As long as Matthew doesn’t interfere too much, North Carolina will host seven official visitors this weekend. While five of those visits are mere formalities (i.e. solid commitments taking their official visits before enrolling in January), two are big-time targets at positions of need -- Nick Brahms and Jalen Holston.
Brahms, a four-star offensive guard, has been committed to Auburn since July. When the 6-foot-4, 267-pounder pledged to the Tigers, UNC was a finalist.
UNC has four offensive linemen committed (Brian Anderson, Marcus McKethan, Jonah Melton, and Billy Ross). But, it would prefer to sign a class consisting of five -- especially if its fifth member was the nation’s No. 11 guard.
In addition to its coaches, support staff, and the assigned player host, UNC will receive some insider help recruiting Brahms from teammate/close friend/Tar Heel pledge Michael Carter. Carter, who's also officially visiting this weekend, will rarely leave Brahms’s side from the time he leaves his house until the twosome return to Florida.
Dissimilar from Brahms, Holston, a 6-foot, 206-pounder from Stockbridge (Ga.), is uncommitted. However, he hasn't hid his fondness for Virginia Tech, the school UNC happens to be playing on Saturday. Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee also remain in play, but this battle will likely come down to the Heels and Hokies.
Following the 2016 season, UNC will lose two running backs to graduation. If a third, Elijah Hood, declares for the NFL Draft, the Tar Heels would be left with a single scholarship running back, sans the incoming freshman.
Holston, the nation's 26th best running back, would perfectly complement Carter, UNC's lone backfield commitment. Whereas Carter is an all-purpose 'back, Holston brings the power.
Like Carter, J.T. Cauthen, Jake Lawler, Jordon Riley, and Tre Shaw are solid UNC commitments who are taking likely their lone official visits this weekend. The quintuplet are on track to graduate from high school in December, enroll in the spring semester at UNC, and partake in spring practice.