Here are five of the biggest recruits that'll be on campus ...
Jordan Cronkrite: Of the five singled out, the four-star athlete is the only one making an unofficial visit. But if things go well, he plans to return to Chapel Hill later for an official trip. The athlete from Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian originally verbally committed to the hometown Hurricanes in May, but reneged in mid-September. UNC offered a couple of days later, which led to Saturday’s visit. He’s also considering Florida, Notre Dame, Louisville, and West Virginia. The 5-foot-11, 199-pounder is ranked No. 39 at running back, but is being recruited as an athlete.
Jalen Dalton: The four-star prospect’s name has stood atop the Tar Heels’ defensive end board since the staff began evaluating the 2015 class. In reciprocating the interest, Dalton has made countless trips to UNC, including a handful of games plus a couple overnight stays. Thus, the staff has the challenging task of putting together an official visit itinerary that includes aspects Dalton hasn’t experienced. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder from Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth narrowed his focus to Miami, UNC, and Virginia Tech a few months ago, but it is believed to be a two-horse race between the teams that will compete in Kenan Stadium on Saturday.
Ben Edwards: Formerly committed to both Auburn and Ohio State, Edwards has restarted his recruitment with a more patient mentality. He has narrowed his focus to Miami, UNC, Stanford, and UCLA and scheduled official visits to each. First up is Chapel Hill this weekend followed by Stanford on Oct. 25, Miami on Nov. 15, and finally UCLA on Nov. 22. Heading into his official visit schedule, Stanford is the leader. UNC hopes the 5-foot-11, 192-pounder solves its onerous safety objective – two previous safety pledges flipped to other schools. Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian teammate and close friend Andre Smith has been committed to UNC for almost a year, which should only help the Tar Heels’ chances with Edwards.
Andre Smith: Speaking of Smith, he says his year-long commitment to UNC is solid, but took an official visit to Nebraska a couple of weeks ago and returned saying the experience had opened up his eyes. Furthermore, he plans to eventually set up official trips to Michigan and Wisconsin. That is, of course, unless the Tar Heels' coaching staff convinces the 6-foot, 238-pound linebacker into staying put in Jacksonville until National Signing Day. He is now the No. 27-ranked prospect at his position in the nation.
William Sweet: Similar to Smith, Sweet’s verbal commitment to UNC hasn’t stopped him from visiting other schools – both unofficially and officially. The four-star offensive tackle officially visited Missouri a couple of weekends ago and has official trips scheduled with Michigan (Oct. 11), Tennessee (Oct. 25), and LSU (Nov. 8). The ideal scenario for the Tar Heels: this weekend’s official visit persuades Sweet to cancel all future recruiting trips and sign his Athletic Scholarship Agreement (he’s an early enrollee) with UNC. The 6-foot-5, 277-pounder has seen his recruiting stock rise since committing to UNC in April – he’s currently the No. 22 ranked offensive tackle and a member of the Scout.com 300.
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