In the past eight days, the Tar Heels have flipped two 2020 NC State commitments. The second came just a little while ago when 2020 3✮ OG Jonathan Adorno flipped his commitment to Mack Brown and the Tar Heels.
Adorno, the No. 46 offensive guard in the 2020 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, announced the decision via Twitter on Tuesday night following an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill on Saturday. Adorno committed to NC State back in June, but Inside Carolina reports that Tim Brewster, the Tar Heels’ recruiting coordinator, kept in contact with him and his visit to campus was an eye-opening one that had a major impact on his decision to flip. Adorno is in his third year as a starter at right tackle at Rolesville High School in Rolesville, NC and is a big part of an 8-1 team that boasts one of the better offenses in the state of North Carolina.
Adorno’s tape is one of my favorites in this class. There is so much to like about his game, beginning with his upper body strength. Adorno’s power is why he is able to put so many defensive lineman on the ground. Combine that with the great athleticism that he possesses and that makes him a freight train, especially in pull block situations or whenever he gets downfield to block. Adorno is a good pass protector, as well, something this Tar Heel offensive line is in need of right now. He does a good job of getting his hands on pass rushers early and is able to anchor well, making it difficult for defensive linemen get by. That athleticism comes in handy, as well, as he doesn’t look like a guy that should be too bothered by athletic pass rusher and should be able to mirror fellow defensive linemen. He will have to add some size to his frame, but this is a guy that, despite being listed as a guard, will have a chance to make an impact early in his career along this Tar Heel offensive line at offensive tackle.
The commitment now gives the Tar Heels 26 commits in the 2020 class and some good depth along the offensive line in this class after entering Sunday with just two offensive linemen committed in the class. This is also Mack Brown’s third flip of an NC State commit to Carolina since his return to Chapel Hill. During that same time period the Tar Heels have yet to lose a recruit to NC State since his return. The class somehow stays put at 18th in the overall rankings and 4th in the ACC with the commitment, but this team should move up in the near future if can land one or two more major targets.