Updated: Jul 4
We talked at length about how important the month of June was going to be for the Tar Heels’ 2024 class. The class entered the month with a lot of commitments but didn’t have the big names at the top that the last few classes have had. Those big names are starting to pour in, though, and the team landed another one while you have may been celebrating the 4th of July with your family.
Just moments ago, 2024 4✮ S TyShun White announced his commitment to the Tar Heels over Maryland, Georgia Tech and others. The Tar Heels and Terrapins were the only ones to receive official visits from White after he canceled what was supposed to be a trip to East Lansing to close the month. This is a race that was controlled by the Tar Heels following the unofficial visit that he took to campus back in mid-April and the official visit seemed to set the bar too high for the other schools to match.
White, the No. 29 safety in the class according to the 247Sports Composite player rankings, is preparing for his final season at the prep level with Georgia high school powerhouse Buford. Last year while playing extensively on both sides of the football, he earned first team all-region honors for his efforts at defensive back as part of one of the most talented defenses in the state of Georgia. He also earned second team all-region honors as a sophomore as a kick returner.
White, who will participate in the Under Armour All-American game in January, is a very solid addition to this safety room that is in need of talent and depth. His strong suit is playing downhill stopping the run, but he is a pretty complete player. He has really good speed that allows him to cover a lot of space quickly and not get beat over the top. He is a punishing but technically strong tackler, making opponents pay if the opportunity is there but not seeking out the highlight reel play in lieu of wrapping up the way he should. His sophomore film showcases his coverage ability a lot more than his junior film does and there there is a lot to like about the way he is able to rotate over the top to help corners and play the football. He is also very cerebral in coverage, reading things quickly and being exactly where he needs to be more often than not. Add in the special teams ability both as a returner and coverage man and this looks like a guy who could contribute immediately and develop into a big part of what the team does at safety moving forwards.
The Tar Heels’ 2024 class now has 22 commitments, which remains one of the biggest classes in the entire country to this point. White’s commitment moves the Tar Heels class all the way back up to 17th overall in the 247Sports Composite team rankings and jumps them back ahead of Miami for second in the ACC class rankings.