The North Carolina football program lost a valuable commit at quarterback on Saturday when four-star QB Tyler Shough flipped his commitment to the Tar Heels to the Oregon Ducks. Shough committed to Larry Fedora and co. back in June.
There are a couple ways you can look at this decision, based on how panicked you are about the future of Carolina’s football program. The optimistic side says that Shough is a west coast guy who changed his mind about moving to the opposite coast for college. If you’re a bit more glass half-empty, it could indicate players’ lack of confidence in the program bouncing back after a disappointing season.
Carolina does still have Jace Ruder as a commit at quarterback, so all is not lost. Shough’s decision probably doesn’t stem from concern about playing time with Chazz Surratt not exactly putting a strangle hold on the job for next season with his play so far in 2017.
It’s disappointing but not devastating to lose Shough. The bigger concern is whether or not his decision indicates a negative feeling among commits about the prospects of the program moving forward. One guy is not really enough to signal panic, but it is at least worth keeping an eye on.