Junior Day Impresses Spikes

From a basketball standpoint, North Carolina's win over archrival Duke secures the number one seed in the ACC tournament. From a football standpoint, the experience bolsters their chances with some of their top targets for the class of 2006, who were on hand for the Tar Heels' second Junior Day.

"I liked it a lot; fans, they love their team," remarked Brandon Spikes of Shelby (N.C.) Crest. "I was cheering along with them. Really, when it was like three minutes left, I thought it was pretty much over, but they fought back."

Attending one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports wasn't the only thing Spikes did during his visit to Chapel Hill.

"I also talked to Coach [John] Bunting and his staff," explained Spikes. "He was just saying stuff about they play and how I'd fit right in their program."

During other visits to North Carolina's campus, Spikes wasn't able to thoroughly speak to members of the coaching staff or get a good feel for the campus. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder revealed that being able to accomplish both those items has helped UNC's chances.

"During this visit, I really got the chance to talk to the coach and stuff I'm starting to feel more comfortable with them and then going around the campus and stuff, I'm feeling better about Carolina," stated Spikes. "I'm considering Carolina a lot more now."

Currently, Spikes doesn't have any additioaln junior day stops on his schedule. He does, however, plan to attend the Nike Combine held in Georgia and the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Charlotte.

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