The Tar Heels momentum on the recruiting trail is as palpable as it has even. The train kept rolling on Saturday when 2021 4✮ WR Kobe Paysour announced he was committing to Carolina over Virginia Tech, Georgia and others. Paysour becomes the eighth commitment in the 2021 class, all of which hail from the state of North Carolina.
Paysour, the No. 56 WR in the 2021 class, is a nice addition for a wide receiving corps that will be losing a lot this offseason. As a junior last year at Kings Mountain High School in Kings Mountain, NC, Paysour was the leading receiver for a Mountaineers team that went all the way to the West Regional final, catching 60 passes for 1,138 yards and 16 touchdowns and earning first-team all-conference honors in the Big South 3A conference. His best season on campus, though, came as a sophomore in 2018, as he caught 71 passes for 1,596 yards and 26 touchdowns, earning first-team all-conference honors once again, but somehow missed out on All-Observer honors. He got his career off to a strong start as a freshman, catching 27 passes, 644 yards and four touchdowns.
Paysour is just what the needed at the wide receiver position. At 6’2, 175 lbs., Paysour has the size to play on the outside and his ability to create separation will help. Although he’s not the fastest wide receiver in terms of straight line speed, he has enough vertical quickness to pull away from defenders, something that allowed him to average 21.4 yards per reception in the first three seasons of his prep career. Paysour mixes that speed with the ability to climb the ladder and make contested catches. His route tree has been very limited at the high school level, but Lonnie Galloway shouldn’t have much issue taking care of that. While Blackwell is likely the receiver that people will look at to make an early impact in this class, but Paysour won’t be far behind.
With Paysour’s commitment, the Tar Heels class is now ranked 5th in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings. The commitment also moves the Tar Heels ahead of Miami in the ACC rankings, as well, as they now sit No. 2 behind only Clemson. If rumors are true, this isn’t it for the weekend either, Tar Heel fans.