After it originally appeared that the Tar Heels were done on the high school trail in the 2021 class, Thursday showed that is not necessarily the case.
The Tar Heels offered 2021 3✮ CB Dontae Balfour, the No. 62 cornerback in the country and the No. 97 player in the state of Florida according 247Sports Composite rankings. Balfour just concluded his senior season at Bradford High School on Starke, Florida, where he racked up 39 total tackles, three interceptions and two pass deflections, while also leading the team in receiving in two of the three major categories, hauling in 25 receptions for 368 yards and two touchdowns. Balfour released his final two of Auburn and Missouri on December 1st and since then, his recruitment really took off. The Tar Heels are one of five schools to offer him since December 9 and after he originally planned to sign in the early window, he announced just two days before the opening of the early signing period that he was delaying his decision and wouldn’t sign until February 3rd.
Following the offer, Tar Heels’ cornerback coach Dré Bly tweeted the tweet above. The big question now is why exactly was this offer extended? Is Balfour a prospect that the staff just felt was too good of a player to pass up on? If that is the case, he will likely be the sole focus of the staff for the remainder of the class. Bly’s tweet, though, has to make you wonder if maybe the team still thinks they could use some more help and may hand out a few more offers in the near future to attempt to better their chances of landing someone on or before February 3rd. These are questions that will be interesting to monitor over the next couple of weeks.