The announcements were made with the player surrounded by family and standing behind the caps of his finalists, then picking up the chosen school’s hat and placing it on his head—or that of his mother, if he were so inclined.
None of those four Tar Heels’ caps was ever touched, except perhaps later to be dropped in a prop bag.
And what could have been a huge day for UNC’s so-far disappointing Class of 2010 wound up being a nonentity, with no commitments.
The most painful loss was that of Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes DE Brandon Willis, a consensus Top 100 player. Posters and emails assured me all week that Willis, who had recently decommitted from
Uh, no. He grabbed the Volunteers’ hat instead.
Three other very good players also got away. DT Sharrif Floyd of
The Tar Heels are running out of options, but things can always change at any point before the Feb. 3 National Signing Day. This weekend is important, as the Tar Heels have five players visiting.
Inside Carolina.com had that total listed as six a few minutes ago, but one of those was DE Tavaris Barnes, who committed to Clemson Sunday night after his weekend visit and said he will not visit Chapel Hill.
UNC coach Butch Davis has a reputation as a recruiting closer. Time to put that in gear.
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