Texas coach Tom Herman wanted to land graduate transfer Brandon Harris from LSU.

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Targeted by Texas, LSU QB Brandon Harris transferring to North Carolina

With LSU target joining Tar Heels, Longhorns' QB battle may rest solely on Buechele, Ehlinger's shoulders

Posted March 26th, 2017

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Texas coach Tom Herman made a hard recruiting charge after LSU quarterback Brandon Harris. But the graduate transfer announced on Sunday he’s headed to North Carolina.

Harris, who will be eligible for the upcoming season, announced his decision Sunday on Facebook.

“Obviously, it has been an important time for me, looking for a great situation and another opportunity to grow as a young man and as a student as well as a football player,” Harris wrote. “The opportunity to accomplish that is very important to me. After my offical (sic) visit this weekend to the University of North Carolina, I’m going to get that opportunity.

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“With that being said, I’m fully committed to UNC this upcoming year and I look forward to the opportunity to play for coach Fedora and UNC,” he added. “Thank you, to all of those who have kept me in your prayers and continue to do so. I have to say that I haven’t been this excited in a while and can’t do anything but thank God and my wonderful family for their continued support. #godbless #tarhealnation.”

Texas’ quarterback situation isn’t dire by any stretch. It’s immense compared to what former coach Charlie Strong inherited in 2014. Shane Buechele started all 12 games last season and set numerous freshman records. Mid-term enrollee Sam Ehlinger of Westlake was considered a prized recruit; Herman has doted on him ad nauseam.

But Herman wanted more depth in the quarterback room, especially after third-stringer Matthew Merrick decided to leave the program earlier this month.

Herman openly admitted that UT was recruiting Harris in hopes of getting another experienced player in the mix.

“If that grad transfer is better than those two and can beat them out, we’ll worry about their growth next spring,” Herman said of Buechele and Ehlinger.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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