Up Close: Kyndraus Guy, Part II

<i>Inside Carolina</i>'s Andy Britt spent the past season traveling to each and every North Carolina commitment. Today -- the second installment from Hope Mills on lineman Kyndraus Guy.

HOPE MILLS – North Carolina football commitment Kyndraus Guy does not believe that acclimating himself to college football will be nearly as difficult as adjusting to life on his own.

His mother Kitty Patterson has been the strongest influence in his life – someone he has relied on through the tough domestic times that permeated his childhood.

"In my 18 years here on earth, there have been different things to overcome – many things that I didn't have any control over," Guy said. "We had to move from house-to-house just about every six months.

"I've never been on my own before," he said. "I've always had my mother and my coach to back me up.

"Becoming more responsible…that's the main thing I will have to learn."

Guy said he is anticipating the life change he is about to encounter. It is understandable why he used up nearly every hour making the biggest decision to date concerning his own future – choosing UNC over other schools such as Maryland and Clemson.

What appeared to be an unsettling indifference was not the case at all Guy said, "It was the only time I would go through something like that. I just wanted to make it a memorable experience."

Guy got to know several Carolina commits at the 2002 Shrine Bowl, where he started at offensive guard. From that point on, many close to the UNC program believed, perhaps even before Guy did, that he would join the Tar Heels.

"The people that I met and talked to, they were nice and real cool," Guy said. "I have a good opportunity to come in and play for a football team that has a good chance of going somewhere.

"Every school has that chance, but I like Carolina's chances a little bit better."

Academically and athletically, Guy feels he has made the right choice. He believes the confidence he enjoys on the football field will impact him as he strives to become an independent adult.

"I've got an opportunity to get a good education and do what I want to do," Guy said.

Guy is also anxious to get into the UNC weight room and begin training with Jeff Connors and his staff. He needs to add weight and strength, while maintaining his explosiveness off the line.

"His biggest asset is his quickness," South View head coach Randy Ledford said. "He gets off of the football so quick, it would look like he was offsides. We would then go and look at the film slowed down, and he was moving when the ball was moving."

Guy is a consensus Top 25 N.C. prospect – ranked No. 11 by SuperPrep and No. 12 by The Insiders. The UNC coaches don't put much stock into a player's ranking by the recruiting media, but the fans' expectations are already high on Guy's potential for success.

"I plan to give it all that I've got," Guy said. "I haven't talked to any coaches lately, but they expect me to work just as hard as they expect everybody else to.

"We're going to win a championship now; that's what we're going to strive for."

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