Signee Update: Clint Heaven

Although he'll have to adjust to the different terminology, North Carolina signee Clint Heaven is quite familiar with the 4-2-5 defense that Larry Fedora has installed. Heaven has played a couple different positions in that exact scheme during his high school career at Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee.

As a freshman, Heaven began his high school career at the free safety position. However, the 6-foot, 201-pounder was eventually moved to the "Whip" ("Ram" in UNC's scheme) to fill a void.

"As far as my coverage skills, I like playing further back and in open space," Heaven said. "But last year, I was more like an outside linebacker, because we needed someone who could play inside the box."

For UNC, Heaven is expected to begin his career at the strong safety position, but will test the waters at all three safety positions.

"They want me to come in as the ‘Cat' right now, which is like their strong safety," Heaven said. "But as the season goes on, they want me to switch around to the other [safety positions]. I'll just rotate around until we see which is better."

Heaven, who speaks regularly to UNC defensive coordinator Dan Disch, has been told to be ready to come in and play as a true freshman.

In preparation for possibly seeing the field this fall, Heaven elected not to run track and hired a personal trainer.

"My primary focus at the end of the [football] season was just to focus on getting bigger, stronger, faster, and working on all the fundamentals of my game," Heaven said. "I've definitely gotten faster. My bench has gone up. My key points I was working on – my footwork, my quickness, my agility – those have improved over the course of my training."

Since the end of his senior football season, Heaven has added nearly ten pounds on his frame.

When Heaven dons a Carolina Blue jersey for the first time, he'll be sporting new digits.

"During my official, they asked me what number I wanted," Heaven said. "I request 14 and Coach Fedora agreed that I'd get 14. I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming that's what I'll wear.

"Coming into college, you may not get that number you had in high school so I had a list of numbers. My number in high school was 20, but I can't get that number. My next number was 14 – that was the number my brother wore in high school and I always liked that number."

Heaven, who has completed all required enrollment paperwork, is set to arrive at UNC on June 16 in time for the second summer semester.

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