Three of the Heels top remaining targets in the 2020 class released a top schools list late last week. The Heels appeared on all three of the prospects top lists, but the question is, just how good of standing are the Heels in to land each of the player's services? Let’s take a look at the chances that the Heels have to add each of these prospects to their 2020 class.
2020 5✮ WDE Desmond Evans
Evans announcement of his top ten on Thursday night came as a bit of a surprise, but a pleasant one for the Heels. Considering the new staff has established a strong relationship with him after Fedora’s staff planted the intitial seeds, this wasn’t much of a shock either. Evans is the state of North Carolina’s top prospect for the 2020 class and will hope to carry his Lee County team to a run in the 3AA playoffs after a first round exit a year ago.
Chances to Land: 35%. From the get-go of his recruitment, we’ve heard that this will likely be an in-state battle at the end for his services. Clemson and Alabama will make this race interesting, especially the prior of the two, but the Heels will have a fighting chance to land one of the state’s best prospects in the last few years.
2020 4✮ OLB Trenton Simpson
Simpson released his top five on Friday night after announcing earlier in the week that he would be narrowing his decision down. Simpson has continued to climb the recruiting rankings after finishing his junior season at Charlotte powerhouse Mallard Creek. Simpson has been one of the top performers on the camp circut in the Charlotte area so far, jumping him to the No. 2 prospect in the state of North Carolina. Simpson is expected to take over his linebacker role full time after splitting time at running back in each of the last two seasons, as he looks to help Mallard Creek lift its first 4AA state title trophy for the first time since 2015.
Chances to Land: 60%. Simpson has really connected with the new staff in a big way, so much so that the Heels are seen as the leaders to land his services. Georgia is making a steady push, but the Heels are still in a great spot to add this talent in-state headliner to its 2020 class.
2020 4✮ WR Muhsin Muhammad III
Muhammad announced his top eight as scheduled on Thursday night. Muhammad is one of the state's top receivers in the 2020 class and the Heels have got themselves in the thick of his race as of right now. Muhammad has torn up the offseason camps once again this summer, showcasing phenomenal hands and route running that led him to a successful prep career. The Charlotte-area product is entering his senior year looking to expand upon last year’s 1,000-yard receiving season and potentially lead his high school, Myers Park, to its first state championship appearance since 1965.
Chances to Land: 5%. Muhammad does have good ties to Heels, but with the 2020 class already having three wide receivers committed, Muhammad may be looking for a less crowded wide receiving corps to join. NC State and Texas A&M look like the favorites right now to land the son of the former NFL receiver.