BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris has found a home.
The quarterback, who announced his transfer from LSU back in February, wrote a Facebook post Sunday afternoon announcing that he’ll be playing at North Carolina in 2017. Since Harris is eligible to graduate from LSU this semester, he will be able to play as soon as he arrives on campus at UNC as a graduate transfer.
A member of LSU’s famed 2014 recruiting class alongside Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams and Malachi Dupre, Harris was LSU’s starting quarterback in 2015 and to start 2016.
Harris started LSU’s season-opening loss versus Wisconsin in 2016, completing 57 percent of his passes and throwing 2 interceptions. He also played the first quarter of LSU’s win over Jacksonville State, but was replaced quickly by Danny Etling, who started the rest of the season for the Tigers. After the Jacksonville State game, Harris never threw another pass for LSU.
In 2015, Harris completed 53.8 percent of his passes, throwing 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. All six of those interceptions came in LSU’s last five games of the season, a stretch over which the Tigers went 2-3. In games that Harris didn’t throw an interception that year, LSU went 7-0.
Harris will be stepping in at quarterback in Chapel Hill, N.C., for departed starter Mitchell Trubisky, who is expected to be drafted in the first round of this spring’s NFL draft. Trubisky completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,748 yards, 30 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season in the offense Harris will be entering.
Without Harris, LSU has five scholarship quarterbacks: Etling, redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan, redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott and incoming true freshmen Lowell Narcisse and Myles Brennan. Narcisse is already enrolled at LSU. Etling is expected to retain the role as starter, but McMillan and Scott have been challenging him for reps all throughout spring practice.
LSU’s spring game will be held on April 22.