The summer dead period begins on Monday, but the Heels are using the final days before that begins to host some extremely important official visits.
This weekend’s group is the largest group of official visitors that the staff has had on campus so far this offseason, as six 2020 prospects will be taking their officials over the weekend. Headlining the group will be 4✮ SDE Myles Murphy, an in-state defensive linemen who many feared would not take his official visit to Chapel Hill until about a week ago. Carolina will be Murphy’s fourth official visit, as the Greensboro-native has already made stops at South Carolina, Florida and Alabama in the prior three weeks and is tentatively scheduled to visit LSU next weekend, although it has not yet been set in stone.
Defensive linemen, as they have over the past couple of weeks on the trail for the Tar Heels, dominate the rest of the group that will be visiting. 4✮ DT Tonka Hemingway will take his official visit to Chapel Hill after an unofficial visit back on June 10th and an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend. 3✮ SDE Joe Moore III will come in from St. Louis for his official visit, following a mid-week official visit to Minnesota. Meanwhile, Douglasville, GA 3✮ SDE Bradyn Swinson will taking his first, and right now only, scheduled official visit of the summer.
The other two official visitors are interesting cases. 3✮ ATH T Lee III is still committed to Arizona State, but will take his first official visit of the summer to Carolina as he is still going through the process of making sure Arizona State is the right decision. The final member of this weekend’s visiting group is a name that just surfaced this past weekend after the Showtime camp. 3✮ WR Devon Achane, a high school teammate of current Tar Heel commit Malik Hornsby, is also taking his first official visit of the summer. Right now he still seems to be in the relatively early stages of his recruiting process, so it will be intriguing to see whether or not the Heels are able to make a good enough impression to gain an early advantage.
Out the group of six, the name to most likely to become the 20th commitment of the Tar Heels 2020 class is Swinson. Like the Tar Heels last two commitments, Swinson has made a quick connection with the Heels following his recent offer. If the Heels are able to put it all together for him on this visit, don't be shocked if he pulls the trigger on a commitment.
The Tar Heels 2020 class is off to one of the program's best recruiting start of the modern recruiting era with the class currently sitting 10th in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Even if the Tar Heels are unable to land a commitment this weekend, the Heels still have a chance to strengthen their standing with some major targets from this 2020 recruiting cycle.