Heaven's Decision Set in Stone

Clint Heaven's North Carolina official visit over the weekend confirmed the decision he made last week.

"[The official visit] definitely set it in stone that this was where I wanted to be," said the 6-foot, 185-pound safety from Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee. "With a new coaching staff and everything, I wanted to make sure that I had the same feeling that I had when I went on my unofficial over the summer. Basically, [the official visit] pretty much put it in stone that I know for a fact that I want to be a Tar Heel."

The official visit was Heaven's second trip to UNC – and his first as a Tar Heel.

"It was definitely a different experience from when I visited over the summer," said Heaven, who committed to UNC less than a week prior to the visit. "It was definitely different as far as seeing the scenery again and saying ‘Okay, I'm going to be here next year.' It's just a beautiful place."

Accompanied by his parents, Heaven began his UNC official visit on Friday and left Sunday morning.

"We had a pretty busy schedule," Heaven said. "They try to show you everything in 48 hours. During the little bit of down time Friday and Saturday nights, I went out with the players. We got to know each other a little bit and talked a little bit about football."

Fellow Floridian Tre Boston was Heaven's player host for the weekend.

"He's a real cool dude," Heaven said. "He really showed me a good time… I hung out with a lot of the players – not just Tre – and they were a great group of guys and I look forward to them being my teammates."

Minus the "down time," Heaven was with the UNC's coaching staff non-stop.

"Throughout the whole visit, [Larry] Fedora and I and Coach [Dan] Disch were pretty close," Heaven said. "I talked to Coach Disch and Coach Fedora the whole time I was there."

Fedora and Heaven spoke so much during the visit that there wasn't much left to discuss during the customary official visit-concluding meeting.

"He just asked me if I had any more questions and am I confident in my commitment," Heaven said. "I told him I'm solid on my commitment. I told him he doesn't have anything to worry about."

Among other things, Heaven's conversations with Disch included how he fits in the 4-2-5 defense Disch is bringing to UNC.

"He just talked about how he was looking forward to me being a Tar Heel, how they are excited about their plans for the upcoming season, and he was telling me about the different coverages for the 4-2-5 defense," Heaven said. "He expects me to come in and be a factor as a true freshman.

"Most likely, they're looking at me to be the "cat" safety. It's basically like a free and strong mixture. I'll be playing 12 yards back, instead of what I played in high school in the box. I guess they see me better playing in space than right in the box."

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