North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels usher in active but unexciting early signing period

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Join us daily at ACC DieHards for the latest North Carolina recruiting news and notes on the next crop of Tar Heels. Don’t miss any coverage from Cody Pace and the DieHards.com team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we discuss the college basketball early signing period, which begins on Wednesday.


Meet the Tar Heels top prospects

On Wednesday, Roy Williams will officially usher in his best recruiting class since 2014.

While the class could certainly add another player, Wednesday marks the beginning of the seven-day early signing period, running Nov. 8-15.

While this signing period isn’t expected to yield anything unexpected for the Tar Heels, all three of the class’ current commits are expected to sign their National Letters of Intent, which binds them to North Carolina.

This class, which is the top-rated class in the country, is Williams’ first class with two 5-star recruits since the 2014 class that brought in Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson.

Here’s a quick look at each of the three prospects expected to make their relationships with North Carolina official over the next week:

5-star SF Nassir Little, Orlando, Fla.

Little is Williams’ top-rated commitment since Jackson, who was the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2014.

Little, also the No. 9 player in his class per 247Sports, has had a rather dramatic recruitment. The class’ No. 4 small forward was connected to many schools including Miami and Arizona until the FBI’s bombshell investigation implicated both programs in illegal recruiting activities.

Little, as well as the coach of 1 Family, his AAU team, were also implicated as one of the athletes in the investigation. Allegedly, Little requested $150,000 from Arizona and adidas discussed matching that to get him to Miami and funneling that money through his coach. Little denied that he or his family had any involvement.

Little is scheduled to sign his letter of intent on Nov. 11, according to the 1 Family Twitter account.

5-star CG Coby White, Wilson, N.C.

Things have been relatively quiet from White since he committed in July.

The nation’s No. 3 combo guard and No. 23 overall player did himself some favors over the course of the summer, earning his fifth star from the 247Sports composite ratings.

White is also dealing with the recent loss of his father. It’s unclear when White plans to sign his letter of intent, though he is expected to officially sign over the next week.

4-star G/F Rechon Black, Concord, N.C.

Black isn’t your typical point guard, standing at 6-foot-7, but that’s how Williams plans to use the third commit in the Class of 2018.

Black has ball-handling skills that you don’t typically see in someone his size and he’ll give Williams plenty of options once he arrives on campus in 2018.

Black doesn’t plan on wasting any time sending in his letter of intent. Per his Twitter account, Black will host a signing event at Cox Mill High School at 2:30 on Wednesday.

Payton Wilson undergoes successful surgery

After tearing his ACL in what was supposed to be the next to last game of his senior season, 4-star outside linebacker Payton Wilson underwent successful surgery on Tuesday at the North Carolina Specialty Hospity in Durham, N.C., according to his Twitter account.

The injury occurred while Wilson returned the opening kickoff against Cedar Ridge on Oct. 27. Wilson, the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 68 overall player in the Class of 2018, finished his senior season with 103 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.


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