Report: USC defensive lineman to transfer to UNC

Carl Smalls, a defensive lineman at USC, will transfer to UNC according to an article in a Charleston newspaper.

According to a report in the Post and Courier, Carl Smalls, a 6-2, 255 pound defensive lineman, will transfer to North Carolina.  Smalls, who was enrolled at South Carolina, is the third transfer from a Southeastern Conference school during the off season to North Carolina, and the fourth transfer overall. 

Smalls, of St, Andrews High School in Charleston, was rated the 28th best player in South Carolina by scprepfootball..  Smalls was the Class AAAA State Discus champion in his junior year and senior of high school.

At the Nike Combine in 1999, Smalls bench pressed 185 pounds 30 times, winning that competition.  He was a first team selection to the 1999 All-Class All-State defensive squad in 1999.

Smalls made 75 tackles and 11 sacks as a high school senior.  He also has a reported bench press of 450 pounds.

Smalls was the Defensive MVP of the NC-SC Shrine Bowl. He committed to South Carolina over offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Tennessee.

Smalls would join transfers Bobby Blizzard, a 6-7, 249-pound tight end/wide receiver who played the last two seasons at Kentucky, Dan Orner, a 5-8, 160 pound kicker who transferred in from Michigan State, and Chris Stephens, a 6-2, 215-pound quarterback who played the last two years at the University of Florida, at North Carolina. 

NCAA rules require that transfers sit out a year of eligibility.  These four would join the Tar Heels on the active roster in 2002.  Blizzard could be eligible this season if the NCAA imposes severe sanctions on the University of Kentucky, but this scenario is viewed as unlikely.



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