The North Carolina Tar Heels had a successful day on the recruiting trail Saturday, picking up two commitments in the 2014 class in safeties Cameron Albright and Allen Artis, with the latter being the more slightly touted recruit (though both are solid three-star prospects overall). Artis had plenty of offers, but he chose Larry Fedora and the UNC Tar Heels over touted offers from the likes of the Vanderbilt Commodores, Clemson Tigers, Tennessee Volunteers, Michigan State Spartans, Stanford Cardinal, Michigan Wolverines, Missouri Tigers, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, West Virginia Mountaineers, and Oklahoma State Cowboys. He also chose UNC over the rival N.C. State Wolfpack, so the Heels beat out plenty of tough programs to land Artis.
6’1″, 195 pound star from Marietta, Georgia’s Wheeler High is both one of the top 50 recruits in the state of Georgia and one of the top 50 safety recruits overall. Artis is ranked by the 247Composite as the 560th-best prospect in the nation, and he is certainly a solid addition for Fedora and UNC. Walt Bell was the man in charge of bringing Artis to UNC, and it certainly was no easy task that he succeeded in given the myriad of major offers. In fact, most people thought Vanderbilt- not UNC- would land Artis, but the SEC squad lost out to the Tar Heels in the end.
Artis took visits to Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Vandy in the spring (among others), and the Wake Forest legacy’s commitment gives UNC its 12th (then, 11th) commitment in the 2014 class. The Tar Heels now have one of the top 25 recruiting classes in the country, and Artis is an incredibly talented safety who showed it with 140 tackles and three picks last season for Wheeler. He gives UNC a fast, intelligent safety who can make plays and is one of the best tacklers around. Artis and Albright are two safeties to watch for closely, and both could end up being the starting duo at Chapel Hill.