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Heel Tough Blog: Reactions to Tuesday’s New 247Sports Rankings

On Tuesday afternoon, 247Sports released a new set of rankings for the 2020 class. The Tar Heels 2020 class commits and targets saw some different fluctuations in their rankings. Let’s take a look at our reactions to the new rankings.

Jacolby Criswell Finally Gets That 4th Star

Andrew Ivins- 247Sports

It took a while, but the talented Arkansas-based Tar Heel quarterback commit finally received that fourth star that he deserved. Criswell has been fantastic on the summer camp circuit including a strong showing at the Elite 11 in Frisco, TX. Criswell jumps from No. 371 in the 247Sports Composite player rankings to No. 300 and is now ranked as the No. 9 DUAL in the 2020 class.

Clyde Pinder Jr. Has Not Been Able Any Closer to Being a 4✮


This is something that continues to baffle me with just how impressive his tape is. Pinder Jr. recently earned and accpeted an invite to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January after a good summer on the camp circuit. Still, somehow, Pinder Jr. dropped in the latest release of the rankings, falling to No. 428 in the 247Sports Composite player rankings. Pinder Jr. is also rated as the No. 40 DT in the 2020 class.

Malik McGowan Falls Continues

Jacob Turner- Tar Heel Illustrated

The 247Sports Composite player rankings continue to drop McGowan down the rankings at a torid pace and there is really no solid reason as to why. McGowan flashed in both of the local offseason camps in the Charlotte area and his tape impresses everytime you throw it on. While we’re not saying that McGowan should be ranked in the top 300, to continue to drop him and have him outside of the top 1000 is just disrespectful.

Jefferson Boaz Sailing Up the Board

Boaz is one of the hottest names on the 247Sports Composite player rankings, as he jumped from No. 1174 in the last rankings to No. 865 in this edition of the rankings. Since June 15th rankings, Boaz has moved up 733 spots in Composite rankings. The move likely has a lot to do what he showerd at Mack Brown’s Showtime Camp, as well as his time at the Shrine Bowl Camp, where he showcased his array of abilities. 247Sports has officially moved Boaz to tight end, the position that he expects play at Carolina. Boaz is ranked as the No. 38 TE in the 2020 class.

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