The Tar Heels were one of the first teams to land a commitment from the transfer portal a couple of weeks ago, but since then things have been pretty quiet in terms of incoming transfers. That quiet streak ended on Friday as the Tar Heels dipped back into the SEC waters to find some offensive line help.
Earlier this morning, Georgia transfer offensive lineman Austin Blaske announced via social media that he was transferring to Carolina for his final two seasons of eligibility. His commitment comes after an official visit to Chapel Hill yesterday that clearly sealed the deal for his commitment.
Blaske, the 6’5, 310 lbs. versatile offensive lineman, entered the transfer portal late last month after playing in 18 games for Georgia in the last three years. This past offseason, he competed for the starting left tackle job for the two-time defending champs but was beat out by Earnest Greene for that job. One of the biggest reasons Blaske has never played more than 82 snaps in a season has been injuries and the hope is that the shift in schools could allow him to stay healthy.
The Blaske pickup gives the Tar Heels a versatile offensive lineman who has the ability to help the team at two of their biggest voids. Blaske played all 47 of his snaps as a freshman at center in 2021 but has split his reps between left and right tackle since then. Expect Blaske to compete for the starting job at one of the two spots depending on what they do in the portal the rest of the way.