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Would former Alabama QB sign Drake Maye to leave North Carolina? Mack Brown intervenes

North Carolina coach Mack Brown said Friday he doesn’t expect quarterback Drake Maye to leave the Tar Heels this offseason via the transfer portal.

“I don’t think Drake will go anywhere because he’s a Carolina family,” Brown said at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s ACC championship game between Clemson and North Carolina.

However, Brown said he has yet to have discussions with his players about their future plans.

“This game is really important for us, so our coaches hesitated to say, ‘Hey Ross, you going man? I know you have to play Saturday night, but are you out of here? Are you going to play or are you staying?” Braun said. “So tomorrow night we’re going to have a bunch of people who are probably leaving on Monday, and that discussion is going to be either Sunday or Monday morning.”

Maye ranks fourth among FBS players in both passing yards per game (320.6) and touchdown passing (35). The redshirt freshman will not be eligible to enter the NFL draft until after the 2023 season.

Alabama received a verbal acceptance from Maye, a member of the Class of 2021, prior to its junior season at high school in July 2019. But five-star recruit Bryce Young, a member of the Class of 2020, switched his acceptance from USC to Alabama two months later . In March 2020, Maye switched his own engagement from Alabama to North Carolina.

Maye hails from Charlotte, whose older brother Luke played basketball for the Tar Heels. Drake Maye finished high school as a four-star prospect and the ninth-rated quarterback in his class according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.

Maye’s status could be of interest to Alabama, as the Tide Young will almost certainly lose to the NFL draft this offseason. Redshirt freshman Jalen Milroe and freshman Ty Simpson are the other quarterbacks in Alabama’s roster.

Although Nick Saban has made no public indication that he would consider a quarterback from outside the program, Alabama added five players from the transfer portal in the most recent offseason and two players in the previous offseason.

The NCAA’s new transfer portal window opens Monday for players looking to transfer as students. Several quarterbacks have already entered the portal or announced their intention this week, including Texas A&M’s Haynes King, Notre Dame’s Drew Pyne, Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong and Boston College’s Phil Jurkovec. In addition, Cade McNamara from Michigan entered the portal and already chose Iowa as a destination.

Mike Rodak is an Alabama beat reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @micerodak.

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