Less than 24 hours after it was learned Kyler McMichael had entered the transfer portal, the former Clemson CB has already announced where he will continue his playing career. The rising sophomore and former four star recruit, will now take his talents to Chapel Hill to play for another national championship head coach, Mack Brown.
Reports came out late yesterday that McMichael had not been attending any of the Tigers voluntary summer workout sessions recently. Coming out of high school as the nation’s 56th best player overall in the 247 Composite Rankings, he had recently been passed on the depth chart by Derion Kendrick, a guy who has spent all of one spring at the corner position.
That’s not a knock on McMichael’s talent or ability, but more of a testament to how good Kendrick actually was after making the switch from receiver. With five star Andrew Booth set to join the team in camp and five star Fred Davis set to join in 2020, McMichael probably saw the writing on the wall.
His departure is a clear indication of just how much talent the Tigers are bringing on board these days. Not many schools see a player of Mcmichael’s caliber leave after just one season, and at the same time can replace him with a five star recruit.
He is the third player to transfer to UNC this offseason, and all three have been cornerbacks. He is likely looking at sitting out the 2019 season, but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2020.
One other thing worth noting is how quickly this was decided. It would be interesting to know exactly when he was entered into the transfer portal.