UNC Football earns commitment from transfer defensive tackle

After spending a season at Ole Miss, this former member of the NC State Wolfpack is heading back to his home state.
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Earlier this week, former UNC basketball player Dontrez Styles committed to NC State after spending a season at Georgetown.

On Sunday, the roles were reversed, as a former NC State football player is making his way to Chapel Hill.

Defensive tackle Joshua Harris announced that he will be committing to the UNC football program. His transition back to his home state comes after spending a season competing at Ole Miss.

Harris, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound Roxboro, North Carolina native, wasn't available for long, as he entered the transfer portal on Tuesday. He spent the weekend in Chapel Hill and was in attendance for the program's spring game on Saturday, as his visit was enough to convince him to return to his home state.

The Tar Heels were heavily involved in his high school recruitment, as they were ultimately beat out by NC State. Harris spent four seasons with the Wolfpack, recording 28 tackles in 29 games played. In 2023, Harris appeared in 13 games at Ole Miss, as his role was rather limited (which likely led to him entering the transfer portal to begin with).

Now with one season of college eligibility remaining, Harris will look to help provide depth to the UNC football program's defensive line. He will become the third former ACC player to commit to the UNC football program this offseason, joining Jakeen Harris (NC State) and Jakiah Leftwich (Georgia Tech).

Mack Brown made it known that the Tar Heels were looking for defensive lineman in the transfer portal, as they wasted no time in bringing one in. Now, we'll have to see if the program looks to add more depth at this position, as they still have pending needs at quarterback and running back based on what Brown had to say earlier this week prior to the team's spring game.