prospect, they typically land him.
Jordyn Adams' recruitment has exploded over the past few months. Adams, who transferred from Blythewood (S.C.) to Cary (N.C.) Green Hope a few months ago, is nearing 20 scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Adams is taking his time with the recruiting process, but I think some schools to watch are North Carolina (his father is defensive line coach for the Tar Heels), Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State.
Adams' father, Deke, will undoubtedly be their to give him advice. But the elder Adams is a coaching veteran and will let his son make his own decision. With that being said, I would still give North Carolina the edge.
Prediction: North Carolina
Alim McNeill has been one of the hottest prospects in the country over the past month. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman has added close to 20 offers in the last six weeks and the total has reached 26.
Virginia Tech offered late last year before his recruitment began to pick up steam and looked to be the clear leader for a while. The following month, local schools Duke and NC State offered, and he has visited both multiple times since.
He will likely visit Florida State, Maryland and Michigan soon, so keep an eye on those schools, as well as North Carolina. He does not plan to make a decision until January, so a lot can happen, but playing close to home appeals to the Sanderson standout. NC State has been recruiting him a long time and he has visited them more than any other school, so I think he will sign with the Wolfpack.
Prediction: NC State
D.J. Crossen orginally committed to North Carolina last summer, but reopened his recruitment in January. The departure of defensive backs coach Charlton Warren to Tennessee and wanting to explore his options led to his decision.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Crossen's last visit was to North Carolina and the trip went well. Most importantly, he was able to meet new defensive backs coach Terry Joseph. He is in the process of setting up trips to Maryland and West Virginia.
Ultimately, I think this will be a North Carolina-Virginia Tech battle. If Crossen's relationship with Joseph continues to grow, there is good chance he recommits to the Tar Heels.