UNC’s Maye: Transfer talk, NIL offers all ‘rumors’
1:20 PM ET Pete ThamelESPN 6 months ago, North Carolina redshirt freshman quarterback Drake Maye wasn’t
sure if he ‘d win the starting task at the school. Since then, he has emerged as a predicted leading NFL draft choice for 2024 and the unwitting face of the free market that has emerged in college football.In an interview with ESPN on Thursday, Maye reflected on the previous few weeks, which included a social media post stating
he was remaining at UNC as a method to fight rumors of him getting in the transfer website. Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi stoked the flames by stating this week that two schools used Maye$5 million to transfer. “Those rumors weren’t really reality,” he informed ESPN. He included:”Pitt’s coach ended up putting that out there. I do not understand what that was
about. You have to go into the transfer website to talk with these schools and hear these deals. For me, I believe college football is going to become a mess. They’re going to have to do something. There was absolutely nothing to me or my household directly provided from any of these other schools. Nothing was stated or used to the Mayes.”2 Associated Maye tossed for 4,115 backyards and 35 touchdowns this year, leading UNC (9-4)to an ACC title game look and Holiday Bowl bid.In the wake of that breakout season, both UNC coach Mack Brown(“
a great deal of cash “)and Narduzzi suggested publicly that Maye had big-money offers from other schools. No one has actually called the schools, but Brown insinuated they were the school’s that generally appear in the recruiting rankings.Maye accepted an NIL handle UNC’s Heels4Life program and denies that he and his household got any deals straight from other schools.Maye added that he heard of outdoors interest only”through the grapevine.”He stated:”Some people were texting my high school coach about it. That’s mainly what took place, people reached out to some of my representatives and NIL media individuals.”Maye’s family has actually roots burrowed deep into
the UNC school. Both his parents graduated from there and his bro, Luke, hit among the most popular shots in UNC basketball history in 2017. Drake Maye spaces with another bro, Beau, who is a UNC basketball walk-on. North Carolina QB Drake Maye has thrown for 4,115 backyards and 35 goals this year for the 9-4 Tar Heels. Jacob Kupferman/AP Maye grew up adoring UNC and stated that no other school could offer him”that exact same heartbeat feeling”that UNC does.” It would not sit right, especially with all my family …” he stated. “Changing it up after whatever the Mayes went through wouldn’t represent what the university implies to me or just how much it implies for me to go there. It had actually mess up the mojo and all we have actually constructed there. That Carolina blue is unique. There’s no other color worldwide
that significant.” Maye’s daddy, Mark Maye, is a former UNC quarterback and worked for UNC football under Mack Brown during his first period at the school. Mark Maye said the family never ever discussed Drake leaving UNC, despite there being” a great deal of rumors”of his kid going into the NCAA transfer portal. “North Carolina was where he wished to be,”
Mark Maye informed ESPN.”He never pointed out anything, ever, about wanting to see what’s out there or anything like that.”Maye’s NIL handle UNC’s Heels4Life program consists of financial incentives and is also anticipated to have a charitable part. Maye stated he has done work in your area with the
Ronald McDonald House and Table NC, which provides healthy food to local kids. He has interest in doing charity work in his house area of Charlotte.Graham Boone, the Heels4Life
executive director, stated that Maye worried to him that deals be available for his colleagues. He stated the deal with the Maye was”not a settlement”however more of an “offer of our committed support to him.””We stepped up to the plate to be sure UNC was the best location for him, “Boone stated. “We wished to ensure he had no interest in going anywhere else.
Like Coach Brown stated, he turned down a great deal of money [somewhere else] That doesn’t indicate Heels4Life didn’t step up with an extremely, extremely reasonable amount. “Maye stated that his affinity for UNC won out.”Sadly, I believe cash is becoming a reason why kids go locations,”he stated. “Where I’m dipping into and with and for Coach Brown, just that Carolina blue outweighs the cash part of it. I do not believe any amount of cash from whatever school [would sway me] Nowadays, individuals are signing for NIL. It puts a lot of pressure on those kids. If I were to move out and go someplace, it would not be the very same.”Maye’s return for UNC will
imply among the most hyped seasons in years, as he has a possibility to become the program’s very first No. 1 general NFL draft pick. It’s anticipated that there will be a season-long debate in 2023 between Maye and USC’s Caleb Williams, the returning Heisman Trophy winner, for the NFL draft’s top area in 2024. For now, acknowledging there’s prospective roster fluidity, UNC jobs to return 17 of 22 starters. For Boone and Heels4Life
, they see keeping Maye and delivering deals to his colleagues as a method to take advantage of the momentum. He mentioned that UNC has actually” been on the precipice” of being a national program a variety of times in history.”Drake represents a renewed interest from our fan base,”he stated,”that we can take that last step.”Maye told ESPN that Brown made him an active part of UNC’s search for a new offending organizer after Phil Longo left Chapel Hill for Wisconsin. UNC lured UCF offending organizer Chip Lindsey, and Maye said he got on Zooms or telephone call with numerous finalists for the job.He stated that Lindsey is likely to bring elements of UCF’s run game, which need to help bolster UNC’s red zone effectiveness.( UNC ranks No. 58 in the FBS in red zone goals.)
He’s excited that Lindsey has worked to develop NFL quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens at previous stops at Auburn and Southern Miss.”It’s been a blast being familiar with him,”Maye said.”He appears remarkable.”Maye put out an Instagram post in early December to reveal he was returning, a method he stated to counter “reports and speculation”about him leaving. When summing up the past month, he chuckled. “Really, not that much went down, “he said.” There was speculation and an Instagram post and a head coach stated [I] declined this quantity of money that I ‘d never ever heard of. That’s basically the gist.