UNC Still in Top Two for Heaven

A week after meeting with Butch Davis in Chapel Hill, Clint Heaven was stunned to see the UNC head coach dismissed.

"I was astonished," Heaven said. "I had literally talked to him the week before and he was pretty confident himself that he was still going to be there for a while, because of his contract. It was definitely a shock to everyone in my family."

After visiting UNC in late July, Heaven crowned the Tar Heels his leader. The 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee has since tempered those feelings not because of Davis's firing but because he has had time to reflect on his entire recruitment.

"[UNC] is still among my top schools," Heaven said. "Coach Davis getting fired didn't really change my outlook. I've just been thinking a lot about Vanderbilt and UNC. I've been thinking about all the pros and cons. I would say it's definitely a close race between those two schools."

Everett Withers, who has been UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach the past three seasons, being named the interim head coach actually works in UNC's favor for Heaven.

"I talked with him for a while when I went up there," Heaven said. "We talked about the defensive back position, he showed me a little bit of film, and we had gone over the depth chart. So I've gotten to know him a little bit – we've established a little bit of a relationship. He's a down-to-earth guy, definitely knows what he's talking about, and he's just an overall cool dude. A defensive-minded coach who is the head coach now is definitely a plus."

Although the two schools have emerged as favorites, Heaven isn't just focused on UNC and Vanderbilt.

"I'm pretty much wide open with the whole recruiting thing," Heaven said. "But those two schools are on the top of my list I would say."

Furthermore, Heaven is nowhere close to making a verbal commitment. He plans on taking all five of his official visits before choosing a college and those visits will take place after the football season.

"Right now, I'm pretty much relaxing," Heaven said. "I'm just going to see how everything plays out this season."

In addition to UNC and Vanderbilt, Heaven has collected scholarship offers from Clemson, NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and South Carolina.

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