Other than some minor contemplating when Butch Davis was dismissed, Ferranto, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive tackle from Burlington (N.J.) Township, has never wavered on the verbal commitment he made to UNC in early July.
"When I committed, my parents and I talked about it and we knew that it could be a little shaky and things could happen," Ferranto said. "It was hard, though, because other schools were still trying to contact me. It was hard to stay committed, but once we knew Coach [Larry] Fedora was going to be the head coach and we got to know him, we knew that we were in a good situation."
Ferranto admits that Chris Kapilovic, his future position coach, played a big part in his decision to maintain his commitment.
"Coach [Sam] Pittman was one of the reasons I committed and he was the offensive line coach so I was excited to be coached under him," Ferranto said. "Once I met Coach Kap' and I got to see what he was like, I was very excited. I know he's a person that I'll be able to play under. That's pretty much what solidified everything for me."
Kapilovic hasn't made Ferranto any promises about playing time.
"We haven't really gone over when I will get on the field exactly," Ferranto said. "I'll come in as a tackle on the side they need first – [right or left]. I'm just going to work hard and see where that puts me."
Ferranto says he's qualified according to the NCAA Clearinghouse.