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National Signing Day 2017: 3-star RB Antwuan Branch signs with North Carolina

The Tar Heels grab a three-star RB commit from Tennessee with an opportunity to make an impact after key departures.

Georgia Tech v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Running back Antwaun Branch, the nation’s 38th best RB in the class of 2017 according to 247sports, has signed with the Tar Heels. Branch rushed for 1861 yards as a senior at Kenwood High School in Clarksville, Tennesee. He scored 22 touchdowns and averaged 8.8 yards per carry on his way to eight 100+ yard games.

Branch was named MVP of the Tennessee East vs. West All-Star Classic, rushing for 89 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Branch received offers from a number of schools, including Tennessee, Ole Miss, Purdue, and Wisconsin, among others.

The Tar Heels will be looking to replace their two running backs in Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan. That opens the door for those on the roster already and newcomers like Branch to make an immediate impact. Who emerges from the pack remains to be seen, of course, but the opportunity is definitely there.

You can watch some of Branch’s highlights in the video below.