Gedin down to four

Kory Gedin is one of several linebackers very high on the North Carolina target list. While the Tar Heels appear to be in the lead for the 6-2, 235 pound senior from Gonzaga College High (MD), there are three other schools still in the running.

Gonzaga head coach Kenny Lucas said Gedin had initially thought about an early verbal commitment but will likely wait until at least December to decide.

With Gedin, the key to his decision is not entirely football, as he boasts a 3.35 GPA and an 1100-plus SAT score. Gedin told IC that he has his sights set on attending graduate school once his football career is over, so he is looking for a school with a solid balance of academics and athletics.

Gedin told IC that he has narrowed his list of schools to North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Vanderbilt.

He will make an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend, while his North Carolina visit will come December 6.

After starting at noseguard as a sophomore, Gedin moved to the linebacker position last season, and had more than 150 tackles and four sacks.

In Gedin's first game this season last weekend, he said he played, "OK."

Just "OK"?

If you consider 14 tackles and a 28-yard touchdown run (he starts at fullback) "OK," then yes.

While Lucas hasn't spoke with North Carolina coach John Bunting, he has received feedback from Bunting by mail.

"I know they (UNC) are very interested," Lucas said. "I know Kory is mutually interested.

"As a person, a student athlete, you need to see at least one or two programs and not just make a decision on the first place you visit. Once he sees two or three programs he will be ready to decide."

Gedin said Bunting was a straight up guy when he talked to him.

"It seems like he knows what he is talking about," Gedin said. "He was telling me about the players he has played with, coached with and stuff like that."

Gedin is looking equally at academics and athletics.

After seeing the UNC campus this summer, Gedin said the Tar Heels have a very nice campus.

"People were friendly," Gedin said. "The football facilities were nice also. Top of the line it looked like."

But don't expect a verbal commitment anytime soon.

"All the decisions I make are with my family," he said. "I will likely decide near the end of my season, or even after the season."

Lucas' role in Gedin's decision will be to give him as much information as he can.

"As a coach you certainly try to steer him in the right direction," Lucas said. "But, more so, we want to give him all the info we can so he and his family can make a conscious decision."

Gedin, meanwhile, is a leader on the field, in addition to being a good student.

"He is a young man you love to have in your program," Lucas said. "He's a kid you want as a son, and as a role model. He is the ideal student athlete."

Gedin Stats
GPA: 3.35, SAT scored above 1100
BENCH: 360
SQUAT: 560 (has not maxed out lately)
40: 4.6
Other Sports: Throws shot and discus for his track team


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