Spikes Makes Surprise Visit

When North Carolina didn't show up on his early list, but schools like Miami and Oklahoma did, many figured that Scout.com four-star linebacker Brandon Spikes wasn't considering the Tar Heels. However, that assumption was false.

Spikes, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder from Shelby (N.C.) Crest, decided to unofficially visit Chapel Hill this past weekend.

"I went up Thursday, I stayed Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday," said Spikes. "I just sat down and broke down some tape with the coach [John Bunting] and the linebacker coach [Tommy] Thigpen. I got the chance to be around some players. It was great; I liked it a lot at Chapel Hill."

Showing Spikes around was friend, UNC verbal, and cross-town rival Tavorris Jolly. Jolly served as a campus guide, as well as an additional recruiter in Spikes' ear.

"Oh yes, he's trying [to recruit me]," said Spikes. "We'll just see if he's successful."

Over the summer, Spikes listed Miami as his leader. However, he has since opened up his recruitment and admits UNC has a good shot for his February signature.

"I like them a lot," said Spikes. "They are on my radar, and everything I'm looking for in a school they got. I'm just going to stay open and check it out."

By the end of August, Spikes plans to narrow down his 30-something scholarship offers to the five schools he will officially visit.

A four-year starter, Spikes posted 98 tackles including three sacks, seven interceptions, and forced five fumbles from his linebacker position. As a freshman, Spikes manned the defensive end position, but moved to linebacker before his sophomore season.

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