Coach unaware of reported offers

According to Lincoln High School (Tallahassee, Fla.) head football coach David Wilson, only 2004 guard prospect Calvin Darity has an official offer from North Carolina, despite a report published on another web site today.

Wilson told Inside Carolina Wednesday morning that he could not remember discussing the matter with any reporters, because he said he is simply unaware of any UNC offers made to linebacker Rodney Gallon, tight end Craig Gilhardt and offensive guard Danny Muy.

"I can confirm that they have offered Calvin Darity, but I can't confirm that they have offered the other kids," Wilson said. "I don't know where that came from. The only one I know about is Calvin Darity, and Coach [John] Bunting made that offer known to me himself."

Bunting called Wilson directly prior to the Tar Heels making the offer to Darity, so it seems a bit odd that Bunting would leave Wilson out of the informational "loop" when offering Gallon, Gilhardt, and Muy, whom Wilson said that the UNC coaches had not even been by to visit.

Wilson said he has had to deal with false recruiting reports before, and that it can be quite a time-consuming hassle for him when it happens -- not to mention the damage it can do to a student-athlete.

"We had a quarterback here named Gavin Dickey, and he took a recruiting trip to Notre Dame in October of 2001. When he came back, the Melbourne newspaper said that he had committed to Notre Dame. They printed that, and everybody else in the state picked up on it, and that was not the truth."

Dickey ended up choosing Florida.

"I spent untold hours killing that rumor," Wilson said. "People were calling me and wanting interviews – nationwide. I said, ‘No, no. You've got it all wrong.'

"So I don't know where all this came from on the [UNC] web site. It could be that Calvin said something, but I don't know.

"You can put on there that the head coach at Lincoln is not aware of that," Wilson continued. "This presents problems for me, because I'll be getting other phone calls from media in N.C., and they will be wanting information on all these kids. It just takes up my time, and we're in the middle of spring football right now."

In the meantime, here's a little more information on the three Lincoln prospects in question:

Gallon (6-0, 202) appears to be the most coveted of the three. He runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and has drawn comparison by his coach to another great Tallahassee linebacker.

"Rodney is Derrick Brooks," Wilson said. "He reminds me so much of Derrick Brooks, when we played against him in high school."

Gilhardt (6-3, 265), who runs a 4.7 in the 40-yard dash, is also the Trojans' deep snapper and has played offensive line during his high school career.

"He could go 270 easy," Wilson said. "He is a good athlete. He played offensive tackle for us last year and he can run."

Muy (6-3, 270) "has been offered by Louisville," Wilson said.


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