Coming off a 3-9 season Charlotte Football Head Coach Biff Poggi mentioned needing “brain surgery” on the roster this offseason, as opposed to plugging holes last year. Prior to National Signing Day (NSD) Poggi hired Tim Brewster to be Charlotte’s Associate Head Coach and Tight Ends coach. Brewster has a pedigree for being an elite recruiter and it’s paid immediate dividends for the program.
Max Brown, Florida transfer, Quarterback
Brown was Florida’s backup QB last season behind Graham Mertz and was thrust into action late in the season and showcased his potential versus Missouri and Florida State. Brown’s a dual-threat QB, which fits perfectly into how Poggi and Mike Miller (Offensive Coordinator & QB Coach) want to run the offense. Brown, who also played baseball one season at Florida, was called a “program changer” by Poggi and likened to a top-line Ferrari if you were auto shopping.
Reaction: Max Brown’s success, or lack thereof, will make or break this class when you look back in a year or two.
Portal Hog Mollies
Behind QB play last year, I feel that the OL play was inconsistent and never really allowed the offense to establish a consistent running game. With AHC and OL Coach Kyle DeVan departing for Oregon State, his alma mater, John Morookian slides over from Tight Ends and is revamping this unit.
Who’s in? Mitchell Mayes from Clemson (8 career starts), Jordan Moko (Texas A&M and previously #6 ranked JUCO prospect in 2021), and Mo Clipper (Tennessee, 3-star in 2022 with offers galore). I expect that more OL help will be on the way. Charlotte also gets Tyler Thomas eligible as well, the former Grambling State starting Center provides experienced depth at a minimum. Committed but not yet signed is Florida transfer Jordan Herman.
De’Gabriel Floyd, East LA JUCO, Athlete
He was listed as a DB on signing day, and I’ve heard that Floyd could line up all over the place, including in offensive sets. He’s a freak athlete and one of the top JUCO players in the country (#35 composite at 247). Floyd was a 4-star prospect out of HS and signed with Texas but he eventually medically retired due to spinal stenosis.
Rod Gainey Jr. has signed, an electric RB out of Tampa, FL who had offers from all over. Joining Gainey Jr. is Iowa State transfer Cartevious Norton. The 5’11 225 lbs. prospect gives Charlotte an experienced back, who had 170-plus carries for 650 yards and 5 touchdowns in his first 2 seasons with the Cyclones.
The offense struggled last year, and it’s easy to point fingers at almost every area. Mike Miller’s offense needs more weapons, period. Enter 6’5 target Isaiah Myers from Independence CC and Justin Olson, a Middle Tennessee transfer who originally started out his collegiate journey at UNC-Chapell Hill. Olson gets bonus points for this being a homecoming, he’s from Huntersville and played at North Meck. WR is an area where Freshman can make an immediate impact, and Charlotte has 2 inked so far. Miles Burris from Jacksonville, FL and Evan Austin from Frederick, MD. Austin is my pick to be a top freshman contributor, he played QB for his HS team, and lead them to the 3A State championship this year.
In total, Biffmas 2023 has yielded 30 signings so far, and you can check out who all has made it official here –> NSD24 Central.
Portal Combat is going to continue, as fuel has been added to the fire. Essentially, anyone entering the portal right now has been granted immediate eligibility this upcoming season as long as they are academically eligible to play. Multi-time transfers are eligible to play at a new school in 2024-25 without a waiver.
It’ll be interesting to see how this impact’s Charlotte’s current roster, most notably some of the defensive standouts that transferred into Charlotte and exceled in Ryan Osborn’s system: Dontae Balfour and Demetrius Knight are the first that come to mind, followed by Stone Handy and Demon Clowney.
Buckle up, Niner Nation, there is no end in sight given the blanket waiver.
Key dates as it relates to getting transfers in for the Spring semester at UNC Charlotte: January 10th is the first day of class and January 17th is the last day to add. We’ll know by mid-January what the portal fallout will be. That is, until the Spring transfer window opens and we see more chaos, though on a much smaller scale.
You will start seeing a major uptick in multi-time transfers entering the portal this next week.— Pete Nakos (@PeteNakos_) December 26, 2023
In guidance sent to schools by the NCAA last week, multi-time transfers can enter and be eligible to play at new school in 2024-25 without a waiver.https://t.co/opcAjn53ZM pic.twitter.com/gVaFItAJ8H