Beginning Friday, North Carolina will host its last major recruiting weekend of the 2017 cycle. Joining six UNC verbal commitments, seven of the Tar Heels’ top remaining targets are scheduled to be on campus for official visits -- Beau Corrales, A.J. Davis, Jaquan Henderson, Tim Jordan, Dazz Newsome, Ameer Speed, and Jordan Tucker.
UNC is hoping to complete its 2017 wide receiver haul with a tall, but fast, wideout and the 6-foot-4 Beau Corrales sits atop its wish list. Indiana, where he officially visited in December, set the bar high. The Georgetown (Texas) native has also taken an official trip to Utah and has talked to Arizona State, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia about official visit stops later this month.
For this entire recruiting class, UNC has attempted to replenish its running back depth chart, which lost three members following the season. It could make additional progress with that objective when four-star A.J. Davis and Tim Jordan are on campus this weekend. Next weekend, Davis is scheduled to officially visit Louisville, while Jordan travels to Tennessee. Jordan, a 6-foot, 187-pounder from Bartow (Fla.), also has an official visit scheduled to Purdue the final weekend before Signing Day. Prior to the Dead Period, Davis, a 5-foot-11, 193-pounder from Lakeland (Fla.), took official trips to Missouri and Pittsburgh.
Jaquan Henderson, a four-star linebacker from Covington (Ga.) Newton, has been verbally committed to Tennessee since June. But, he decided to use all five of his allotted official visits before formally ending his recruitment. Ahead of the Dead Period, the 6-foot-1, 197-pounder officially visited Indiana, Michigan State, and Nebraska, but he has since eliminated all three Big 10 programs. After official trips to UNC and Tennessee the next couple of weekends, he’ll make a final, final decision.
Like Henderson, Dazz Newsome will arrive in Chapel Hill on Friday committed to another school (i.e. Maryland). UNC isn’t his only mistress -- the 5-foot-10, 170-pound conerback from Hampton (Va.) is also scheduled to officially visit Virginia Tech, where his father played and his brother, Deon, is a junior safety.
Earlier this week, Ameer Speed named Georgia, Michigan State, UNC, Oregon, and Virginia Tech his finalists. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound cornerback from Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood will have officially visited all five by the end of this month.
Earlier this week, Jordan Tucker’s January official visit schedule included stops at Louisville, South Carolina, and Mississippi State on consecutive weekends. Desperate to add a fifth offensive lineman to this class, UNC enticed the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Roswell (Ga.) offensive tackle to bump his trip to Louisville in favor of a trip to Chapel Hill. Besides his official visit destinations, Tucker is still considering Auburn, Louisville, and Virginia Tech.
In addition to enjoying themselves, UNC verbal commitments Brian Anderson, Jeremiah Gemmel, Kayne Roberts, Malik Robinson, Billy Ross, and Caleb Rozar will be around all weekend long to lend a helping hand in building upon this class.