Four-Star to Attend UNC Junior Day

Arden Key, a four-star defensive end, admits his knowledge of North Carolina is limited. However, he's been learning about UNC the past few months and plans to continue that education.

"Coach [Ron] West and I talk a lot about [UNC]," Key said. "He tells me the schemes that they run.

"Academics and stuff, I really don't know about it. I'll learn about that on my visit."

Key, a 6-foot-4, 215-pounder from Lithonia (Ga.) King, is eying a junior day visit to UNC. Additionally, he plans to make a west coast swing that includes stops at Oregon, USC, UCLA, and Washington. He also hopes to visit every SEC school by the end of the summer.

Already, Key has visited Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Approximately 35 schools have offered the 2015 prospect a scholarship. His plan is to make his aforementioned visits and then name a top five over the summer. If ready, he could verbally commit before the end of the summer.

Key is trying to be thorough with the recruiting process after committing to South Carolina last June only to de-commit three months later.

"Really, nothing happened," Key said. "I felt like I committed too early and I just wanted to hear every school and not burn any bridges with anybody."

With that said, Key says the Gamecocks are very much under consideration for the same reasons he initially committed.

"No. 1, I was looking at [Jadeveon] Clowney – he balled out that year," Key said. "And the atmosphere was crazy out there. And then the coaches, they make you want to come. Coach [Lorenzo] Ward, he's from down here so he knows where we're coming from. So he can relate to us."

While most schools plan to keep Key at defensive end, UNC sees him playing the Bandit within its 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

"I can play it, but I'm really looking for a defensive end [opportunity] where I can put my hand in the dirt. He also said that I could put my hand in the dirt on first and second downs and then stand up on third downs. He said a lot depends on my weight."

Key started at defensive end for the East squad during Tuesday's Georgia's Rising Seniors Bowl. Unofficially, he ended the game with four tackles.

During his junior season at King, Key accumulated 90 tackles, including 10.5 for a loss, and three sacks.

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