UNC Football: Tar Heels land four-star in-state defensive back

The UNC Football program lands another recruit in the 2021 recruiting class, giving them four commitments early on in the cycle

Mack Brown and his coaching staff at North Carolina have added to their 2021 recruiting class just a few days after 2020 National Signing Day.

Four-star defensive back Gabe Stephens pledged his commitment to the Tar Heels on Friday, becoming the latest player to join the Tar Heels 2021 class. The in-state recruit announced his decision on Friday afternoon and decided to stay home and play for the Tar Heels:


Stephens becomes the fourth player to commit to North Carolina in the 2021 class joining linebacker Power Echols, safety Dontavius Nash and athlete Caleb Hood, all are in-state prospects. UNC’s class also features three four-star recruits and has jumped to No. 13 in the 247 Sports recruiting rankings.

The recruit posted this message in his tweet committing to North Carolina:

“This was a tough decision, but I would like to thank Coach Thigpen and Coach Gillespie for making this process stress free. I would also like to thank Coach Mack Brown for being the GOAT and keeping it real with me. With all that being said, I’m committing to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill!”

Stephens is the No. 240 overall in the 2021 class and No. 13 in the state of North Carolina. He picked the Tar Heels over finalists Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Georgia Tech.

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