North Carolina has potentially landed its 2017 starting quarterback. Before ending his UNC official visit on Sunday, LSU graduate transfer Brandon Harris committed to continuing his college career in Chapel Hill.
Harris, a 6-foot-3, 218-pound Bossier City (La.) native, selected the Heels over similar opportunities from Arizona, Baylor, Texas, and a few undisclosed SEC schools.
"Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player. The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. After my official visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I'm going to get that opportunity," Harris said.
"With that being said, I'm fully committed to UNC this upcoming year and I look forward to the opportunity to play for coach Fedora and UNC."
Harris graduates from LSU on Aug. 1 but will be finished with classes at the end of June. He'll be able to enroll at UNC this summer.
Being a graduate transfer, Harris will be eligible to play this coming season. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
After losing Mitch Trubisky a year early to the NFL Draft, UNC’s quarterback depth chart has nary a start. It’s composed of a pair of red-shirt freshmen (Logan Byrd and Chazz Surratt) and last year’s backup, Nathan Elliott. Elliott has appeared in four games and attempted nine passes.
Harris was 10-5 as a starter for LSU. In 25 career games for the Tigers, he completed 54-percent of his passes for 2,756 yards with a 20-9 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He also rushed for 370 yards and seven touchdowns on 97 carries in his career.
As a true freshman in 2014, Harris battled for LSU’s starting quarterback job. He ended up appearing in nine games with one start that season. Two games into this past season, Harris lost his starting job.
This wasn't the first time UNC recruited Harris. As a four-star quarterback hailing from the 2014 class, the Tar Heels offered Harris, as did Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Ohio State, and Ole Miss. However, Harris never visited Chapel Hill and Caleb Henderson -- who transferred last August to Maryland -- filled UNC’s quarterback void in the class. Harris was a member of the Scout 300 and was ranked the nation’s sixth best quarterback.
Harris is the fourth graduate transfer UNC has added this offseason. He joins a group that includes OL Cameron Dillard, OL Khaliel Rodgers, and RB Stanton Truitt.