Heels Offer Another Pa. OL

On Thursday afternoon the North Carolina coaching staff extended Mike Dykes his first scholarship offer.

"North Carolina just offered me [Thursday]," said Dykes. "I talked to them [Thursday] morning via Coach [George] Novak. Coach Novak called me down to his office, I got to speak to [Coach Frank Cignetti] on the phone and he offered me."

During their phone conversation, Cignetti also gave Dykes a synopsis of the UNC program and what their plans are for the 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman.

"He talked to me about the overall football program itself," said Dykes. "How he knows it's an up-and-coming program, they have some new additions on the coaching staff, and they're really excited about my potential at guard or center. He talked about the education part of the school and how they value education. He said they really like me on tape and they said I'm a tough kid and they really want to see me over the summer."

Dykes "definitely" plans to take Cignetti up on his invitation to visit over the summer, and figures to unofficially drop by the campus in July during the week his high school team camps at Wake Forest.

"I think it has plenty of potential there," said Dykes of UNC. "I definitely want to visit the campus to see how campus life is like. I think it's an up-and-coming school and I think I'll be a good addition to the team."

During his stay, Dykes, who considers the Tar Heels to "definitely" be his leader, can foresee a possible verbal commitment.

"If the school is real nice and I like the program and coaches, a verbal commitment could come out of it," said Dykes.

Dykes is also being recruited by Indiana, Toledo, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh.

A three-year starter at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills, Dykes earned all-conference recognition for his play along the offensive line as a junior.

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