Dykes Enjoys Official Trip

For his official visit to North Carolina, the school he committed to in July, Mike Dykes selected the Tar Heels' ACC opener this past weekend.

"I just wanted to see them play Virginia Tech," said Dykes. "I tried to pick a game that I figured was going to be a pretty good game, and scheduling, it was a pretty good week for me."

Dykes, 6-foot-4 265-pound offensive tackle from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills, arrived in Chapel Hill Saturday morning and headed directly to the game.

"The fans, they supported their team all the way through," said Dykes. "I thought, the turnovers pretty much killed them. It wasn't the outcome that they wanted, but there were still some good things."

Following the game, Dykes spent time in the locker room talking to players and coaches. For the remainder of his stay, Dykes toured the campus.

"Everything was pretty much a high point for me," said Dykes. "Getting to interact so much with the players was important to me, I didn't get to do that last time I was up there."

Dykes also hung out with many of the other recruits on campus, especially fellow Pittsburgh native, Stefen Wisniewski.

"Me and him, we pretty much traveled with each other the entire time," said Dykes. "I was just telling him how good it would be to play together. I'm sure a lot of the coaches and players that were around him tried to persuade him, so I didn't have to do too much [recruiting]."

While at home in Pittsburgh, Dykes' recruiting efforts continue as teammate Rob Gronkowski is also a big time Tar Heel target.

"I'm definitely whispering in his ear," said Dykes. "I'm telling him some things to think about. I told him about my official visit – the good time I had up there."

With Dykes anchoring the offensive line, Woodland Hills is off to a 1-1 start to their 2006 season.

Dykes won't visit any other schools – officially or unofficially – outside of North Carolina. However, he said he hopes to return to Chapel Hill for a game or two.

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