UNC Holds Strong Lead for Pa. OL

After receiving his first scholarship from North Carolina in mid-May, Mike Dykes quickly named the Tar Heels his leader. Since then, Dykes has added six new offers, but hasn't veered away from UNC in the very least.

"Definitely [North Carolina is still my leader]," said Dykes. "I think they're even farther up the list right now. I definitely like North Carolina and they're getting the key players that they need – I believe it's seven commits now. They're getting good players and when I get to visit their school within the next couple of weeks, I believe I probably will be the next one [to commit]."

Dykes, a 6-foot-4 265-pound offensive guard from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills, plans to unofficially visit Chapel Hill on July the 14th. The visit will be part of a week long tour of various college campuses which will also include Duke, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"We're stopping by a couple of schools, but North Carolina is going to be a primary school that we're stopping into," said Dykes. "I don't know the actual schedule, but I know that we're going to spend the most time at North Carolina."

Coach Frank Cignetti started off as his primary recruiter, but now Dykes speaks almost exclusively with offensive line coach Mark Weber.

"I text Coach [Mark] Weber pretty much daily," said Dykes. "I keep him updated on what I'm doing. He wants to know about my workouts at the school, my lifting, what I'm doing to maintain my weight and gaining it. And we talk about their campus and also talk about the area I want to study, which is business."

In addition to the Tar Heels, Dykes has received offers from Akron, Duke, Kentucky, Miami [Ohio], Temple, and Toledo.

Schools like Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and Indiana are also showing strong interest but have yet to extend an offer. Regardless, Dykes doesn't foresee a school entering the picture and unseating UNC.

"Right now, not at this time," said Dykes. "North Carolina is recruiting me the hardest, I really like the school – the environment, [and] I really like the coaches. They're just on the top of the list; I can't see anybody catching up to them."

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

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