North Carolina has landed Southern Cal graduate transfer Khaliel Rodgers, he informed Inside Carolina on Thursday evening.
"North Carolina is a great school," Rodgers said. "... It's just a great coaching staff and they gave me an opportunity. I really thought to myself that it was a great opportunity for me, because it's only like a 50-minute flight from home, it's a great area, a great program, and everything just seems to be right there."
Rodgers, a 6-foot-2, 320-pound lineman, started six games at center and four at guard during his Trojan career, while also seeing time on the defensive line in 2016. He had previously decided to transfer to Iowa State in January.
In addition to Iowa State and UNC, Rodgers received graduate transfer offers from Baylor, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.
UNC offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic led the recruitment of Rodgers.
Coming out of Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian Academy, Rodgers was a four-star prospect ranked in the national Scout 300.
Rodgers shores up a UNC offensive line that lost multiple starters to graduation. He's the third grad transfer the Tar Heels have acquired for the 2017 season, joining Florida offensive lineman Cam Dillard and Auburn running back Stanton Truitt. UNC is also set to host LSU QB grad transfer Brandon Harris for an official visit this coming weekend.