The transfer portal is beginning to heat up once again and on Monday, two Tar Heels add their names into the mix.
It started with senior tight end Carl Tucker Jr., who received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA, one that will be played elsewhere. Tucker, a former 3✮ athlete in the 2015 recruiting class, will transfer after five years in Chapel Hill. In his four active seasons with the team, Tucker caught 36 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns, headlined by a junior season where he finished with 16 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns. Tucker posted the lowest numbers of his career, catching just five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown, as he was surpassed by Garrett Walston on the depth chart, who started from midseason on.
Later in the evening, junior cornerback Greg Ross Jr. announced he would pursue a graduate transfer for his final year of eligibility. Ross, a former 3✮ cornerback in the 2016 class, will finish his Tar Heel career with 57 total tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and nine pass deflections while starting ten games for the Tar Heels. This season, Ross racked up 26 total tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and five pass deflections in twelve eight games played.
The Tar Heels are still in good shape at both positions, though, despite the departures. The Tar Heels were expecting to lose Tucker to graduation along with Brandon Fritts and Jake Bargas, which is why they brought in two tight end in the class and might have a third if Jefferson Boaz doesn’t pan out at quarterback. Combine that with juniors Garrett Walston and Noah Turner and freshman Kamari Morales, and there is not much reason to be concerned about Tucker moving on. As for Ross, the Tar Heels are loaded at corner, headlined by two-year returning starter Trey Morrison and fifth-year senior Patrice Rene, who will return from a season-ending knee injury. Guys like Storm Duck and De’Andre Hollins showed upside this season and both Virginia Tech transfer Bryce Watts and Clemson transfer Kyler McMichael will be eligible next season. That doesn’t even include the depth corners on the roster or 2020 signee Jayden Chalmers in the mix.
Both Tucker and Ross will have one year of eligibility remaining and will be eligible immediately wherever they go.