Four-star quarterback Tyler Shough committed to UNC on Thursday, choosing the Tar Heels over top-tier programs such as Alabama, FSU and Michigan.
Four-star quarterback Tyler Shough, an Arizona native, announced on Thursday via Twitter that he has committed to the University of North Carolina. The No. 1 ranked quarterback in the state of Arizona for 2018, according to Scout.com, had received 23 offers from schools across the country.
Schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, and many others had lined up in an attempt to win over Shough. One school in particular though, Michigan, was considered a front runner along with North Carolina to receive Shough’s commitment. Given Jim Harbaugh’s history at the quarterback position and what he can offer up to young QBs such as Shough, many believed Ann Arbor would be the ultimate landing spot.
Shough’s announcement no doubt caught some of the Michigan faithful off guard.
“The program I have chosen is the right fit for me and is heading in a positive direction with pristine academics and an excellent coaching staff,” Shough wrote in his Twitter announcement. “I want to be a part of something great moving forward and truly develop myself, my teammates, and the community in Chapel Hill.”
The 6-foot-5, 195-pound gun slinger is sure to be a presence in the Tar Heels’ backfield given his physical stature. He is the sixth recruit to commit to North Carolina’s 2018 recruiting class and is the fourth 4-star commit to choose the Tar Heels. According to 247Sports, North Carolina currently has the nation’s 36th ranked recruiting class for 2018.
With transfer Brandon Harris serving as, more or less, a stopgap in 2017, that leaves Shough, Nathan Elliott, Logan Byrd, Manny Miles and Chazz Surratt as quarterback options for the Heels in 2018 barring anymore commitments, which are very possible. Shough’s commitment is no doubt a boon for Larry Fedora as, earlier this offseason, UNC was seemingly scrambling for an experienced signal-caller and more depth to replace Mitch Trubisky. Should the Heels hold onto Shough’s he’ll prove a nice building block alongside the aforementioned signal callers to replenish depth and bring more competition to the position.