In-State Sleeper Attends UNC Practice

After dropping by NC State in the morning, Dontez Tyler went to Chapel Hill on Wednesday afternoon to attend North Carolina's spring practice.

"It was wonderful," Tyler said of his UNC visit. "They really work hard during practice."

Tyler, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end, made the visit with Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County teammates D'zac Jordan and Petey Boone, and his head football coach, Scott Privott.

A couple of weekends ago, Tyler took his first visit to UNC, with his father. Unlike that visit, on Wednesday Tyler was able to watch the Tar Heels' practice.

"They do the stuff we do in high school, but at a different intensity and different pace," Tyler said.

Wednesday's visit also included meeting with Ken Browning, Tyler's area's recruiter.

"He mostly talked about grades," Tyler said. "He said just keep up my hard work and it will pay off. They want me to come to camp to evaluate me more [before offering]."

Tyler said he will accept the invitation and camp at UNC. He also plans to camp at Clemson, NC State, and Wake Forest.

Tyler has seen a sharp rise in his recruiting stock the past few weeks. Last week, he received his first scholarship offer when Maryland came through. He is also being heavily recruited by Duke, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, and West Virginia.

Tyler lists Clemson and UNC as his co-leaders.

"I've been liking both those schools my whole life," Tyler said.

Last season was Tyler's first starting for Hertford. He started at both defensive end and tight end and ended the season with 15 sacks and five interceptions.

Besides UNC and NC State, Tyler has also visited East Carolina. Tyler is scheduled to visit Maryland April 24. He also plans on setting up trips to Penn State and West Virginia.

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