Heaven Receives Call from UNC

Clint Heaven hasn't spoken yet to Larry Fedora, North Carolina's newly hired head football coach. However, the 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee did receive a phone call from a Tar Heel recruiter.

"I spoke to the defensive coordinator from Illinois, [Vic Koenning] – the one that's coming to North Carolina," Heaven said.

Koenning is currently Illinois' defensive coordinator and interim head coach. Although he hasn't officially been named to UNC's staff, he has reportedly declined an offer to remain coordinator for the Illini's new head coach Tim Beckman.

Heaven says his conversation with Koenning was "brief."

"[Koenning] just called me and told me he was coming to North Carolina and [UNC] was still interested in me," Heaven said. "Basically, he wants us to get to know each other. He's going to be the defensive coordinator, so he was letting me know about the defense."

Fedora has, though, tried unsuccessfully to reach out to Heaven.

"[Fedora] called my mom and my mom tried to call him back, but I don't believe they've actually spoken yet," Heaven said.

Heaven is scheduled to officially visit West Virginia the weekend of Jan. 14 and Vanderbilt the following weekend. His remaining three official visits are wide open.

"Right now, I couldn't really say [which schools will get my final three official visits]," Heaven said. "I'm just weighing my options."

The contact from UNC was crucial in the Tar Heels' attempt to receive one of Heaven's three empty official visit slots.

"[UNC] is definitely still a great school," Heaven said. "I don't know their coaching staff, so I don't have an impression of them. But as far as the school goes, I'm still pretty interested in them. I'll probably take an official [to UNC] to learn more about the school and the staff. I'll have to do my research on the new coaches [at UNC]."

Heaven and his Manatee teammates capped the 2011 season with a FHSAA 7A Title on Friday.

"It's a great feelings – my senior year going out with a bang as a state champion," Heaven said. "We made it through the regular season and the playoffs and we got the job done."

In the title game, Manatee demolished previously undefeated Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, 40-0, which featured at least five Division I-A recruits, including UNC verbal commitment Joseph Jackson.

"Hands down, our D-line should have gotten the MVP," Heaven said. "From the first whistle, they just killed those guys all night. Their quarterback had no time to throw the ball."

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