Sunday is the deadline for college football players to enter the transfer portal and still be eligible for the 2022 season and on Tuesday, the Tar Heels lost their first player to the portal since the conclusion of spring camp.
Earlier this afternoon, redshirt freshman running back Kamarro Edmonds announced via his social media accounts that he was entering the portal after one season in Chapel Hill. Last year as a true freshman, Edmonds did not play a single snap for the Tar Heels after enrolling in June, leading to the redshirt. Heading into spring camp, though, he had lost 25 lbs. and was a guy that Mack Brown pointed to as having a chance to climb the depth chart and earn some reps in a backfield that was wide open behind British Brooks. Edmonds was the one who took advantage of the opportunity, though, as he failed to play until the final two drives of the spring game and was buried at the bottom of the loaded depth chart. He will now exit with four years of eligibility remaining.
As we mentioned above, the Tar Heel backfield might just be the deepest unit on this 2022 team and will get even deeper this summer with the arrival of true freshman Omarion Hampton. He will join the fray that will continue behind British Brooks for reps, a group that is led by junior D.J. Jones and sophomore Elijah Green, both of whom had strong springs according to offensive coordinator Phil Longo. Sophomore Caleb Hood, who missed a portion of the spring due to injury, and true freshman early enrollee George Pettaway will also remain a part of that battle in that extremely deep backfield.