It’s no secret that wide receiver is a big need for the Tar Heels in the 2023 recruiting class with all of the issues that the team is having depthwise following a slew of transfers at the position over the past year. On Wednesday, however, the team lost one of its top targets at the position to one of college football’s powerhouse ahead of what was supposed to be an official visit to campus for him.
Shortly before 2:30 PM today, 4✮ WR target Noah Rogers announced via social media that he was becoming the latest big-name wideout in the 2023 class to commit to Ohio State. This didn’t come as much of a shock considering the Buckeyes had been the longtime leader for him and were running out of spots in class at the position, but the Tar Heels were hoping they could get one final push in for him this weekend with his scheduled official visit to Chapel Hill. He becomes the second Tar Heel target that was set to take his official visit this weekend to commit so far this week, joining 4✮ DL target AJ Hoffler, who committed to Clemson on Tuesday.
The commitment will now turn the Tar Heels' attention to a group of other major targets at the position, including some who will visit this weekend. 4✮ Christian Hamilton and 3✮’s Kevin Concepcion, Paul Billups and Tamarcus Cooley are all scheduled to be on campus as part of a huge official weekend before the looming dead period.
There’s no doubt that letting the top prospect in the state go elsewhere is a tough pill to swallow but this is something that the staff has probably been preparing for. With the bevy of other targets that the team has in the class at wide receiver and the standing of the team with other top prospects in the state, this is not a miss that should have people too concerned