Following Wednesday’s National Signing Day to conclude the 2019 recruiting cycle, new Tar Heel coach Mack Brown and his staff jumped right on the 2020 trail as they prepared for another big recruiting weekend. Today’s group was able to enjoy the Tar Heel basketball teams’ thrilling win over Miami and then produce a thrilling win on the recruiting trail.
That thrilling victory comes in the form of 2020 4✮ WR Ray Grier, who announced his commitment to Carolina via Twitter on Saturday evening around dinner time. The in-state wide receiver plays his high school football at South Point High School in Belmont, NC, which lies just outside of Charlotte. The rising senior is coming off a junior season where he caught 27 passes for 541 yards and seven touchdowns. Grier’s most productive season, though, came as a sophomore as he hauled in 26 receptions for 573 yards and 11 touchdowns. Grier has also been a dynamic punt returner, as he has averaged 18.6 yards per return in his career and returned three punts for a touchdown, all three coming this past season.
Grier’s production may not jump off the page, but considering the offense is a run-heavy Wing-T offense that he plays in, the production is rather impressive. He has the speed necessary to take off of defenses, an explosive aspect that you love to have in an air raid offense. That speed isn’t just great pre-catch, but also after the catch, as Grier’s speed allows him pull away from defenders in the open field and hit gaps that will close quickly. Add in the fact that he has seen some snaps as a Wing-T B-back and you can see why people are excited about Grier’s ability in the open-field and after-the-catch. Grier will have a learning curve when it comes to learning the complex route tree of Longo’s air raid offense. His punt returning ability will at the least allow him to be in the running to start at punt returner if Dazz Newsome departs early for the NFL.
With Grier’s commitment, the Heels 2020 class continues it’s hot start as it is now slayed as the No. 13 class in entire country, the highest a Tar Heel recruiting class has ranked at any point since the Butch Davis era. The class does, however remain 4th in an ACC that is off to a flying start on the 2020 trail. This 2020 class is beginning to look like a special one that will get Carolina back into the resting giant stage that they were at following the 2015 season.