Pair of former UNC football corners announce future intentions

Two notable former UNC football defensive backs have announced their plans for 2024, as one will stay in college while one is heading for the NFL.

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As college football athletes work to figure out their future plans, two former UNC football defensive backs announced their decisions essentially within a short period of time of each other on New Year's Day.

The first was Tony Grimes, who spent the 2023 season at Texas A&M. After not having the opportunity to produce as he hoped he would, Grimes has elected to re-enter the transfer portal. The former Tar Heel posted this message on social media to announce his decision.

Grimes wasn't the only notable defensive back the Tar Heels lost via the transfer portal, as Storm Duck also left the program. Duck transferred to Louisville, where he made 20 total tackles during the 2023 season.

Unlike his former teammate, Duck is ready to take on the next level, as he will declare for the upcoming NFL Draft. On his Instagram account, Duck took the opportunity to thank the UNC football program for believing in him, citing that he'll "Forever be a Tar Heel."

Both players had their moments during their respective UNC football careers, as they are unfortunately associated with the Tar Heels defenses that have had plenty of issues over the last few seasons. These two transfer portal cases show that the transfer portal isn't always the answer, as it ends up being all about the right fit for a player who elects to go elsewhere.

For Duck, the hope is that he will succeed in the National Football League. In Grimes' case, the hope is that he can return to that 5-star potential with which he came into college.

It may be a long shot, but could the UNC football program explore a potential reunion with Grimes?

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