UNC Football: Tar Heels land first 2020 commit

UNC Football lands its first verbal commitment in the 2020 class earlier in the week

The North Carolina Tar Heels football program is on the board for the 2020 football recruiting class.

Earlier this week, the Tar Heels landed their first verbal commitment in that 2020 class with running back Elijah Burris offering his verbal. The Mount Holly, NC native is ranked as a three-star running back according to the early 247 Sports rankings and is ranked No. 56 at his position.

Burris hasn’t taken any official visits just yet but has taken two unofficial visits to UNC and an unofficial visit to Notre Dame back in 2017.

His latest visit to UNC came on October 13th and the Tar Heels landed a commitment 16 days later.

Throughout his recruitment, Burris drew interest from several programs including Ohio State, Purdue, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, South Carolina and Tennessee among others but UNC was the only program to offer. The recruit figured it was the right time and made the decision to verbally commit early in his recruitment.

With the Tar Heels on the board early in the 2020 class, the job status of Larry Fedora is a big storyline that will continued to be followed throughout the remainder of this season. The Tar Heels are off to another bad start for the second-straight season and recruiting is taking a big impact.

Despite having a top 30 class for 2018 which has produced some playmakers for Fedora, his 2019 class hasn’t got off to a good start. UNC has just 12 verbal commitments for the class as it stands and it’s ranked No. 61 nationally and No. 13 in the ACC.

The problem for Fedora has been losing in-state recruiting battles.

Fedora has struggled to land the top in-state talent as he’s watched them go off to Georgia, Virginia Tech, Duke, and N.C. State among other programs around the country. In the 2019 class, only four players are from North Carolina.

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While UNC has a tough mountain to climb in turning around the program, this is a good start for what will be another important recruiting class in 2020.