Commitment analysis: Wisdom Asaboro to North Carolina
Wisdom Asaboro emerged on the recruiting scene about midway through this past season and his recruitment took off pretty quickly. Schools from coast to coast started offering the Matthews (N.C.) Covenant Day star even though it was his first full season of high school football.
Asaboro, a Nigerian who found his way to America by way of a nonprofit organization called Access to Success, wasn’t sure if he would sign with the 2019 recruiting class or wait until the 2020 recruiting class until very recently. He took his official visits to North Carolina and Virginia but he was in touch with Tennessee, Penn State, and Auburn down the stretch as well.
Mack Brown and the Tar Heels did a good enough job recruiting Asaboro to earn his commitment on National Signing Day.
WHY IT'S BIG FOR NORTH CAROLINA
The Tar Heels are desperate for reinforcements in the trenches and Asaboro should provide some relief. The 6-foot-8, 280-pound Nigerian has an incredibly high ceiling and could play on either side of the ball. As a defensive lineman, Asaboro has the athleticism and aggressiveness to dominate at the college level but he lacks an understanding of hand techniques and leverage. He has a lot to work on from that standpoint but his physical gifts could shorten the learning curve.
SCHOOLS IT HURTS THE MOST
Virginia was really hoping that everything they could offer on the field and in the classroom would be enough to convince Asaboro to pick them but it didn’t turn out that way. Bronco Mendenhall’s program is pushing to take that next step and adding a big, athletic lineman would have been a big help. Virginia defensive line coach Vic So’oto made a big impression on Asaboro but North Carolina had too much going for them.