Heels getting assist in recruitment of Lewis

One of the greatest recruiting edges for any coaching staff is having a close friend of a recruit currently on your roster. Class of 2004 signee and former Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland running back Vince Wilson has proven to be a key asset to the Tar Heels' 2005 recruiting efforts, with a total of three current Mainland players owning UNC offers.

One of the more celebrated of the threesome being 6-foot-2, 245-pound defensive end/linebacker Matt Lewis.

"I love the Tar Heels," stated Lewis. "In fact a good friend of mine Vince Wilson, he's there. I call him almost every night asking him how is it and how the program is. I like that all the freshman that come in get a laptop to take care of their school business. I really like North Carolina."

Wilson might have given the Tar Heels an unmatched edge over other schools, but it was the North Carolina coaching staff that has strongly impressed Lewis.

"What I liked about the coaches was the first thing that they talked about was their academics," remarked Lewis. "Before we got down to any football business, the first words were our academic program can do this and do this.

"And then they went to football. We started taking about positions and the openings of positions and people they have playing at that position, and how much that position is looked at for the NFL. They actually want me at DE or linebacker."

Lewis, who hopes to sign with the same school as current teammate Brian Ellis, presently favors Miami, Florida State and LSU. However, he strongly believes a trip to Chapel Hill will be among his five official visits.

"Yeah that is one of the places I'm going to be taking an official visit to," he said.

From his defensive tackle position, Lewis recorded 110 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior, while facing double teams. As a sophomore, Lewis wasn't as big of a part of the opposing offensive coordinators game plans, and shined with 136 tackles and 18 sacks.

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