UNC Makes Strong Impression on Lynn

Gabe Lynn returned to North Carolina over the weekend to meet and work out with defensive coordinator/secondary coach Everett Withers, who wasn't a part of the staff when the 6-foot, 179-pound cornerback from Jenks (Okla.) visited in March.

"Everything went real good," Lynn said. "I had a real great time down there."

"This time I got to meet and be coached by Coach Withers. So that was a great opportunity since he'll be the one coaching me [if I end up at UNC]."

Outside of UNC, Lynn has unofficially visited Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State.

Lynn says he's open to all schools, but when he narrows his list of approximately 30 scholarship offers to a more manageable number in late July, UNC "will make" the cut.

"As far as visiting camp, that was the best camp I've been to and the best visit I've been on so far," Lynn said. "The campus was beautiful, I got to hang out with the players – they're the coolest group of guys you're going to meet, I had a lot of fun with them – and everything just went right."

Lynn will unofficially visit LSU on July 21. He is also considering making a trip to Texas, who recently began to recruit him, before his LSU trip.

"I've got a good idea for my top five, but I want to visit LSU and I'll have a top five or top three," Lynn said.

Accompanied by his father, Lynn arrived in Chapel Hill on Friday. Throughout their stay, the Lynns received the royal treatment from primary recruiter John Blake.

"They treated me real good," Lynn said. "That's just how Coach Blake is, though: when he wants you he's going to get you no matter who you are... Plus, I've known Coach Blake for a while – he's like family to me."

Lynn also spent a great deal of time building a relationship with Withers.

"We just talked about the great chance to come in and play early there," Lynn said. "He was just telling me about some of the guys he coached in the past like Nathan Vasher, Quentin Jammer, Sam Madison, and Samri Rolle – guys he coached in the NFL. He was just telling me how he thinks I could be one of those type of guys if I worked hard."

Lynn participated in all three sessions of the one-day camp, working out under the guidance of Withers. For much of the final session, Lynn worked with Withers one-on-one.

"It was a great opportunity," Lynn said. "He knows a lot of stuff. He coached in the pros for a while. He was just showing me some real good technique-like stuff I need to work on when I'm coming out of my break. It helped me a lot. It's going to help me in my final year of high school [football]."

Judging by Lynn's critical factors, UNC is now in a strong position.

"Right now, my position coach is a huge factor," Lynn said. "I'm looking for the possibility for early playing time – but if I doesn't come, it doesn't come – and somewhere I feel real comfortable.

"I got that feeling [of comfort] from North Carolina – it was like a home away from home. It was far away, but still I felt good about it."

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