Dykes, an offensive lineman from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills, signed a National Letter of Intent with North Carolina last February.
Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, keeps in constant contact with Dykes.
"He said during summer workouts that he's going to see what I've got and I might possibly redshirt," said Dykes. "He said I'm probably going to be a guard or center."
Although he'll be working hard towards early playing time, Dykes understands the benefits of redshirting.
"It's something a lot linemen go through – redshirt, get bigger, stronger, faster so that I'm more capable of playing with the big boys" said Dykes. "If it happens, I'll take that. But if I can get a chance to play as a freshman, that's what I want to do."
Dykes, who was a three-year starter at offensive tackle for Woodland Hills, has been working on making the move to the interior with his head football coach, George Novak.
"It's going to be different, but I'm working on it right now," said Dykes. "I'm trying to make the transition easier."
Although he participated in basketball and track in previous years, Dykes decided to spend the months after his senior football season preparing for his college career.
"Basically, I've been keeping up with my strength and training, pretty much," said Dykes. "[UNC] sent me a booklet a couple of weeks ago. I've been trying to follow that as much as I can."
Dykes, who now stands 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, said he has put on 15 pounds since the summer.
Dykes is fully qualified academically and will arrive on campus on June 25th, two days after playing in the East-West All-Star Game.