Ritzie racked up 74 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and four passes broken up in 2019. 247Sports’ scouting report on the defensive lineman describes him as a physical hitter who has the ability to both lay out the quarterback and slow down the run game.
Ritzie announced on Twitter on April 26 that UNC was one of the final five schools he was considering, along with South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio State. Raneiria Dillworth, a teammate of Ritzie’s at Glenn High School in Kernersville, committed to North Carolina just nine days prior.
The 6-foot-4.5-inch, 274-pound defensive lineman will be committing on June 12 and all eight of 247Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions have the Tar Heels as the favorite to land the young pass-rusher.
JJ Jones is ranked as one of the best wide receivers in the state of South Carolina and hauled in 45 receptions for 707 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
Jones is a four-star prospect and the No. 49 wide receiver in the nation, according to 247Sports, while the composite rankings view him as a three-star recruit and the No. 69 receiver. 247Sports national writer Charles Power describes him as “dangerous after the catch with the ability to rip off long runs” and “capable of making acrobatic catches and beating defensive backs to the ball in-air.”
The Myrtle Beach native tweeted on May 2 that the five schools he was considering were Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi State and North Carolina.
Jones originally announced on May 9 that he would be making his final decision on Aug. 5, but the wide receiver tweeted on Wednesday that he would now be “committing next week” without giving a specific date or time.
All 10 of the Crystal Ball predictions from the last two weeks predict Jones will be joining the Tar Heels in 2021.
A Winston-Salem native and four-star prospect, Zaire Patterson has been impressive at the weak-side defensive end position. He amassed 109 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions and nine forced fumbles in 2019.
247Sports ranks the 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pound defensive lineman as the No. 13 weak-side defensive end in North Carolina and the No. 191 player in the country, compared to the composite rankings that place him as the No. 18 player at his position and the No. 304 overall player in the nation.
Their scouting report on Patterson describes him as a player with a "great burst off the edge" and "long arms, great first step and the closing speed to run down plays from behind."
Patterson announced on April 18 that UNC made the cut for his final eight schools, along with Kentucky, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, Notre Dame, Clemson and Alabama.
There are only two Crystal Ball predictions for where the defensive lineman will end up — both of them favor the Tigers — but Patterson tweeted on Tuesday that his final decision will be coming on May 26.
Landing commitments from Patterson, Jones or Ritzie would be a huge step in the Tar Heels’ path to cementing their 2021 class as a top-three haul in the country.
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