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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Add Another Defensive Back in the Transfer Portal

Lee Luther Jr.- USA Today Sports

Wednesday was the opening of the early signing window for the 2023 class. The Tar Heels signed all 20 of their commits, piecing together yet another solid class under head coach Mack Brown. Those additions weren’t it though, as the team added their fifth transfer commitment from the portal.

Earlier this evening, former Virginia Tech cornerback Armani Chatman announced via social media that he was committing to the Tar Heels over BYU, the other school that he took an official to after entering the portal. He will have one year of eligibility remaining after spending the last five seasons in Blacksburg.

Chatman was a four year contributor for the Hokies at the cornerback position and brings plenty of experience to the Tar Heel cornerback room. In his four years with the Hokies, Chatman registered 89 total tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, two interceptions and 20 pass deflections in 49 games. After some struggles out of the gate in his first two full seasons on campus, he was a solid corner who did have some ups and downs. This past season, he finished with 22 total tackles, 1.0 tackle for loss, one interception and five pass deflections.

Chatman’s commitment certainly isn’t the most impactful one that the team has landed in the last few days, but it continues to add depth to a cornerback room that desperately needed it after the loss of four scholarship players to the portal. He should compete with Marcus Allen, Lejond Cavazos and East Tennessee State transfer Alijah Huzzie for the majority of reps at the outside corner positions.

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