CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina has signed offensive lineman graduate transfer Khaleil Rodgers to a scholarship agreement. A native of New Castle, Delaware, Rodgers played three seasons at USC (2014-15) and has one season of eligibility remaining. He will join the Tar Heels this summer.
6-3, 315, Gr.
New Castle, Del. • Eastern Christian Academy/USC
CAREER: Made nine career starts (6 at center, 3 at offensive guard) at USC.
2016: The experienced Rodgers, who started the last half of 2015 at center, saw limited action as a backup in four games (Alabama, Arizona, Oregon, UCLA) as a junior in 2016. He was moved to defensive tackle in the fall of 2016 to bolster the corps, but soon after the season began he was back playing center on offense. He strained his hamstring against Alabama and was sidelined for the Utah State game. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while recovering from 2015 post-season shoulder surgery.
2015: Rodgers served as a backup center for the first half of his 2015 sophomore season before becoming the starter for 6 games (California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA and Wisconsin). Overall in 2015, he appeared in 11 games (all but Stanford, Washington and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game). He was called into action early in the Utah game when starter Toa Lobendahn went out with a season-ending knee injury and performed without a hitch. He sprained his right ankle against UCLA and was sidelined against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game. He had shoulder surgery after the Wisconsin game. He had shoulder surgery after the season.
2014: Rodgers served as a backup offensive guard for most of his 2014 redshirt freshman season, seeing brief action against Colorado and Washington State, then he started 3 late-season games (Washington State, California, UCLA) at left guard. He also worked some at center. He hurt his knee in 2014 fall camp and that sidelined him for the Fresno State game. 2013: Rodgers redshirted as a freshman offensive guard-center in 2013, his first year at USC.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2012 honors included Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Rivals 100 and Scout 100 as a senior center and offensive guard at Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton (Md.), which played an abbreviated 3-game schedule. As a junior in 2011, he played at Red Lion Christian Academy in Bear (Del.).
PERSONAL: Graduated with a degree in sociology from USC.