Frye Waiting On Heels

Can a prospect delay getting the offer he desires by proclaiming his prohibitive favorite beforehand? That question must have Fayetteville Britt safety Alex Frye scratching his head right now, for the same reason UNC freshman Cameron Sexton did about this time a year ago.

Another example could be Tar Heels' 2005 signee James "Cooter" Arnold. During his pre-summer recruitment, the Davie County tailback lobbied for an offer from N.C. State that would never come – albeit the Wolfpack ultimately landed Toney Baker.

Alex Frye currently has offers from Duke and Wake Forest – both coming in the last two weeks, and is also getting plenty of interest from N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State.

But plain and simple, he wants to be a Tar Heel.

"I've been hoping for a long time – since I was young – to play at Carolina," Frye said. "My cousin got me hooked on them. I've always liked their basketball team. And of course, I like their facilities."

College coaches may have to take a more guarded approach when there's a chance an offer might be accepted immediately. However in Frye's case, it appears to be just a matter of time before the Tar Heels will make his lifelong dream a reality.

"I do feel like he's going to get the offer, it's just a matter of when," Buccaneers coach Richard Bailey said immediately following a visit to the school by UNC assistant Hal Hunter on Tuesday. "I would be surprised if an offer was not coming shortly."

At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Frye has all the tools to make UNC proud – both athletically and academically.

"The thing about Alex is he is a vocal leader; he is the quarterback of our defense," Bailey said. "He's got a good school IQ, but he's also got a good football IQ. He's a very smart football player, who plays with a lot of passion."

He intercepted five passes and made 55 tackles for the reigning state 4A football champs.

"They said they liked my hitting and my ball skills," Frye said he was told by the UNC coaches following the championship game.

A track standout as well, he registered a 38.5-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-8 in the broad jump at the combine in Durham on April 10. And while at first glance Frye's 4.62-second time in the 40-yard dash may seem ordinary, it was one of the best recorded that day on the thick field turf behind Duke's Wallace Wade Stadium.

Simply put, Frye's faster than that.

Frye also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 GPA, although he recently told Inside Carolina he had an unconditional offer from UNC pending his SAT results.

"I don't understand that, the kid is going to make about a 1300 on the SAT," Bailey said. "I'll quit teaching if he doesn't make above 1000. Maybe Alex took something they said as meaning that.

"What I do know is Carolina's interest is very high."

The Tar Heels currently have seven players from the Fayetteville area on their roster, but only walk-on safety Ryan Salone is from Jack Britt. Carolina missed out on 2004 tailback George Bell (Virginia Tech) and 2005 cornerback Brandon Ghee (Wake Forest).

"I'm a big Carolina fan and I've caught some heat for not sending kids to Carolina, but finally we've got one who is a good D-I player – and he's a Carolina fan," Bailey said. "Alex Frye is as big a Carolina fan as you will find."

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