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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Hosting Trio of Important Official Visitors Today

Updated: Dec 12, 2022

Saturday, the Tar Heel basketball team returned to Smith Center for the first time in nearly three weeks in what was a really important game early in the season. Saturday is an important day for Tar Heel football, too, on the recruiting trail, as the team hosts official visits for their two remaining targets in the 2023 recruiting class and one of their initial transfer targets. Here is a look at those that will be on campus today as the looks to begin restacking a roster that has been eviscerated by transfers and decommitments over the past week.


Dakota Hamilton- ETSU Athletics

Alijah Huzzie

The team’s cornerback room has been hit hard by the transfers and this is the first target that the staff has been able to get on campus. Huzzie was an FCS All-American at East Tennessee State where he finished with 59 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, six interceptions and 22 pass deflections. The team did offer Virginia Tech transfer Armani Chatman earlier this week, but it appears that Huzzie is the guy that the staff is primarily focused on to try to help add some depth and talent to that group.


Jim Blackburn- Gwinnett Daily Post

Jordan Louie

With the depth that the team already has in the running back room, they only had two offers extended at the position until November 23rd. That’s when the staff offered the former West Virginia commit and immediately put themselves in the conversation to land his commitment. The Tar Heels get their chance to make a strong impression before he heads to Kentucky next week to close out his official visits before a decision sometime before the closing of the early signing period. The Tar Heels, Wildcats and Vanderbilt Commodores are the three that are left battling for his services. Landing his commitment would only strengthen the momentum that the team has in the state of Georgia and further strengthen the depth at the running back position.


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Michael Short

Short might just be the most important visitor of the group today after the decommitment of 4✮ LB Kaveion Keys on Thursday. Short was an in-state prospect that the staff had been monitoring for a while before they extended an offer back on November 11th, a move that seemed to be made in preparation for a Keys’ decommitment. This visit follows his official trip to Wake Forest, which seems to be the only real threat to the Tar Heels at this point. With this being a position of need to help fill depth after the departure of RaRa Dillworth, you have to think the Tar Heel staff will pull out all the stops.

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