Prior Ties Give Heels Edge for Lynn

If the old adage "Recruiting is about relationships" is true, North Carolina got a good head start in the Gabe Lynn sweepstakes.

During his tenure at Nebraska, John Blake recruited Lynn's brother, Phillip Dillard, a four-star linebacker. Dillard eventually signed with Nebraska, becoming one of the major pieces to the Huskers' impressive 2005 class.

"I knew him before he was at North Carolina and before Nebraska," Lynn said. "He has actually kept in touch with my family. He and my dad are friends and they kept in touch. They knew each other before he recruited my brother and they just have been keeping in touch."

Lynn, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound cornerback from Jenks (Okla.) and four-star prospect, says Blake provides UNC with an unmatched edge.

"It does [work in UNC's favor]," Lynn said," because I know Coach Blake real well. My family knows him real well and they can trust him. He's somebody we've already been through the recruiting process with. So we know him real well and that definitely helps out North Carolina."

Lynn goes on to say that his relationship with Blake is "as close as you can have."

"I can call him any second and he'd answer," Lynn said. "He's like a family member.

"[When we talk] he just asks me how life is and just what's going on. Lately, he's been recruiting me hard. But besides that, he knows me pretty well, so it's just normal talk."

Also, Blake has mentioned the early playing opportunity UNC offers.

"He just says he wants me to come in there and he thinks I can play as a freshman," Lynn said. "He just told me they are real thin, very thin [at cornerback]. He just said there's not a doubt in his mind that I could come in and play."

Regardless, Lynn isn't prepared to name any favorites.

"I don't have any favorites yet, I'm completely wide open," Lynn said. "As of right now, I'm just hearing from different schools everyday; especially lately, recruiting has been picking up real fast. I'm still just open. I don't have any favorites yet."

Before the start of his senior football season, Lynn hopes to have a better hold on his recruitment, whether it be a solid list of finalists or a verbal commitment announcement.

"I want to find a school where I get along with my position coach, it just feels like home, and I place where I can play early," Lynn said.

Lynn says he has approximately 30 scholarship offers. Nebraska and UNC were the first two schools to extend an offer back on September 1st – the first day a prospect can receive an offer.

In February, Lynn made his first visit to UNC when he attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day.

"I liked it a lot," Lynn said. "It was a real beautiful campus and all the coaches seem extremely nice and personable. The players seem to get along great. It was just a great experience overall."

Lynn's family accompanied him on the trip.

"North Carolina was a big trip so we thought it would be good to bring my family," Lynn said. "It's definitely a school I'm considering and my family wanted to get a chance to get down there and see it."

Lynn has also unofficially visited Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Outside of his UNC visit, Nebraska is the only trip that Lynn's family has traveled with him – and that was mostly to support his brother during the Cornhuskers' Spring Game.

Although no future travel plans have been established, Lynn figures to unofficially visit Florida, Miami, USC, and Tennessee during the spring and summer months.

This fall, Lynn will be a three-year starter at cornerback for Jenks. He ended his junior season with five interceptions, 52 tackles, and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns.

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