Dykes Shares UNC Vision

It was Butch Davis's vision that solidified Mike Dykes as a UNC football signee this morning. The 6-foot-4 265-pound offensive guard from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills pointed to his new head coach's in-home visit as the pivotal moment in his recruitment.

"When Coach Davis came for the in-home visit, along with the offensive line coach, we sat down and were talking and just made [my feeling] strong that I was going to UNC," Dykes said. "I felt like the vision that he had, with where he wanted to take North Carolina football, was great and I knew that I wanted to be a part of that vision."

Dykes took part in ceremony at his school at 9 a.m. this morning, along with nine of his teammates. He said that while he was glad the recruiting process was completed and that his collegiate future was secure, it was still nice to share the morning with his family.

"I had my whole family there supporting me, so it was definitely a great experience," Dykes said. "Knowing that I'm going to college and that I'll be playing football on a full scholarship was very important to us, so it was great."

The entire Dykes family was also impressed with Butch Davis during the in-home visit that sealed the deal.

"My mom, my sister and my brother loved him," Davis said. "Once he stepped in the door, it was like he was a part of the family."

As a senior, Dykes earned second team Class AAAA Associated Press All-State honors, and was named first team All-Conference by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He plans to major in business, and will enroll at UNC for the second summer session, beginning June 21st.

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