Gaddis Comments on the Heels

C.J. Gaddis is an awesome high school athlete who could play a variety of positions at the college level - QB, RB, WR, S, CB -- any position that requires athleticism. Gaddis has verbally committed to the Clemson Tigers, but several teams are in hot pursuit, including North Carolina.

The following story comes from InsideCarolina's interview with C.J. Gaddis late last week:

Hoke County athlete C.J. Gaddis (6-0, 196) verbally committed to the Clemson Tigers, but it appears that the Tar Heels are making some progress, if only marginally.

One of the primary reasons the Heels' chances seem to have increased, from almost zero, is that there is a relentless recruiter on his trail. No, not Hal Hunter, who is also pursuing Gaddis hard, but Mike Mason. The speedy wide receiver from Rocky Mount apparently has been talking up the Heels to Gaddis.

Gaddis told IC, "I met Mike at the Texas game and we have been talking ever since. I told Mike he is my second recruiter for Carolina besides Coach Hunter. We talk about our high school teams some and we talk about Carolina. He'll ask how I thought Carolina played and then he would say how I would fit in and be able to help the team.

Gaddis says he is 90% certain that he will still attend Clemson, and puts the Tar Heel's chances at about 10%, but also says, "They are gaining ground some. About a month or so I would have said Clemson was a 99% probability. I told Coach Hunter that if I didn't go to Clemson then I would definitely go to UNC."

What has Hunter told Gaddis about how he might fit in at UNC? "He compares me to a player from Indiana where he used to coach, Antwan Randle-EL. He says that Carolina would use me similar to him in that I would play a number of different positions."

Gaddis is officially visiting North Carolina on 12/06/02 and has other official visits set for Georgia (12/13/02) and Clemson (1/10/03).

Gaddis is unofficially visiting North Carolina this weekend for the Clemson game, and he also was in Chapel Hill last weekend for the Heels' game against Maryland.

Though Gaddis qualifies as a "longshot" to join the Tar Heels recruiting class in February, this one could go down to the wire.

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