Just days away from National Signing Day, the Tar Heels have announced that Auburn grad student Stanton Truitt will transfer to the University of North Carolina. The move helps Larry Fedora fill several positions, given Truitt’s versatility as a running back and slot receiver.
Truitt had played sparingly in 2014 and 2015, but saw play in 10 games this past season. In 2016, he collected 187 rushing yards at a 6.0 yards per average attempt as a running back. He also had 100 yards on seven receptions as a receiver, averaging 14.3 yards per reception.
The Monroe, Georgia native is five-foot-nine and 185 pounds with exceptional speed. As a transfer student, he has two years of eligibility remaining and will play in 2017. Truitt had much to say about his decision:
“I love North Carolina,” Truitt said. “I loved it. Just the school. The Business Department especially to get my Master’s Degree. I got to hang out with the players and coaches. Everything is straight. My family trusted them and one another there.”
“It’s a no brainer,” Truitt said. “The opportunity is there. I saw the film and saw everything I can do.”
After visiting campus two weeks ago, he chose UNC over FAU, Nevada, SMU, Miami, Kansas City, and Virginia Tech. He was recruiting by running backs coach Larry Porter.
This could end up being an important signing, considering the Tar Heels have lost a significant part of their offense. As a running back, he will be able to fill in for the loss of Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan, and as a slot receiver, he can help make up for the loss of Ryan Switzer.