Heel Tough Blog: How Do the Tar Heels Close 2021 Class?

Yesterday, Tar Heels’ 2021 4✮ defensive tackle target Tyleik Williams announced his commitment to Ohio State, leaving the Tar Heels with just a few uncommitted prospects remaining in the 2021 cycle. Let’s take a look at the four players that the Tar Heels are focusing on right now as they look for a strong finish to the class.

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4✮ DT Tyrion Ingram-Dawkins- Gaffney (Gaffney, SC)

Ingram-Dawkins is the team final defensive target in the class and the staff would love to add him at a position that is still in need of talented depth. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, it looks like they are playing catch-up. Although it’s hard to get a real firm read on exactly who Ingram-Dawkins has as his leader, the Georgia Bulldogs have seemed to establish themselves as the favorite over the past few weeks. The good news for the Tar Heels is that the 2022 class looks loaded at defensive tackle, primarily in-state, but that doesn’t mean that they still aren’t going to continue to make a run at this talented South Carolina native.

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4✮ OG Yousef Mugharbil- Murphy (Murphy, NC)

Mugharbil seems to be the Tar Heels top target along the offensive line at this point. The staff has really turned up the heat on this one since the decommitment of Jared Wilson earlier this month and it seems to be paying off. The team has definitely made some progress and with Mugharbil wanting to take official visits at some point in the next couple of months, has seemingly locked up one of the five available official visit spots that he’ll be hoping to use. With how limited the communication is with Mugharbil, it’s tough to get a read on where exactly everyone in his top seven stands, but the Tar Heels definitely appear to be in a good spot with him at the moment.

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4✮ TE Bryson Nesbit- South Mecklenburg (Charlotte, NC)

Nesbit’s commitment, like Mugharbil’s, is one that isn’t as public as some of the others in this class and also looks as if he is slow playing his process in an attempt to get some official visits in. Even with that, this looks like another battle between the Tar Heels and Gamecocks, a common battle that we have seen so far in the 2021 cycle. After some early momentum led to the Gamecocks jumping out as the heavy favorites, the Tar Heels have made a hard charge to make this a neck-and-neck battle between the two. The Gamecocks have become the favorite with another 4✮ tight end in Michael Trigg, which could be playing heavily into the Tar Heels favor along with the fact that there could be early playing time available with a lot of uncertainty at tight end.


4✮ OT Diego Pounds- Millbrook (Raleigh, NC)

Pounds is closing in on a decision and the Tar Heels are in the thick of things, even with their late arrival into his recruitment. There are some rumors that a commitment could be coming as soon as this Friday and the Tar Heels seem to be one of the two favorites to be the versatile offensive lineman’s choice. The biggest obstacle is Penn State, the team that is right now seen as the leader for Pounds in part because of how long the Tar Heels waited to jump into the running for him. The question now becomes is there enough time for the staff to make one final push to add him to this class where they want to add a second offensive line commit?

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