The Tar Heels have lost four players to the transfer portal in the last two days, but the team now has their first legitimate target in this cycle.
Texas A&M quarterback transfer Max Johnson has been projected to land with the Tar Heels by both 247Sports and On3 Sports as of earlier this morning. Johnson, who entered the portal on Sunday evening, will have two years remaining wherever he lands.
Johnson spent the last two years at Texas A&M, playing in twelve games and starting eight. In his time with the Aggies, he threw for 1969 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions, going 4-4 in the games that he started. Prior to that, Johnson played in 18 games and started 14 of them at LSU in the first two years of his career. He posted an 8-6 record as the starter there, throwing for 3884 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions in those two years.
This move would all but confirm that Drake Maye is heading to the NFL and would begin a quarterback battle between Johnson and Conner Harrell. This would be a rather significant step back on the surface, but it could mean that the staff is feeling good about the possibilities of Harrell being the future of the program.