Signee Update: Kiaro Holts

As soon as he arrives on campus in June, Kiaro Holts will compete for playing time along North Carolina's offensive line.

"[Sam Pittman] said I should be able to fight for the right tackle spot," Holts said. "I'm happy about that. That's why I'm working out so hard and gaining so much weight. I'm just trying to get ready and help the team out."

Holts says he's up to 290 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame. The Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central product played his senior football season in the 270-275-pound range.

Holts' workout includes a mixture of the regimen UNC sent him and Warren Central's off-season workout.

"[UNC] sent me a little workout plan," Holts said. "I've been following mostly my high school stuff. [My high school] does mostly the same stuff [that's in UNC's workout plan]. Most of the squatting and the lower body stuff I do comes from North Carolina's plan."

Although his UNC career will begin competing at right tackle, the plan is for Holts to ultimately anchor the Tar Heels' offensive line at left tackle.

"[Pittman] said I'll play two years at right and two years at left," Holts said.

Holts has primarily played left tackle for Warren Central. However, he has experience at right, including during the Under Armour All-American Game.

"The only real adjustment [to playing right] is getting used to the stance," Holts said. "It was awkward at first, but I got it."

Holts expects to continue to wear No. 72 during his UNC career.

"[No. 72] is my high school number," Holts said. "I asked for it."

Holts, who moves into his dorm on June 10, says his roommate situation will be determined once he arrives on campus.

Although he resides on the edge of the eastern time zone, Holts developed friendships with several UNC signees, including early enrollees Travis Riley and Landon Turner.

"[Riley and Turner] said they love it [at UNC], but you just have to get used to all the workouts," Holts said.

Additionally, Holts spent time with Jack Tabb when the UNC tight end signee visited Indiana last weekend.

"It was pretty good just to hang out with one of my future teammates and just to get the chemistry going already," Holts said. "[Tabb] grew up here – I think he was here in eighth and ninth grade – so he was coming back to visit. It was pretty cool. We were talking about football most of the time and the workouts we're doing."

Although he's taking a couple core classes this semester, Holts says the NCAA Clearinghouse projects him as a qualifier.

Holts plans to major in radiology at UNC.

"I like the medical field and doing X-rays," Holts said. "I like doing all that stuff."

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