UNC Football adds JuCo corner Tyrane Stewart to its 2024 class.

The UNC football program continues to add to its 2024 roster as former junior college player Tyrane Stewart committed to North Carolina on Tuesday.

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Tyrane Stewart started his career at East Mississippi Community College as a freshman in 2023. After entering the transfer portal, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound corner chose the UNC football program over their rival NC State after visiting both schools last week.

Stewart received an offer from North Carolina earlier this month but couldn't schedule a visit due to his team being in the playoffs, according to Inside Carolina. North Carolina and NC State were not the only schools interested in Stewart, as he received offers from Arkansas and Illinois.

Stewart finished fourth on his team in tackles with 64 in 2023. He also had two interceptions and 12 pass breakups to help lead the Lions to the NJCAA Division I Football Championship Game. With the addition of Stewart, the North Carolina football program has the No. 23- ranked class in 2024, according to 247Sports. The site also ranked him as the No. 58 JuCo prospect and No. 6 cornerback prospect in the country.

The UNC football program hopes that Tyrane Stewart will bring a much-needed boost to a defense that struggled in 2023. The Tar Heels gave up 27.1 points per game in 2023, which ranked 9th out of 15 ACC teams. They were also last in pass yards allowed per game in the conference with 242.3 yards per game and 2,908 yards total.

Stewart has some experience playing with good defenses, as his East Mississippi team only allowed 189.2 passing yards per game and 23.2 points per game. His contributions to the stout defense for the Lions helped them reach the championship game against Iowa Western Community College, although losing 61-14.

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