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East Bay alumnus KJ Sails transferring to USF

The four-star prospect started 14 career games at North Carolina
North Carolina cornerback K.J. Sails (9) defends as North Carolina State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon (3) catches a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina cornerback K.J. Sails (9) defends as North Carolina State wide receiver Kelvin Harmon (3) catches a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Published May 5, 2019
Updated May 5, 2019

The Bulls hit a transfer portal jackpot of sorts Saturday evening when former East Bay High standout KJ Sails announced via Twitter he's transferring from North Carolina to USF.

Sails, limited to only four games as a junior last season due to injury, is completing the admissions process and must apply to the NCAA for a hardship waiver to play for the Bulls in 2019. If granted, he likely would have two years’ eligibility at USF.

A four-star recruit with the Indians and one of the top 30 cornerbacks in the Class of 2016, Sails (5-foot-11, 180 pounds) started 14 career games at UNC and led the Tar Heels with 30 pass breakups as a sophomore in ’17.

After Heels coach Larry Fedora’s dismissal at the end of last season, and the death of a pair of family members in February, Sails, father of an infant son, wanted a fresh start and indicated his plans to enter the transfer portal in late March.

His experience in the portal was chronicled in this recent Tampa Bay Times story.

As an East Bay senior, Sails finished with 27 tackles, two pass breakups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and five blocked kicks. Offensively, he led the Indians with 21 catches for 344 yards and three touchdowns.

Contact Joey Knight at jknight@tampabay.com. Follow @TBTimes_Bulls.

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