North Carolina recruiting: Tar Heels crack top 12 for 5-star SF Scottie Lewis

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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 team. Read his daily notebooks here at 9 a.m. ET Monday through Friday. In this edition, we discuss 5-star Class of 2019 small forward Scottie Lewis, who narrowed his list of college choices to 12 last week.

Unlike many of the other traditional college basketball powerhouses, Roy Williams hasn’t built his program on luring 5-star, one-and-done type players to his program.

Since the 2014 class that brought Justin Jackson and Theo Pinson to Chapel Hill, only 5-star center Tony Bradley in the Class of 2016 and 5-star combo guard Coby White, committed for the Class of 2018, were five-star prospects. Both the 2015 and 2017 classes featured just one player ranked in the top 100 in the nation.

But early in the cycle, it looks like Williams is changing his approach, going after a majority of the nation’s best talent in the Class of 2019.

Of the nine offers handed out so far, four have gone out to top-10 players and six have gone out to players rated in the top 22 by 247Sports’ composite rankings. In addition to those offers, the Tar Heels have kept a close eye on many players at the top of the class, with six of the top 10 and 11 of the top 22 players at a minimum getting looks from North Carolina during the live periods.

Among that list of players is 5-star Eatontown, N.J., small forward Scottie Lewis, who despite not yet having an offer from North Carolina, took the next step in his recruitment process with the Tar Heels by including them in his top 12  released Saturday night. In addition to North Carolina, St. Johns, Duke, Seton Hall, Maryland, Villanova, Stanford, Kentucky, Kansas, Colgate, Harvard and Florida all cracked his list.


North Carolina’s inclusion in the list seems a little out of place considering Lewis already has 24 offers and North Carolina is the only school in his top 12 that have not extended him one yet. Arizona, Cal, Georgetown, Notre Dame and Xavier were among the schools to offer that didn’t make the cut.

Even without an offer, the class’ No. 1 small forward and No. 6 overall player is certainly on the Tar Heels radar. Just four days before he announced his top 12, Lewis received a visit from Williams in New Jersey.

North Carolina offers 4-star DE Khris Bogle

North Carolina football has slowly but steadily expanded its Class of 2019 recruiting board over the last month, handing out an offer or two a week to members of the junior class.

That trend continued last week with an offer to 4-star Fort Lauderdale, Fla., defensive end Khris Bogle. Bogle tweeted that he received an offer Wednesday night.

Bogle is among the best players in the Class of 2019, ranking as the No. 13 weak-side defensive end and No. 210 overall player per 247Sports. It’s going to be difficult for North Carolina to pull Bogle out of Florida, though, with Florida State, Miami and Florida already involved in his recruitment.

Bogle is already up to 29 offers. In addition to the three big in-state schools, Bogle also has offers from Clemson, Louisville, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame.

So far, the Tar Heels have just three commitments in the Class of 2019 and none of them are on the defensive line. The only defensive lineman committed in the Class of 2018 is 3-star defensive end Chris Collins.

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