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UNC Jumps Clemson for No. 2-Ranked 2021 Recruiting Class; 11 4-Star Commits

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 17, 2020

ANNAPOLIS, MD - DECEMBER 27:  Antonio Williams #24 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Temple Owls in the Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 27, 2019 in Annapolis, Maryland.  (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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North Carolina football jumped to second in the 247Sports class of 2021 team rankings on Friday after 4-star linebacker Raneiria "RaRa" Dillworth committed to the Tar Heels, per Don Callahan of 247Sports. 

That commitment gave UNC 11 total 4-star recruits for its 2021 class. The mark is tied for the most in the nation with Ohio State, which tops the current overall rankings.

The Dillworth signing also allowed UNC to leapfrog perennial ACC powerhouse Clemson, which has one 5-star and nine 4-star recruits thus far. The Tigers fell to third in the rankings.

North Carolina has been doing work recruiting local stars, with 10 of the 11 4-star recruits residing in the Tar Heel state.

Pro-style quarterback Drake Maye is the highest-ranked future class of 2021 Tar Heel thanks to his No. 22 national ranking. Defensive end Keeshawn Silver leads all future classmates on his side of the ball at No. 33.

Head coach Mack Brown has done a tremendous job since taking over the team following the 2018 season, which saw UNC finish 2-9 overall (including one victory versus Division I-FCS Western Carolina) and 1-7 in-conference.

The Tar Heels went 7-6 last season with a 4-4 ACC mark and a dominant 55-13 win over Temple in the Military Bowl.

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All of their losses were by seven or fewer points. One of the defeats went to six overtimes, and another ended after a singular extra session.

UNC also nearly picked off then-defending national champion Clemson in September, losing 21-20 after a late two-point conversion try did not come through.

The Tar Heels' future is bright, with the school also bringing in the No. 19 class in the nation next season. They have as good of a chance as anyone in the ACC to knock Clemson off the conference throne, where the Tigers have resided for the past five seasons.