Dykes is 'Quick, Powerful, Athletic'

With the pledge of Mike Dykes, North Carolina adds a very athletic offensive lineman to their 2007 verbal commitment list.

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    "Mike is a very powerful, quick, athletic offensive lineman," said Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills head football coach George Novak. "At 6-4, he runs a 4.9-forty."

    According to Novak, it's Dykes' quickness and athleticism that separates him from other offensive lineman.

    "He played tight end and defensive end when he was younger," said Novak. "He's very quick and athletic."

    Dykes also plays on both Woodland Hills' basketball and baseball teams.

    A three-year starter on the football team, Dykes earned all-conference honors following his junior season.

    As is the trend with all quality linemen, Dykes excels in the classroom, too. Currently, he reports a 3.5 core grade point average, with a 1500 score on the SATs.

    Dykes, who also held scholarship offers from Akron, Duke, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Temple, and Toledo, claimed North Carolina his leader since they became the first school to offer him. However, it was an unofficial campus visit that sealed the deal.

    "We went down to a passing camp at Wake Forest and we visited North Carolina," said Novak. "He just really liked Coach [John] Bunting. Coach Frank Cignetti, Jr. is down there, he's the offensive coordinator [and] he's a western Pennsylvania guy. He just really enjoyed him and Coach [Mark] Weber the offensive line coach. He got along great with them."

    It didn't stop at the coaching staff for Dykes, according to Novak.

    "[UNC has] great facilities, warm climate, beautiful campus, [and] great education – he's interested in business and they have a great business school there," said Novak. "It was the perfect for him – everything clicked for him."

    Firm in his commitment, Dykes won't visit any other schools during the remainder of his recruitment, according to his coach.


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    "He's not a kid that's going to jump out to the average viewer. But if you're a football guy and watch some film, he'll definitely stand out. That's because of his consistency. He's a kid who makes a very high percentage of his blocks."

    "He's a good athlete, very athletic on his feet and just needs to fill out. His lower body strength isn't the greatest yet, and he'll need to improve in that area. But his best asset is his ability on his feet, he's one of the more athletic kids in the state as far as lineman go. He's a good, not great pass blocker -- though part of that is inexperience since his team doesn't pass a lot. But, again, he's got great feet. He's not going to dominate, but he'll seal people off every play and he's fundamentally he's sound."

    "There are so many lineman in Pa. this year that some are slipping under the radar like Dykes. There are in the range of 20-30 linemen in this state this year with offers. He'll be a guy who redshirts and is a season or two away from seeing the field. Once he gets to that point, I think he'll be a good college football player."

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