UNC Joins Giddins' Leaderboard

Add Ryne Giddins' name to the list of recruits that have come away impressed by an unofficial visit this summer to North Carolina.

"It is a great school, I really liked it a lot," Giddins said. "They have an awesome coaching staff – most of their coaching staff coached in the NFL."

Giddins, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound defensive end, visited UNC with his Seffner (Fla.) Armwood teammates Angelo Hadley and Mywan Jackson over the weekend.

"It surprised me," Giddins said. "I didn't think I would like it as much as I did."

The visit surprised him so much that UNC has pushed itself into Giddins' favorites list.

"It put a dent on [my favorites list]," Giddins said. "North Carolina was not one of my favorite schools until I visited there. They're on my ‘to-do' list now."

Also found on Giddins' ‘to-do' list is Auburn, Clemson, South Florida, and USC. He says he doesn't have a leader and that he likes the members of his ‘to-do' list equally.

"I like their coaching staffs," Giddins said. "That's what I like about those [aforementioned] schools."

Each of the members of his list has extended Giddins a scholarship offer. His scholarship offer total has reached uncounted heights and also includes the likes of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Tennessee.

Giddins plans to take official visits to all five members of his ‘to-do' list. He's looking to schedule as many of his official visits during the season as he can, and then make a verbal commitment shortly after the football season.

"[I'm looking for] a school that's going to put me into the next level [athletically] and education-wise put me to the next level – get my degree and everything like that," Giddins said.

Giddins and his Armwood teammates arrived in Chapel Hill last Thursday evening and headed home Saturday morning. Their stay included hanging out with the coaching staff, meeting academic advisors, and touring the campus.

The Armwood trio also spent a great deal of time with current UNC players.

"We hung around their dorms," Giddins said. "We played video games and chilled with them."

Although he is being recruited by Everett Withers, Giddins' time was monopolized by John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

"He's an awesome coach," Giddins said. "[He talked] about how he can change me into being NFL bound, and he's not on college level – he teaches NFL stuff, and getting my head right."

This fall Giddins will be a three-year starter for Armwood. As a junior, he set the school record for sacks in a season (21). He also collected 98 tackles.

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