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 7 p.m. ET Sunday through Thursday. In this edition, we discuss why 4-star defensive tackle Hakeem Beamon de-committed from North Carolina on Monday.
What’s next for 4-star DT Hakeem Beamon?
North Carolina’s Class of 2019 took a big blow on Monday night when 4-star defensive tackle Hakeem Beamon announced his de-commitment.
The de-commitment wasn’t particularly surprising given that Beamon hasn’t been shy about having open communication with other schools. He visited Clemson in early March.
“De-committing has been on my mind for a long time,” Beamon told Rivals’ Adam Friedman. “Communication played a big part.”
Beamon, a Chesterfield, Va., native, discussed the next steps in his recruitment with Friedman after making his decision official.
Among the more interesting notes from the interview is that Beamon doesn’t appear to be considering North Carolina anymore. He identified Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and South Carolina as his top 4 “right now.”
Three of those four — the Crimson Tide, Gamecocks and Buckeyes — offered Beamon in the last couple months. He’s also been to Alabama for a junior day.
Beamon said he plans to take several visits, first to Ohio State on April 1 and then back to Alabama for its spring game on April 21.
Beamon ranks as the No. 20 defensive tackle and No. 318 overall player in the Class of 2019. He was the highest-rated player in the Tar Heels’ Class of 2019, which is now down to two players: 3-star cornerback Jayden Curry and 3-star safety Coleman Reich.
Tar Heels update recruiting areas for staff
There’s been a lot of turnover on North Carolina football’s staff this offseason.
With new staff members come changes to how the team is dividing its recruiting ground.
On Monday, Inside Carolina tweeted a link to a story that included the new recruiting grounds mapped out. The map is included in the tweet below:
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 19, 2018
Of note are the assignments to the newest hire, former Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie.
Gillespie will handle the area around Raleigh, N.C., and also will recruit on the west coast of Florida just south of Tampa.
Tommy Thigpen, also a former Tennessee staffer who’s just listed as an assistant coach on North Carolina’s official staff page, has been assigned a very important area in North Carolina with the area around Charlotte. He’s also responsible for recruiting north Virginia and the northern area of South Carolina adjacent to Charlotte.
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