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North Carolina confirms five-star 2021 recruit will reclassify to 2020, join Tar Heels for the fall

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North Carolina football will indeed get immediate benefit from a high school commitment.  Provided there is a season, of course.

In late May, Virginia high schooler Tony Grimes used a video posted on Twitter to reveal his Final Four potential destinations.  And those four potential landing spots?  Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas A&M.  At the time, Grimes stated he wouldn’t make a decision until Dec. 1.  Earlier in June, however, the touted 2021 football recruit announced an expedited timeline for a revelation.  Late last month, Grimes committed to North Carolina football.

Earlier this month, Grimes’ father revealed that his son would reclassify from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2020.  Provided he passes one more high school class — specifically, a government class — Grimes will enroll in classes at UNC in early August.

Thursday, North Carolina confirmed that Grimes will indeed join the football team for the fall.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tony Grimes to our program,” said North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown said in a statement. “While we would have loved for Tony to have been able to play his senior season, he made the decision to reclassify because he thought it was best for him and his family. As a player, Tony is one of the best defensive backs we’ve ever recruited and one of the nation’s top players regardless of class. He’ll have to come in and compete with a group of talented players, but we feel like he’ll have a positive impact on our program. Tony is also a great young man. He’s had the spotlight on him for a long time and he carries himself with class. He’s also an outstanding student, which shows when you consider he was able to graduate from high school a year early. We’re excited to officially welcome Tony and his family to Chapel Hill.”

Grimes was a five-star recruit in the 2021 class according to the 247Sports.com composite.  He was the top-rated cornerback in the country.  And in his home state of Virginia, regardless of position.  On that same composite, he was the No. 7 prospect in the country overall.  However, that was on the next cycle.

As part of the Class of 2020, Grimes is a four-star signee who is the No. 5 cornerback and the No. 40 recruit overall.  He is, though, still the top player in Virginia.

Five-star 2021 commit to reclassify to 2020, enroll at North Carolina in early August

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In a somewhat surprising development, North Carolina football will get immediate benefit from a high school commitment.  Provided there is a season, of course.

In late May, Virginia high schooler Tony Grimes used a video posted on Twitter to reveal his Final Four potential destinations.  And those four potential landing spots?  Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

At the time, Grimes stated he wouldn’t make a decision until Dec. 1.  Earlier June, however, the touted 2021 football recruit announced an expedited timeline for a revelation.  Late last month, Grimes committed to North Carolina football.

Now, according to Grimes’ father, his son will reclassify from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2020.  Provided he passes one more high school class — specifically, a government class — Grimes will enroll in classes at UNC in early August.

The dad, Deon Glover, said the uncertainty over a high school in the state of Virginia was the trigger for the decision.

“Our backs are against the wall,” Glover explained to 247Sports.com. “He doesn’t want to wait around and blow a whole season waiting around to see what’s going to happen with high school sports. He’s going to go ahead and move forward.”

The highly-touted defensive back is the crown jewel of a Tar Heels recruiting class that’s currently ranked third in the country.

Grimes is a five-star recruit in the next cycle according to the 247Sports.com composite.  He’s the top-rated cornerback in the country.  And in his home state of Virginia, regardless of position.  On that same composite, he’s the No. 7 prospect in the country overall.

North Carolina beats out Georgia, Ohio State, Texas A&M for five-star CB Tony Grimes

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Mack Brown and North Carolina are killing it on the football recruiting trail.  Still.

In late May, Virginia high schooler Tony Grimes used a video posted on Twitter to reveal his Final Four potential destinations.  And those four potential landing spots?  Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

At the time, Grimes stated he wouldn’t make a decision until Dec. 1.  Earlier this month, however, the touted 2021 football recruit announced an expedited timeline for a revelation.  As in, June 30.  Today.

And his decision?  North Carolina football, as seen on 247Sports.com‘s YouTube channel.

Grimes is a five-star recruit in the next cycle according to the 247Sports.com composite.  He’s the top-rated cornerback in the country.  And in his home state of Virginia, regardless of position.  On that same composite, he’s the No. 7 prospect in the country overall.

North Carolina football currently holds the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, behind No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. This century, UNC has never had a Top-Five recruiting class. Their highest-ranked class in that span was 10th in 2007, the first year under Butch Davis. The Tar Heels have had five other classes that were Top 20 — 2020 (19th), 2018 (20th), 2011 (18th), 2009 (12th) and 2003 (18th).

Brown, of course, is no stranger to highly-rated recruiting classes. His last 14 years as the head coach at Texas, the Longhorns finished in the Top 10 on 10 different occasions. Included among that was the top-ranked class in 2002. Brown also pulled in the No. 2 classes in 2010 and 2012.

All told, Brown had five Top-Five classes during his time in Austin.

Five-star 2021 corner Tony Grimes to announce decision June 30, with Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Texas A&M in the touted prospect’s Final Four

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One Power Five program won’t have to wait much longer to learn if it lands a top 2021 football recruit.

In late May, Virginia high schooler Tony Grimes used a video posted on Twitter to reveal his Final Four potential destinations.  And those four potential landing spots?  Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

At the time, Grimes stated he wouldn’t make a decision until Dec. 1.  Sunday, however, the touted 2021 football recruit announced an expedited timeline for a revelation.  As in, this month.

At this point, the Tar Heels are the favorites to land the defensive back.  Still, there’s a little over a week for the other three to reel in the touted prospect.

Grimes is a five-star recruit in the next cycle according to the 247Sports.com composite.  He’s the top-rated cornerback in the country.  And in his home state of Virginia, regardless of position.  On that same composite, he’s the No. 7 prospect in the country overall.

Ohio State currently holds the top-rated class in the country.  The Buckeyes hold verbals from four five-star 2021 prospects.  The next 13 schools have a combined five such commitments.

OSU already has a commitment from the No. 3 prospect in the country, Ohio strongside defensive end Jack Sawyer.  The Buckeyes are also the favorite to sign state of Washington strongside defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau, who is the No. 2 recruit in the country. Additionally, wide receiver Emeka Egbuka, the No. 8 overall prospect in the 2021 class and also from the Evergreen State, is expected to commit to the Buckeyes as well.

As for the other three schools involved in the chase for Grimes?  North Carolina holds the No. 4 class, while Georgia is 17th and Texas A&M is 25th.

Ohio State, Georgia in final four for top-rated corner in 2021 recruiting class

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Ohio State already owns the top recruiting class in the next cycle.  The Buckeyes could be set to add to its prospect riches.  Maybe.

On Twitter Sunday, Virginia high schooler Tony Grimes used a video posted on Twitter to reveal his Final Four potential destinations.  And those four potential landing spots?  Georgia, North Carolina and Texas A&M.  And, of course, Ohio State.

That quartet, though, will very likely have to wait a while for a decision.

“So far it is still Dec. 1,” Grimes told 247Sports.com when asked about Decision Day. “I am looking for more of a connection and knowing that there is someone there, that when I get there, I can trust, and someone who is going to develop me. Who is going to develop me more and who is going to put me in a position where I can play, ball out and get developed for the next level?”

Whichever school ultimately signs Grimes, they’ll be getting one of the highest-rated 2021 prospects.

Grimes is a five-star recruit in the next cycle according to the 247Sports.com composite.  He’s the top-rated cornerback in the country.  And in his home state of Virginia, regardless of position.  On that same composite, he’s the No. 7 prospect in the country overall.

Ohio State currently holds the top-rated class in the country.  The Buckeyes currently hold verbals from four five-star 2021 prospects.  The next 11 schools have a combined four such commitments.

As for the other three schools involved in the chase for Grimes?  North Carolina holds the No. 4 class, while Georgia is 12th and Texas A&M is 24th.