Two ACC rivals will compete for the services of one of the best uncommitted seniors in the class of 2023. Kevin Concepcion, a wide receiver from Julius L. Chambers High School in Charlotte, has settled on N.C. State and UNC as his last two schools. When the Cougars play Cardinal Gibbons of Raleigh in a repeat of the 4A championship game from 2021 on Saturday in Rock Hill, South Carolina, he will make his statement. On Instagram, Concepcion wrote that he will either make a statement before the game or during halftime. The match will be broadcast on Charlotte’s WCCB (Channel 18) and streamed on Bahakelsports.com. The No. 13 player in the Charlotte Observer/News & Observer Top 25 is Concepcion (5-11, 173). Concepcion is the only player in the top two rankings without a college commitment. Concepcion is the final offensive player in the top 15 who is not committed. Concepcion caught 36 catches last year as a junior for 458 yards and eight touchdowns. In addition, he scored on three punt returns.

UNC AND N.C. STATE PERIOD

Concepcion was a three-star prospect who had 20 Division I offers. He has, however, been hopping between Chapel Hill and Raleigh for the majority of the summer. On June 16 and 24, he paid official visits to N.C. State and UNC, respectively. On August 5, Concepcion revealed to the News & Observer what would ultimately determine his choice at the “Alpha Wolf” event held at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Concepcion responded, “Relationships, for sure.” He has had plenty of time to construct those. Concepcion visited camps at N.C. State and UNC this summer in addition to his official visits. He has also gone to both colleges on numerous unofficial visits. They have been enticing Concepcion to join them because there are already so many in-state athletes committed to the Wolfkack and Tar Heels. Concepcion said when asked how many times his classmates had attempted to influence him, “A lot, a lot.” But I do enjoy it, for sure. DOES THE CONNECTION TO CHARLOTTE MATTER? Three wide receivers from the Charlotte region have pledged to the Heels in each of the previous three recruiting classes, which may persuade Concepcion to follow them to Chapel Hill.

Only one wide receiver from the Charlotte region has committed to N.C. State during that time. Drake Maye, a quarterback from Myers Park, was signed by UNC as part of the class of 2021, and it appeared that several top-tier Charlotte receivers followed him to Chapel Hill. However, Concepcion and Heritage High School quarterback Lex Thomas, who pledged to the Wolfpack, have a tight relationship. Concepcion would join Christian Hamilton (Hickory Ridge) and Chris Culliver as the Heels’ fourth wide receiver in their class of 2023 if he decides to enrol there (Maiden). He admitted to the News & Observer that he has been considering UNC for some time.

Concepcion added, “I fell in love with it ever since my freshman year and I got the offer. For the Wolfpack, Concepcion would be a significant gain. N.C. State appeared to be vying for three of the greatest wide receivers in the state at one point. The best player in North Carolina, Noah Rogers of Rolesville, committed to Ohio State. Nathan Leacock of Millbrook made a commitment to Tennessee. In the class of 2023, Dave Doeren does not presently have a single pure wide receiver. Tamarcus Cooley (Rolesville) was projected to play defensive back and was categorised as an athlete when he committed. The recruiting profile for N.C. State on 247Sports now lists Cooley as a wide receiver. Javonte Vereen of Havelock, who is 6-4 and 209 pounds, has the frame of a wide receiver but plays tight end in high school.