Ferranto Monitoring UNC Situation

The dismissal of Butch Davis late last week hasn't changed the status of John Ferranto's verbal commitment.

"Obviously, like everybody else, I was definitely shocked, especially with the timing of how everything went down," Ferranto said. "But when I went down for my visits, I got to speak to Coach Davis for a couple hours, but we didn't have that close of a relationship. It would have been really cool to be coached by him [and] I'm kind of upset that he's not there, but he wasn't the whole reason I chose UNC."

With that, Ferranto, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle from Burlington (N.J.) Township, still considers himself a UNC commitment.

"I talked to [Davis] for a little bit [during my two visits to the campus], but we didn't have a strong relationship as me and Coach [Sam] Pittman or Coach [Allen] Mogridge," Ferranto said.

Since the news broke, Ferranto has had conversations with Pittman and Mogridge.

"They just told me a couple of different things," Ferranto said. "They're excited to get their season started so that they could put this behind them and try to get the interim tag removed from Coach [Everett] Withers's [title] and continue to build on the success with the football team."

During his two visits to UNC, Ferranto didn't receive an opportunity to meet Withers.

"I had a chance to watch his press conference and I just liked his attitude with how he's taking it and how he's not going to change much, but he's going to do it Coach Withers's way," Ferranto said. "I feel his confidence will be good. I can't wait for my chance to talk with him."

Ferranto plans to return to UNC for one of the early football games this season. He's eyeing the season opener against James Madison or Rutgers the following week.

As planned when he originally committed to UNC less than a month ago, Ferranto doesn't expect to visit other schools, but he's definitely going to keep an eye on the situation.

"Everything is firm [with my commitment], but it could change depending on what type of season they have," Ferranto said. "I'm not shutting off all options, but I'm definitely committed to UNC as of right now. These next couple of months are going to be big, so I'm going to sit back and see what happens. If I feel like the situation is getting too out of hand, I'm going to start to take a look [elsewhere]. But as of right now, I feel like there's no reason for me to do that."

When he committed to UNC, Ferranto had collected Division I-A scholarship offers from Connecticut, Temple, and Tulane. However, several other schools, including in-state Rutgers, had shown interest.

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