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2020 UNC Target: Porter Rooks

The in-state wideout is one of the few 2020 recruits that can say he possesses a UNC offer.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- North Carolina is the most recent school to offer freshman phenom Porter Rooks. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wide receiver from Providence Day School now holds four offers.

Scouting Report

"Porter has the chance to be an elite player in the nation, hands down," Providence Day head coach Adam Hastings said. "He has great work ethic. He's immensely talented. He can do it all. I'm excited to see if the projection is reality; I think it is."

Prep Career

A few months ago, Rooks was named to the MaxPreps freshman All-American and NCSIAA All-State teams. On the season, he snagged 35 passes for 531 yards and five touchdowns. In addition to receiver, he was plugged in as a Wildcard quarterback, where he rushed for 308 yards and a pair of scores.


This past Signing Day, Larry Fedora phoned Hastings.

"He said that besides [Zamir White], Porter was the most talented prospect he's seen this young," Hastings said. 

Hastings eventually handed the phone to Rooks. Before hanging up, Rooks received his newest scholarship offer.

"Coach Fedora and I talked for a little bit," Rooks said. "And then Coach [Gunter] Brewer and I talked for a little bit. And he officially extended me the offer.

"Of course it's an important offer, because it's from my home state. I've been visiting a lot and I've been feeling a lot of love from them. So, I want to get to know each coach better."

Although nothing has been set, Rooks plans to return to UNC for one of its earlier spring practices.

As he mentioned, Rooks has already made quite a few visits to UNC. It started when he camped at the school last summer. That opportunity allowed him to work out under Brewer, the Tar Heels' wide receivers coach.

"I really got to bond with Coach Brewer, which was good," Rooks said. "He's not the type of coach that will jump down your throat. He'll correct you on what you have to do next time and move on from there."

Rooks eventually returned to UNC for a pair of football games.

"The environment is great," Rooks said. "The fans are great. When the team does something spectacular, you can tell, because you'll hear the fans roaring. Kenan Stadium is a good place to be."

Outside of UNC, Rooks has visited Clemson and South Carolina.

Rooks received his first offer in the eighth grade when Louisville tendered. Sandwiched between offers from the Cardinals and Heels are offers from East Carolina and Wake Forest.

Expectedly, Rooks lacks any favorites at this early stage of his recruitment.

"I just want to get to know each coach one by one and go from there," Rooks said.

Extra Points

Rooks also is a member of Providence Day's track team. He runs in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and the 4x100 relay... Rooks's older brother, Patrick, played basketball for Clemson, but eventually transferred to Chipola Junior College.

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