Dykes Will Wait for New Coach

Although members of Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills' coaching staff warned him, Mike Dykes was stunned when he discovered John Bunting would not be returning to coach North Carolina next season.

"It was pretty shocking to me," said Dykes. "I know that they had a rough season, but I feel that with this recruiting class that they would take a step in the right direction. Both this class and last were good recruiting classes."

Dykes, a 6-foot-4 265-pound offensive guard, verbally committed to North Carolina in late July. However, the coaching change has put the pledge in jeopardy.

"I'm definitely committed to North Carolina, but I'm kind of going with a wait and see [approach]," said Dykes. "I want to see what happens. See what type of coach they bring in and the interest he has in me.

"While I'm waiting, I'm definitely going to go around to the other schools that have been recruiting me. But, I'm still committed to North Carolina, because I owe that to the staff."

Akron, Arizona, Ohio State, and West Virginia are the four main schools Dykes will be looking into. Of the four, only Akron has offered a scholarship.

Dykes continues to hold on to his commitment – albeit softly – because UNC fits him like a glove.

"One of the biggest things was on my official visit up there I just felt not only the football program but the school in general is what I'm looking for," said Dykes. "What I'm looking for as far as being tops in the business program, social environment, and education and just the school itself. I just felt comfortable since I stepped there and it's hard to let it go. It's such a good school."

Frank Cignetti, Dykes' primary recruiter, contacted Dykes Monday night.

"He pretty much talked about the situation and he talked to me about how he feels North Carolina is a perfect fit for me," said Dykes. "I expressed the same feelings to him. We were pretty much talking about the situation and what lies ahead."

"I feel sympathetic to the North Carolina community," said Dykes. "I feel like they lost a good coach. [Bunting and I] had developed a good relationship when I was down there [unofficially and officially]. Also, I have a good relationship with the rest of the coaching staff.

"I feel sad that Coach Bunting and his coaching staff will be leaving the North Carolina community, because I know they liked it so much."

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