Heels Pushing Hard for Wisniewski

Over the course of the last few months, North Carolina's recruiting efforts have paid off by earning them a spot on Stefen Wisniewski's final list of four schools, which also includes Boston College, Michigan, and Penn State.

"I'd say North Carolina is now in the top four," said Wisniewski. "I like that they have a combination of good academics and a football program that's on the rise. I'd like to see how they do this year, still. I just want to kind of get a good gauge on the program."

Wisniewski, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive guard from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic, says that he talks to his primary recruiter, offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti, regularly.

"He talks to me a couple times a month," said Wisniewski. "He tells me how great North Carolina is. He just says that they like me a lot."

Looking to make his collegiate decision this fall, Wisniewski plans to unofficially visit all of his favorites first, including a trip to Chapel Hill at the end of July.

"Late July I'm going to go down [to North Carolina] – I think it's the 22nd or 23rd," said Wisniewski. "I've never seen the place. I've just got to check out the school and the facilities and see if I can be comfortable there. Hopefully I get to meet a few players as well and see how they like it, and meet with some academics people as well. "Coach [Frank] Cignetti hasn't really talked to me about [the visit] much, yet. I'll just meet with him and Coach [Mark] Weber, the o-line coach, and he'll just show me around."

Wisniewski, who says he does not have a leader among his final four, is also in the process of setting up unofficial trips to Boston College, Michigan, and Penn State. He has already visited Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

Some feel that Wisniewski is a Penn State lock given his family connection to the Nittany Lions. However, Wisniewski says that is far from the case.

"It's not as important as most people make it," said Wisniewski. "I mean, obviously, it's a place that I know a lot about, but as far as my dad wanting me to go there, he wants me to go to a place that's going to be a good fit for me."

A Scout.com four-star prospect, Wisniewski is the 10th ranked offensive line in the nation by Scout.com. He is also a member of Scout.com's Hot 100 at No. 78.

During his junior season at Pittsburgh (Pa.) Central Catholic, Wisniewski earned first team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" and All-WPIAL honors for his play on the offensive line. On defense he recorded 64 tackles including ten for losses and six sacks.

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