Up Close: Dion Guy

Of the 18 signees that comprise North Carolina's 2008 recruiting class, few -- if any -- have slipped under the radar more so than Washington D.C. native Dion Guy. So Inside Carolina traveled to Woodson High School for an interview and photo shoot with the future Tar Heel.

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Upon his arrival as a sophomore at Woodson High School, Dion Guy was thrust into the starting line-up – at strong safety. A growth spurt during the season forced the Woodson coaching staff to move Guy closer to the line.

"I got too big for the strong safety spot – too tall," Guy said. "So they moved me to linebacker later on that season."

Guy, who is now 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, transferred from Heritage High School, where he played defensive end, following his freshman year.

"My father, he lived up here, and I guess my family felt it was a better choice [to attend Woodson] – for the opportunities," Guy said.

Eddie McGee, who is currently backing up Juice Williams at Illinois, led Woodson to a playoff berth during Guy's sophomore season. However, the Warriors were eliminated by a very talented Dunbar team in the semifinals.

With some middle linebacker experience under his belt, Guy ended his junior season with 82 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions.

"He's a very hardnosed football player," Woodson head football coach Greg Fuller said. "He plays the field very well and makes good plays. He's a solid football player. He has a knack for the ball and plays with a lot of quickness and agility. He plays the ball very well. He makes good tackles, makes big plays."

After dropping the first three games of the 2007 season, Woodson went on a seven-game win streak to end the regular season.

"Day-by-day, I saw everyone progress at practice," Guy said. "Everyone matured."

Although Woodson's roster also included Illinois signees Evan Frierson and Tavon Wilson, and Kent State signee Josh Stover, Guy was looked upon as the glue that brought the talented team together.

"Coach Fuller really looked at me as a leader," Guy said. "I was a captain, so the underclassmen really looked up at me."

Woodson went on to defeat Coolidge in the semifinals, which landed them in the 38th Annual DCIAA Turkey Bowl, Washington D.C.'s version of a city championship. The Warriors lost to Dunbar, again, despite Guy's recorded safety and eight tackles.

Guy, who was named to the All-Metro Team by the Washington Post as an honorable mention, ended the season with 103 tackles including seven sacks, four interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He returned one interception for a touchdown.

Right before the winter break, Guy fielded a phone call from Tommy Thigpen, North Carolina's area recruiter.

"He said he liked my highlight tape and liked my size," Guy said. "He didn't offer, but he said the chances were good."

Guy was formally offered a UNC scholarship almost a month later when Chuck Pagano, then UNC's defensive coordinator, visited Woodson High School. Pagano also invited Guy to officially visit UNC.

Before ending his UNC official visit, Guy informed Butch Davis of his intentions of becoming a Tar Heel. A day after returning home, Guy, who had also officially visited Kent State and Ohio, formally committed to Thigpen.

"They made me feel at home," Guy said. "My host, Marvin [Austin], really showed me the place and stuff, and showed me what a great opportunity I have there. He made me feel real comfortable. And the coaching staff made me feel real comfortable."

Guy, who won't turn 18 until after the 2008 season begins, will come into UNC as a linebacker, but the staff won't be caught off guard by another growth spurt, as he's expected to grow into the defensive end position.

"They said I'm being brought in as a linebacker first," Guy said. "If I get too big, then they'll move me to end."

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