While most schools receive commitments during this time while holding camps, North Carolina got an extra boost from “Fedora’s Freak Show” on Saturday. Though still a camp, the Freak Show brings in many of UNC’s top targets. Three of them committed to the Tar Heels over the weekend.
Cameron Albright, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety out of Kennesaw (GA) North Cobb, committed to the Tar Heels while at the Freak Show on Saturday.
“Academics, athletics, the people, the life after football – it’s all just felt right for me,” Albright told InsideCarolina.com’s Don Callahan. “It’s the place I want to be.”
After visiting Wake Forest and N.C. State in the two days prior to Saturday, Albright pulled the trigger after visiting Chapel Hill again.
Both Rivals.com and Scout.com rate Albright as a three-star, while 247Sports.com has him as a four-star.
This recruiting battle for UNC was no easy task, as the Tar Heels beat out Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin and more.
But Albright wouldn’t be the only Georgia safety to commit to the Tar Heels on Saturday as Allen Artis also made the pledge.
Artis, unlike Albright, wasn’t at UNC's camp, but he still decided to pull the trigger this weekend. Also rated a three-star by Scout.com and Rivals.com, Artis made his commitment while there was still a safety spot available. Ayden Bonilla, another Georgia safety, committed last week.
“I am ending my recruitment. I committed to UNC. Thanks to everyone that’s helped me to accomplish this dream! Feels good to be a Tar Heel!” Artis said on his Twitter account.
At 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, Artis is also tall like Albright, though slightly lighter. Artis, Albright and Bonilla will create a Peach State safety trio with a lot of potential in the coming years.
Artis, whose father Johnny played at Wake Forest with UNC receivers coach Gunter Brewer, had a lot of top schools after him, including Arkansas, Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee and Wake Forest.
Last but not least, the Tar Heels added another defensive player with the commitment of defensive endJeremiah Clarke.
Standing at 6-foot-4, 275-pounds, Clarke comes from Alexandria (VA) T.C. Williams, the school famously featured in Remember the Titans.
Scout.com rates Clarke as a four-star and the No. 21 defensive end in the country. Scout.com’s Michael Clark describes Clark as big, strong and fast with a lot of potential to keep improving.
“It was just a gut feeling,” Clarke also told InsideCarolina.com’s Don Callahan. “I liked the education, the school, the fit, the coaching staff – everything. It just came down to fit – it’s where I can see myself fitting in four years.”
After mulling over offers from a list of schools that included Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, N.C. State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, Clarke decided to call it for UNC.
With the additions of Albright, Artis and Clarke, UNC’s recruiting class is shaping up nicely. As a side note on UNC’s recruiting, tight end coach Walt Bell was the lead recruiter in all three recruitments, plus the commitments of Bonilla and Powell last week.