The open to the 2019 fall camp season has been hogging most of the headlines over the past couple of days, but just before the start of camp the Tar Heels had one little recruiting storyline that you may have missed.
On Thursday evening, 2020 3✮ SDE Sean Martin announced his decision to decommit from the Tar Heels 2020 class. His decision is a little surprising, considering there were no rumblings of this prior to his decommitment. The belief from people close to the situation is that the commitment of 2020 K Kaulin Parris, a teammate and close friend of Martin’s, to West Virginia played a big role in his decision. West Virginia is now the heavy favorites to land his commitment and the Tar Heels seem to be all but out of the race.
How do the Tar Heels replace what they lost in Martin of Thursday? Well, that question was answered today, as 2020 4✮ DT Kedrick Bingley-Jones announced his commitment at noon. The former Florida commit had been one of the Tar Heels top targets since Mack Brown arrived back in Chapel Hill and in the past couple of months, the Heels made a significant push to land his services. Bingley-Jones isn’t quite as athletic as Martin was, but he fits the Tar Heel defensive system perfectly and has a chance to make an early impact for the Tar Heels. The Heels are also still the leader for 2020 5✮ WDE Desmond Evans, who is that prototype for the RUSH end position that Martin may have gotten some reps at had he stayed with Carolina.
Thursday night’s decommitment can definitely not be completely overlooked, as it dropped them to 17th in the 247Sports Composite overall team rankings and cost them one of the more underrated prospects in their 2020 class. With Bingley-Jones decision looming today and Evans still considered a strong lean towards the Tar Heels, there is no real reason for concern.