Fla. DB Schedules UNC Visit

Clint Heaven will take three significant recruiting trips late next week.

"I'll be visiting North Carolina first on Thursday, [July] 21," Heaven said. "Then I'll be at NC State and then Vanderbilt."

These visits are so significant to Heaven's recruitment because all three stops are his first visits to the campuses of the programs that make up the 6-foot, 185-pound safety's top three schools list.

"There's nothing in particular I'm looking for [on these visits]," Heaven said. "I'm just going up there to see everything, what sort of feeling I get up there, and talk to the coaches a little more and get to know them a little more on a personal level."

Heaven, a Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee product, doesn't expect the visits to immediately result in a verbal commitment.

"These visits will give me a pretty good idea on what will happen when I actually do decide," Heaven said. "It's hard to say when I'll commit. I'll just go ahead and make that decision when I'm ready to commit to that school and I feel like I can see myself there for four years."

Heaven anticipates taking most, if not all, of his official visits, before making a verbal commitment.

"When it comes to making my decision, first it will be the relationship I have with the coaches, then the atmosphere, and when I'm going to be able to play," Heaven said.

UNC, NC State, and Vanderbilt are just the three schools that have emerged as favorites for Heaven – they aren't the only schools he is focusing on. In fact, his top three schools list has seen several changes, especially within the last a couple of months.

Heading into next week's visits, Vanderbilt is Heaven's leader with UNC second and NC State third.

"All of them are great schools," Heaven said. "I like each school's academics and coaching staffs. I get a good feeling when I talk to the coaches."

Specifically with UNC, Heaven communicates the most with assistant coach Joe Robinson. The two speak one or two times a week.

"We talk about trying to get to know each other a little bit more," Heaven said. "He said they're really interested in me and they really want me up there."

Heaven credits his relationship with Vanderbilt's coaching staff for the Commodores' position atop his favorite schools list.

"I just feel comfortable when I talk to their coaching staff," Heaven said. "And of course it helps I'm No. 1 on their DB depth chart right now."

During his junior season, Heaven, who missed four games with a broken jaw, accumulated 53 tackles and six pass breakups. Fully healthy, he recorded 81 tackles, a sack, and four pass breakups as a sophomore.

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