Up Close: Kory Gedin, Part II

<I>IC</I> recruiting writer Andy Britt is touring the countryside to visit each and every UNC football commitment. Look for his unique two-part profiles all season long. Today -- the second installment on Kory Gedin.

WASHINGTON – According to Kory Gedin, the offer from the UNC coaching staff had been on the table since May 20; and his decision to play at Carolina was close to being made months ago.

But the privilege of being a coveted football recruit is only enjoyed by the best of the high school talent. Gedin earned everything he accomplished as a prep star, so he was certainly entitled to take his visits and savor the ride.

"The feeling of being wanted by everybody," Gedin said was the best thing about being recruited.

"I just didn't want to be to hasty."

Although, in his mind the Tar Heels led just about all the way, Gedin publicly listed Boston College as a strong contender.

"It was down to the two of them," Gedin said. "I just felt more comfortable at Carolina, and called and told Coach [Gary] Tranquill on Monday."

Gedin also entertained offers from Vanderbilt and Northwestern, but decided against their visits scheduled for Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, respectively.

"It just felt right," he said. "I can't point out one thing that made up my mind. It was just the whole situation [at UNC]. I am very happy with my decision."

Gonzaga head coach Kenny Lucas said Gedin is the only Division I prospect in this year's senior class. He was the centerpiece of a defense which held opponents to just 9.2 points per game en route to a undefeated season and a conference title.

"He's a smart young man," Lucas said. "As he continues to progress and move up the ladder, he's only going to get better."

There is no doubt the Tar Heels' recruiting machine has made significant strides amid some of the toughest scenarios. Signing Day 2003 (Feb. 5) now appears destined to be a day of celebration and smiling faces in the Kenan Football Center.

After the shocking and disappointing revelations of last year's events, and along with the resurgence of in-state recruiting rival N.C. State, North Carolina could be the program poised to make a final statement.

The UNC-State recruiting wars have turned savage since John Bunting and Chuck Amato have taken over the helm at their respective alma maters.

Gedin was the first of the Tar Heels recent onslaught of commitments to state their intentions this past weekend. From the start, the UNC coaches were not going to let him slip away.

"Gary Tranquill came up this past spring and initiated the contact," Lucas said. "Then Coach Bunting came up a couple of months ago personally, and we chatted a little bit along with James Webster. Before it was all said and done, Coach [Dave] Huxtable came up as well and made contact with several members of our staff."

Gedin's prep defensive numbers are those of statistical lore. However, several recruiting publications have had them listed incorrectly.

A recent investigation revealed that Gedin was actually credited with 140 tackles as a junior, and 62 tackles as a senior. Still miraculous figures, especially since he missed two games this past season with a knee injury.

Gedin then registered 24 tackles in two West Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) playoff games, demonstrating any health problems appear to be behind him.

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