Tuesday, November 29, 2022

UNC Gains Commitment from Four-Star WR Chris Culliver

North Carolina’s commitment fireworks continued on the Fourth of July: four-star wide receiver Chris Culliver pledged to the Tar Heels on Monday. He’s UNC’s eighth commitment in the past nine days.

Culliver, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound star at Maiden (NC) High, something UNC over NC State and Virginia Tech. Florida State and Ohio State were also heavily involved. Monday’s commitment follows Culliver’s official visits to UNC and Virginia Tech during the final two weekends of June.

Lonnie Galloway, UNC’s wide receivers coach, led the Heels’ courting of Culliver. Galloway offered Culliver a little over a year ago when the latter participated in that summer’s Showtime Camp.

For 13-1 Maiden High, Culliver was the Blue Devils’ leading receiver (60 grabs for 1,215 yards and 23 TDs), touchdown leader (26 TDs), and a dangerous return man (he returned one of his two kick returns to pay dirt and also had a punt return). He was also the leading receiver during the COVID-shortened 2020 season when he hauled in 33 receptions for 593 yards and three touchdowns in seven games.

“[Culliver] is just very explosive,” Will Byrne, Maiden High’s head coach, said. “… He’s scarily similar to Caleb Farley, who is now playing for the Tennessee Titans. Not only with his explosiveness, but his foot speed, his quickness, [and] his change-of-direction is just so eerily similar to Caleb.

“And, [Culliver] is a great kid — he has a great character, great personality. He’s fun to coach [and] fun to be around. The players love him.

Chris Culliver (Photo: Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina, 247Sports)

In addition to his four-star rating, the 247Sports Composite ranks Culliver the No. 313 overall prospect, the No. 42 wide receiver, and No. 12 NC recruit. Culliver is ranked much higher in the state — at No. 3 — in Inside Carolina’s NC Class of 2023 Top 25with his accompanying writeup stating: “Given his frame and legit speed, Culliver is a toolsy, developmental outside receiver … he has backyard savviness, is great at tracking the ball, will make spectacular catches, and is a threat to score whenever the ball is in his hands.”

In the eight days leading up to Culliver’s commitment, UNC received (in order) pledges from Tre Miller, Zachary Tobe, Tyler Thompson, Jaybron Harvey, Robert Grigsby, christian hamiltonand DJ Geth. In a class where UNC aims to load up at wide receiver, he’s the second wideout commitment, joining fellow four-star Hamilton.

Culliver’s commitment pushes UNC’s class up five spots in the 247Sports’ Team Rankings to No. 16. He is the 14th prospect to pledge to the Heels for the 2023 class.

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