Jabari Smith, one of the most talented recruits in the class of 2021, will announce his commitment this Friday, Oct. 9. Smith will make his decision at 3:00 p.m. EST.
Despite the national appeal, Smith’s recruitment is mostly regionalized. According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello, Smith’s top six includes two ACC programs: North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Several SEC schools are also in contention: Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia and LSU. (Alabama, Florida State and Ole Miss were also in the mix.)
Auburn currently projects as the favorite to land Smith, though.
Top-five prospect Jabari Smith tells ESPN he will announce his college decision on Friday.
Ranked No. 5 in 2021, Smith is considering Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
(First reported by @TiptonEdits.)
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) October 6, 2020
Smith would check a lot of boxes for the Tar Heels; Roy Williams continues to look for a signature frontcourt 2021 commitment.
Last week, North Carolina landed a commitment from in-state 4-star shooting guard D’Marco Dunn. The Tar Heels now have two 4-star commits for 2021, both from North Carolina: Dunn and forward Dontrez Styles, a Kinston native, who committed to UNC over NC State, Clemson, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
However, North Carolina missed on 5-star 2021 forward Harrison Ingram three weeks back — now headed to Stanford. Back in June, the Heels landed in the top seven for 5-star center Chet Holmgren; since then, though, interest has tapered off. Holmgren is now down to just Gonzaga and Minnesota.
Georgia Tech, on the other hand, has just one 2021 commitment: 4-star combo guard Miles Kelly,