Signee Update: John Ferranto

Usually during the spring sports season, North Carolina signee John Ferranto is a part of Burlington Township (N.J.)'s track and field team, where he participates in the shot put and discus. This spring, though, he has opted to devote all of his time to preparing for his Tar Heel career.

"This year, I felt like I could better spend my time working out," Ferranto said. "Lifting-wise, I'm doing a mixture of my high school stuff and I'm incorporating things from [UNC's] workout book. But I stick pretty strictly to the running and conditioning to what North Carolina has.

"So far, so good. I feel the strongest and the fastest I've ever been."

Ferranto has also increased his weight to 280 pounds on his 6-foot-5 frame – ten pounds heavier than his senior football playing weight.

"I'm still trying to put on a little more, but the coaches told me not to worry about that – they'll do that when I get there," Ferranto said. "I'd like to be at 285 or close to 290, but I'm not too worried about that."

Now a signee, Ferranto's frequency of communication with UNC has changed.

"I give Coach Kap' [Chris Kapilovic] a call every couple of weeks," Ferranto said. "I'm just seeing how things are going.

"I talk to [Joe] Haydon when it comes to the college aspects to becoming a student at North Carolina."

Ferranto, who will enroll in the second summer semester, is eligible according to the NCAA Clearinghouse and has been officially accepted by UNC. His focus now, in terms of paperwork, is picking his summer courses and getting his medical information into UNC.

When he arrives, Ferranto plans to share a suite with fellow 2012 class members John Heck, Caleb Peterson, and Shakeel Rashad.

"Me, Jon Heck, and Caleb are pretty good friends now," Ferranto said. "We hang out when we're up there. When I was on my official visit, [Heck and Peterson] were the two guys that I hung out with, so we've formed a relationship. And I know Jon Heck's pretty good friends with Shakeel Rashad, so he has talked to him about us four rooming together."

Most recently, the quartet hung out in Chapel Hill a couple weekends back when Ferranto, Heck, and Peterson visited UNC for the Tar Heels' Spring Game. Rashad, who enrolled in the spring semester, has been on campus since January.

"Any time I get a chance to go down there, I always like to go down there," Ferranto said. "But also, I got a chance to go down there for the practice before [the Spring Game] to see what that is like. It was just to get a feel for what I was getting into. It was good to see the new style of offense."

Ferranto said he was impressed by everything he witnessed during the practice that Friday and the Spring Game the following day.

"First of all, I was impressed by the job that the coaches have done, because that's a completely different style of offense," Ferranto said. "I was impressed with how they've molded the current players into that system. At the practice, I got to see how intense Coach Kap' was as a coach."

Although he hasn't been told officially by the current staff, Ferranto expects to be red-shirted during his freshman season.

"The former coaching staff said I would probably red-shirt," Ferranto said. "So that's what I'm expecting, but I'm just going to go in and see what happens."

Ferranto hasn't discussed jersey numbers with anyone from UNC.

"My high school number was 78 and I know Landon Turner is wearing that," Ferranto said. "It really doesn't matter what they stick me with."

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