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UNC Football: Anthony Ratliff-Williams is leaving Carolina to enter the NFL Draft

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Well, that was unexpected.

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This afternoon, junior wide receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams announced that the 2018 season was the last time we will see him suit up for the University of North Carolina:

This announcement comes off the heels of UNC’s decision to part ways with former head coach Larry Fedora and bring in former UNC/Texas coach Mack Brown. The Tar Heels finished Larry Fedora’s final season with a 2-9 record, and finished with just one win in ACC play.

Given the situation with the coaching turnover, it was undoubtedly known that there would be some recruits that would decide to re-open their recruitment, as several have. While recruitment turnover was expected, this decision from Ratliff-Williams wasn’t something that I think anybody could’ve planned for. He had just one more year of eligibility left, and with so many unknowns left in terms of what exactly it is that Mack Brown wants to do with this program in terms of coordinators / personnel (i.e. who will he want to be the starting quarterback come September), it’s quite a surprise that ARW’s announcement is this early in the game. At this current time, it’s unclear as to how he will fare in the NFL Draft, especially considering that he didn’t have the best of opportunities this year to show what he can really do.

Nevertheless, we would like to wish Anthony Ratliff-Williams the best of luck at the next level, and will be sure to update you as his process to get there continues!