OL Commitment Impressed by Davis Hire

While he has yet to speak to him, Mike Dykes feels North Carolina made a good decision by hiring Butch Davis to replace John Bunting.

"That's definitely great news [because] he's a great coach," said Dykes. "He had a good career with Miami ... It's good that he's coming to North Carolina."

The news of Davis' hire wasn't good enough to firm up Dykes' verbal commitment, which he made in late July and softeedn after the news of John Bunting's exit

"I'm looking around a little bit, but it's definitely great to know that they hired [Davis]," said Dykes.

Dykes, a 6-foot-4 265-pound offensive tackle from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills, is looking at a number of schools, but is hoping to get official visits scheduled with Indiana, Mississippi, and Northwestern.

"I'm in the process of scheduling official visits with those schools," said Dykes. "I visited Akron on an unofficial visit a week or two ago, I had a great time up there. Also, Ohio State, I hope to get down there one more time. Those three schools have come on strong recently, so I definitely wanted to look hard at those three schools."

Dykes has already taken his official visit with the Tar Heels.

Amid all the possible change, offensive line coach Mark Weber and recruiting contact Frank Cignetti continue to keep in touch with Dykes regularly. They talk very little about the coaching situation, keeping the conversations centered on UNC's season and Dykes' senior season.

Dykes' senior football season ended abruptly last Friday with a second round playoff loss to Wexford (Pa.) North Alleghany.

"It was definitely disappointing that we finished the season off so early, but we had a good year," said Dykes. "We did a lot of good things during the year – a lot of good highlights as a team.

"I think I did well. I progressed; I got better and better as the season kept on. I think I did real well on both sides of the ball."

Woodland Hills ended the season with an 8-3 record including five shutouts.

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