Up Close: Kyndraus Guy

<I>Inside Carolina</i>'s Andy Britt continues to tour the countryside to visit each UNC football commitment. Today, he reports from Hope Mills, N.C. on lineman Kyndraus Guy.

HOPE MILLS – At 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, North Carolina football commitment Kyndraus Guy has never been mistaken for Ozzie Smith or Mary Lou Retton.

Yet at South View High School pep rallies last fall, Guy fueled the excitement by starting at one goalpost, and turning back flips out across the 50-yard line.

"When you weigh what he weighs…that's something else," South View head coach Randy Ledford said.

But gymnastics is not what offensive line coach Hal Hunter and the UNC coaches had in mind when they sought after Guy. The Tar Heels plan to first try him on the defensive line, although he has played solely on the offensive side of the ball for the past two years.

"Hal's a great guy; very up front and honest," Ledford said. "He has been one of the keys from the very beginning and I think Kyndraus liked that."

South View has relied heavily on its rushing attack in compiling a 23-5 record over the last two seasons. At least 75 percent of its 3,000-plus rushing yards in 2002 went over or behind Guy. The Tigers made it to the third round of the state 4-A playoffs each of the past two seasons, dropping third-round decisions to Richmond County (24-19) and New Bern (24-21), respectively.

Perhaps with a flare for the dramatic or simply wanting to take the time to make the right decision, Guy chose not to make his commitment public until the very end.

Although Guy had narrowed his list down to UNC, Maryland and Clemson several months earlier, he kept fans in suspense until just hours before Signing Day 2003 commenced.

After the process, Guy said that he knew all along that he would choose the Tar Heels.

"I felt comfortable with about my decision," Guy said. "My mom and I talked on and on about what was best for me and what I needed to do to get up there and be successful when I do go to Carolina."

"They sold him on Chapel Hill," Ledford said. "I really believe he had his mind made up long before, but he just wanted to wait. He's right on track with his G.P.A., and I think he's going to be OK in that regard."

The UNC coaching staff will likely try to utilize Guy's redshirt in 2003, while he gets stronger and learns a relatively new position. The weight he needs to gain should be a by-product of his maturation process.

The Tar Heels brought in 11 lineman types this past year, telling most they would at least get a chance to play defense. But surely some of them will have to be moved to offense as the Tar Heels look to establish a rushing attack and a return to the days of Tailback U. If that happens, Guy will have the tools and experience to make that re-adjustment back to his original offensive tackle position.

"I think he can do the things that they want him to do, because he is very quick and agile for his size," Ledford said. "He's going to have to get stronger. Of course, everybody that goes to college is going to have to do that. And if he's going to the defensive side of the ball, there are so many things he's going to have to learn how to do."

Stay tuned for Part II tomorrow…

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