Jarred Vanderbilt felt confident a UNC offer was coming soon despite missing most of the summer with a foot injury.
Over the weekend, Roy Williams rewarded his confidence and offered the No. 15 overall player in the class of 2017.
“He officially offered last Friday,” Vanderbilt told Inside Carolina. "They were saying they would like to have me and they explained how they planned on using me. They want me as a playmaker who can play multiple positions. I don't have to have an exact position like a '2,' '3,' or '4.' He just said I could be a playmaker in general."
Inside Carolina recruiting analyst Rob Harrington describes Vanderbilt as a face-up forward.
"Vanderbilt's biggest strength lies in his motor and ability to go to the glass and reel in rebounds," explained Harrington. "He's an impressive athlete that gets off the ground quickly and has good instincts when it comes to going after loose balls or rebounds. He demonstrates good skill and takes defensive boards and looks to start the break. He's also a very good passer. The next step in his development is gaining consistency with his jump shot."
In July, Vanderbilt announced his top nine schools - Kansas, TCU, Kentucky, Houston, Texas, Oregon, Arizona, Baylor and North Carolina. At the time, UNC was the only school yet to offer. Vanderbilt said he won't hold the timing of Williams's offer against the Tar Heels.
"It doesn't hurt them," said Vanderbilt. "They're a good school with a good coach. They have a pretty good system. It's a pretty good offer."
While Vanderbilt hasn't setup official visits, there were preliminary talks with UNC about a potential date. Williams also told Vanderbilt how he envisioned the 2017 class finishing up.
"He told me they already have Jalek (Felton)," said Vanderbilt. "They want three or maybe four more guys. They want me with one big or two bigs, they said it didn't really matter."
Despite a narrowed school list and talk of official visits, Vanderbilt doesn't expect to sign with a school until the spring.
"I want someone to let me play my game and to not be caged up under the basket," he said. "I want a school to just let me be a playmaker and I want somewhere I can fit well into the system. I want a school to help me get to the next level."