DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – North Carolina football has been rolling on the 2016 recruiting trail, and the Tar Heels picked up another commitment today—and another big flip, mind you—from 3-star safety James Pierre from Deerfield Beach.
Pierre flipped his commitment from Miami to North Carolina, announcing the decision on Twitter:
After talking it over with my mom I am officially taking my talent to UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA. pic.twitter.com/hsvZy1dlRf
— JamesPierre #6 (@TuneLight1) October 13, 2015
Keep in mind, this is the second flip Larry Fedora and his staff have secured in the past week, and it’s the second recruiting “steal” from a major big-name program. Though Miami hasn’t been on top of the football world in a long while now, the Hurricanes still boast one of the the bigger brands in college football and college football recruiting. Speaking of big brands, North Carolina also secured a flip from former Georgia tight end commit Garrett Walston last Thursday evening.
With the addition of Pierre, North Carolina’s 2016 class is now at 19 commits, and though all of Fedora’s recruits are 3-stars; it’s worth noting that the class is ranked in the Top 25 of the 247Sports team recruiting rankings: No. 25 to be exact.
Pierre is ranked as the No. 48 safety nationally, per the 247Sports Composite, and some of his other offers include Wisconsin, West Virginia, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Louisville, Kentucky and Cincinnati among others.
Last week it was impressive that Fedora and company were able to flip a recruit from a major SEC football program, but perhaps when all is said and done getting Pierre to change his mind and forgo his commitment to Miami in favor of the Tar Heels could end up having a bigger impact That’s not to diminish the impact Walston could have for North Carolina either, but rather highlight the importance of this flip as far as the overall picture is concerned.North Carolina was able to flip a recruit from not just an ACC conference opponent, but from a Coastal divisional opponent.
It’s a big deal in recruiting any time a team can take talent away from another, but it’s even bigger when that player flips within the division.It sounds simple, but it could have a profound impact: If the commitment stands, Pierre will have a chance to make plays for North Carolina’s football team in the future, and plays made eventually add up to wins and losses.
If Pierre has a positive impact during his career for the Tar Heels that ultimately translates to a negative impact for the Hurricanes, especially when you consider the close tie of being in the same division. Everything matters.On the surface this is just a story about a 3-star changing schools, but in reality it has the potential to be so much more for North Carolina.
As mentioned above, football as a whole is a cumulative game. What starts in the weight room translates to practice. What happens in practice shows up on the field, and enough good or bad plays one way or another eventually adds up to wins and losses. It all starts on the recruiting trail though, because that’s where you build and that’s where you determine your future.
The future for North Carolina just got a bit brighter with the addition of Pierre. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Miami.