Heaven: 'I Wanted to be a Tar Heel'

Clint Heaven has had UNC atop his leaderboard for the past year and this week he finalized his decision. The Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee safety talked to InsideCarolina.com about becoming a Tar Heel ...

What made you want to commit to UNC?

"Basically, the coaching staff – they have a great coaching staff that just came in. It's a great academic school. It's in a great location. There's a great chance of playing early. And it's a place I could see myself. I wanted to be a Tar Heel for the next four years."

What went behind the timing of the decision, considering you have an official visit this coming weekend?

"Really, North Carolina had been my top school for a year now – I went to UNC last year for an unofficial and I loved it. So I already had a feel for the place. I just weighed my options and I felt like it was the best spot for me."

When did you actually make the commitment?

"I made it Tuesday during an in-home visit with Coach [Larry] Fedora and Coach [Dan] Disch."

Were you planning on committing then or did it just happen?

"I had an idea of that's where I wanted to go, but I didn't expect to commit then."

What did Fedora and Disch talk about during the in-home visit?

"They just basically gave me an overall overview of the school. How they were excited about me coming up there, how it was going to be, and basically answering any concerns that my parents have. They were just basically touching base on everything."

Did Fedora talk more about how you fit into their 4-2-5 defense?

"He did. I think I'm going to be moved back to free [safety] and then in the nickel package, I would be the inside linebacker in the box and then I would be moved back to free safety. So I would be moved back and forth."

What are you thoughts on being used in that capacity?

"Really, I'll probably play a little of both once I get to know the system a little better. Me being able to play both means I'm interchangeable and is more of an opportunity to get on the field."

Did they talk about where you are on their safety recruiting board?

"They said I'm No. 1 on their recruiting board and they expect me to come in and play as a freshman. It's definitely a great feeling when they told me I'm going to be a true freshman and I'll get playing time."

Are you going to take any additional official visits after this weekend's visit?

"No sir, that's it. ... North Carolina wanted me to come this weekend. I felt everything happened for the best. I felt North Carolina really did want me and it was where I wanted to spend my next four years."

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