UNC in the Mix for Dyer

For all its recruiting coups, North Carolina's coaching staff has yet to truly outduel the SEC powers for an elite prospect on their home turf. They'll attempt to do so with Michael Dyer, the No. 26 prospect in the nation – fourth at his position.

"Anything is possible right now," Dyer said. "I'm open to anything."

Dyer, a 5-foot-9, 201-pound tailback from Little Rock (Ark.) Christian, has collected nearly 20 scholarship offers. Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, UNC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Tennessee highlight his list of offering schools.

Although he doesn't claim any true favorites, Dyer admits that all of the schools he has visited thus far – Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU, and Tulsa – stick out in his mind.

"I've been to them so I've been able to get a feel for them," Dyer said. "But I really wouldn't say I have any favorite schools – just the ones I've been to visit are the ones I'm enjoying right now, because I've gotten to see the campus."

This summer, Dyer plans to take many more visits. No plans have been set, but likely destinations include Florida, LSU, UNC, Notre Dame, and Southern Cal.

"Right now I'm just looking at the schools and getting to know the coaches," Dyer said.

Before his senior football season kicks off, Dyer plans to narrow his list of options to a more manageable seven schools.

"[Seven] seems like a good number to bring it down to," Dyer said.

Dyer says Auburn and Oklahoma are locks to make that cut to seven.

"They're both like home and I've gotten to know their coaches," Dyer said. "I really enjoyed my time [at each school]. I know that the offenses are a great fit for me.

"Oklahoma is losing two running backs; so they're wide open for running backs so that's pretty good."

Although he admits he doesn't know as much about UNC as other schools, Dyer says the Tar Heels are "up there" on his list.

A few weeks ago, Dyer spoke to a UNC coach over the phone and receives mail from UNC daily.

"I've been hearing about the offense and the program. I hear they have a good running game. I'm interested because of how they use their running backs."

Dyer says he'll wait until Signing Day to announce his collegiate destination.

"My deciding factors will probably be the coaches and how long they plan on staying there, the system, and what sort of opportunity I would have with the team," Dyer said.

A three-year starter, Dyer broke out as a sophomore, rushing for 2,710 yards and 28 touchdowns on 279 carries. In three less games, he accumulated 1,984 yards and 19 touchdowns on 242 rushes as a junior.

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