North Carolina entered Brandon Huffman’s recruitment in a big way on Thursday afternoon.
In a meeting with Roy Williams at the Smith Center, Huffman picked up an offer from the Tar Heels.
A 6-foot-9, 230-pound center from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, Huffman is the first in-state member of the 2017 class to receive a UNC scholarship offer.
“It means a lot,” Huffman told Inside Carolina on Thursday. “(Word of God Head) Coach (Brian) Clifton has been telling me since I got here that he thought I’d end up at North Carolina.”
With a scholarship offer from Williams, Huffman has a chance to make Clifton’s words come true.
Playing for Team Loaded N.C. -- which also features 2018 UNC commitment Rechon "Leaky" Black -- this past summer, Huffman served as the team’s main inside presence. He played mostly in the paint and often contributed through blocking shots and rebounding.
"Blessed with a solid frame, meaty shoulders and above-average athleticism, Huffman is improving rapidly,” Inside Carolina recruiting analyst Rob Harrington explained in his post-summer evaluation. “The big man must improve his post footwork and moves, but his upside certainly could place him at a major conference program.”
Huffman also holds offers from Tennessee, Memphis, LSU, UConn, South Carolina, Indiana, Georgia Tech and Baylor. With interest from high-major schools across the country, Huffman isn't sure when he'll end his recruitment. However, he's looking to sign in the fall.
"I'm really not worried about what other players at my position are going to do," Huffman explained. "I'm confident that these schools want me because they've gone all-in."
With the Tar Heel scholarship offer in hand, Huffman plans to sit down with his family and evaluate the next step. He said he's made a portfolio of all interested schools, which includes evaluations and comparisons of program history, winning tradition, post usage, and other factors.