Brandon Harris chooses North Carolina
Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris chose to transfer to North Carolina. What’s the Tar Heel coaching situation?
Brandon Harris chose North Carolina. Now what for the Tar Heels?
When we last saw Brandon Harris, he was throwing the interception against Wisconsin that all but ended the LSU season before it could get started.
All Harris had to do was not throw a pick, the Tigers could’ve kicked a field goal, and they would’ve gotten out of Lambeau Field alive with a 17-16 win. Instead, LSU loses, Harris went 1-of-4 against Jacksonville State the next week, and the quarterback gig went to Danny Etling the rest of the way.
And now Harris is going to be in the mix to replace Mitch Trubisky for a dangerous North Carolina team in need of a new star quarterback. But it’s not a given that he’ll take over the gig with a few other excellent prospects in the mix.
6-1, 195-pound Nathan Elliott was Trubisky’s backup last season, and while he’s the most experienced n0n-Harris option, the left-hander isn’t a big bomber. He’s a dual-threat playmaker with tremendous speed, but he might be more of a top backup option than a future ACC championship quarterback.
Chazz Surratt is the most talented option. The 6-4, 205-pound redshirt freshman out of Denver is a bomber who can run, too, while 6-3, 230-pound Logan Byrd is a next-level-looking pro-passer who can run a little bit.
Harris is going to have to fight for the job.
He had all the pieces around him, though, at LSU, and he only ended up hitting 54% of his throws for 2,756 yards and 20 touchdowns with ten picks, to go along with 370 rushing yards and seven scores.
At the very least, Harris is a terrific option to have in the quarterback mix. He would’ve been perfect at Texas or Virginia Tech, and there were other options he could’ve looked at.
But with his experience, 6-3, 218-pound size, and good mobility, there’s a chance the UNC coaching staff that knows how to turn quarterbacks into stars can mold his talents into the next fantastic Tar Heel quarterback.