Blue Heaven

Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee safety Clint Heaven has verbally committed to North Carolina, his coach confirmed Thursday morning.

Manatee assistant coach Chris Convoy, who handles Manatee's player's recruitments, said the news even caught him by surprise.

"I actually just had to pull him out an exam for a minute to verify that he had actually committed," Convey said. "We haven't really talked about it."

Heaven, a 6-foot, 185-pound safety, was recruited by UNC's previous staff and a major target of the Tar Heels' new staff.

"He went up there this summer for an unofficial visit with his family," Convey said. "So [UNC] has been one of the schools he had liked for a long time. He probably waited this long to see who the coach was going to be and meeting the staff -- I just thought he would wait until his official visit."

Heaven chose UNC over interest from Arizona, Clemson, Indiana, Mississippi, NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Convey confirmed that Heaven has moved his UNC official visit up to this coming weekend from the weekend of Jan. 27 and will not take any other visits.

Heaven helped Manatee to the 7A state championship in 2011 while collecting 80 tackles, one sack, one interception, and five passes defended. During his junior season, while missing four games with a broken jaw, he 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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