UNC adds second football transfer from Ohio State for 2022 season


North Carolina coach Mack Brown applauds his players during their spring football game Saturday, April 9, 2022 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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North Carolina football welcomed its second transfer to Ohio State in as many days with the signing of defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan on Tuesday.

The Charlotte native, who played at Providence Day School, joined defensive back Lejond Cavazos, who announced Monday he was moving to Carolina after two seasons with the Buckeyes.

“I have a long-standing relationship with the staff and the players that has never wavered,” Cowan said in a statement. “And who doesn’t like Coach Mack Brown? This new trip will be special and I can’t wait to get to work. Not only is it a great day to be a Tar Heel, but it’s great to be home!

Cowan, who is 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, played five games last season with the Buckeyes and recorded three tackles. He received a redshirt after a season-ending injury in 2020 and will have three years of eligibility left.

Cowan is the third transfer the Tar Heels have made since the end of the season. He will join Cavazos and linebacker Noah Taylor who was traded from Virginia.

Carolina is probably not done looking for players on the transfer portal. His depth at receiver is a concern and the Tar Heels are looking for a potential good fit.

Cowan will add to a defensive front that will arguably be the strength of the defense.

“It really is a full circle moment,” Cowan said. “Not only was I born and raised by a Tar Heel family, but I also made my very first recruiting visit to UNC as an eighth grader. Since then, the football program has grown a lot, is in good hands and is definitely heading in the right direction.

CL Brown covers the University of North Carolina for The News & Observer. Brown brings more than two decades of reporting experience, including stints as a beat writer at Indiana University and the University of Louisville. After a long stint at the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he won an APSE award, he stopped by ESPN.com, The Athletic and even tried his hand at running his own website, clbrownhoops.com.

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