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Heel Tough Blog: Tar Heels Add Second Transfer OL


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National Signing Day 2022 for the normal signing period has been a quiet one for the team in terms of the high school prospects. 2022 3✮ DT Ahmad Moten, the team’s last remaining uncommitted target in the cycle, made the expected move to Miami, closing out the team’s high school class with 17 commits.


However, it wasn’t all quiet on the recruiting front for the Tar Heels, as they landed their second transfer offensive lineman of the offseason. Harvard transfer Spencer Rolland committed to the Tar Heels via his social media page that he was transferring to Carolina for the final two years of his college career. This came after Rolland took an official visit to Chapel Hill back on January 14th following his decommitment from Penn State back in December.


Rolland is an experienced veteran of college football, having started all 20 games for the Crimson between the 2019 and 2021 seasons and was slated to be a starter for the team in 2020 prior to the cancellation of the season due to COVID. The past season, Rolland earned first team All-Ivy League honors from both the media and Phil Steele, was a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy and a finalist for the Doris Robinson Award. He also earned Academic All-Ivy League honors in 2021 and was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, as well.


His commitment gives the Tar Heels a second veteran offensive lineman and is a guy that could be the answer for the team at right tackle. He started every game that he played in at Harvard at that spot and Mack Brown was very completely of his footwork in the press conference on Wednesday shortly after his commitment. With Gaynor looking like he’ll assume one of the interior offensive line spots and guys like Asim Richards, Brian Anderson and Quiron Johnson returning, this offensive line group is will have some veterans that will be a part of the unit and will create some nice competition this offseason, especially if some of the younger guys or early enrollee Zach Rice can emerge along with them. This certainly doesn’t solve all the question marks, but it should make you feel like they are easier to solve.

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