The commitment watch seems to officially be off as of Wednesday evening. That’s when one of the Tar Heels top remaining targets in the 2021 class, 3✮ K Andres Borregales, announced he was shutting down his commitment and remaining committed to Miami.
Shortly after 8:00, the No. 2 kicker in the country took to Twitter to announce his intentions. This came after a virtual visit to Carolina earlier in the day, a visit that was originally scheduled to take place on Monday before it was postponed. To say that some of the current commits in the class weren’t too happy about the decision was a bit of an understatement, something that is understandable considering that the rumors that Borregales was set to flip after a visit that was basically the last step in a flip.
This is a disappointment for sure, but the flip was probably a longshot from the beginning. Borregales plays his high school football right in Miami’s backyard, so proximity was not something that was playing into the Tar Heels favor. Add in the fact that his family is strongly connected to the Hurricanes, especially now that his brother, Jose, is set to play there this year and this may have been a pipe dream all along.
The Tar Heels are still in solid shape at kicker beyond the 2020 season. While Grayson Atkins will only be able to help the team for this season, Noah Ruggles and Jonathan Kim will both return and the Tar Heels could still add a talented preferred walk-on if they are still uncertain about the future of the position and still save a scholarship.
This is another recent blow to the Tar Heels 2021 class, but the class still remains in phenomenal shape. Losing Tony Grimes’ commitment from the class because of his reclassification definitely hurt, as the team’s class drops to 7th in the overall rankings, but remains 1st in the ACC rankings. The Tar Heels still appear to have three or four spots open in the cycle and still have some strong connections with some highly-rated prospects.