"I'm extremely excited to have these five student-athletes join us for the spring semester," said Bunting. "It's a great opportunity for these players to get an early start on their academic careers at UNC, while also participating in our off-season conditioning program. They also will get the added experience of 15 spring practices. I have high expectations for all of these young men to earn their degree from Carolina and contribute on the field this fall." Hunter was one of the top players in North Carolina as a senior at East Wake High School in Wendell, N.C. He was ranked among the top five players in the state by The Charlotte Observer, SuperPrep and The Insiders. A member of the East-West Shrine Bowl game in 2002, Hunter played at the same high school that produced former Carolina All-America and current Dallas Cowboys standout Greg Ellis. He attended Hargrave for one semester.
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Mitchell started on the defensive line at Hargrave and was a defensive end and tight end at First Colonial High School. He played only two years of high school before attending Hargrave where he became a highly sought after prospect.
Sensabaugh and Brumett both played three years for ETSU and will be eligible for their senior seasons in 2004. Sensabaugh was named to The Sports Network I-AA All-America team in 2003 after posting 74 tackles, two tackles for losses, two sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He was second on the team with eight pass breakups and led the team with five blocked kicks. A native of Kingsport, Tenn., Sensabaugh was a three-year starter for ETSU and a two-time All-Southern Conference selection.
Brumett played linebacker at ETSU for three seasons, but is expected to play tight end at Carolina. In his junior season, the Pioneer, Tenn., native had 64 tackles, nine tackles for losses and one sack.
2004 Tar Heel Spring Newcomers
6-4, 245, Defensive Lineman
Wendell, N.C. (East Wake)
Played one semester at Hargrave Military Academy and helped lead the team to an 8-1 record * Named the No. 3 player in North Carolina by The Insiders *Ranked No. 4 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep *Named the No. 5 player in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer * Played at the same high school that produced former Carolina All-America and current Dallas Cowboys standout Greg Ellis * Member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl Team in 2002 * PrepStar All-Region selection * Coached by Jimmie Williams at East Wake and Robert Prunty at Hargrave * Started since his sophomore season in high school * Helped lead his team to a 13-2 record as a senior *Recorded 110 solo tackles, 15 sacks and 29 tackles for losses in his final season at East Wake * Had 62 tackles and 8.5 sacks as a junior * Son of Sharon and Terry Hunter Jr. * Born February 15, 1985.
6-6, 285, Defensive Lineman
Virginia Beach, Va. (First Colonial)
Started on the defensive line at Hargrave Military Academy and helped lead the team to an 8-1 record * Started at defensive end and tight end at First Colonial High School *Also played fullback, rushing for 68 yards on eight carries as a senior *Played football for just two seasons after moving to Virginia from New Jersey * Also competed in the shot put and discus in track and field * Coached by Sam Scarborough at First Colonial and Robert Prunty at Hargrave * Son of Denise Mitchell and Dalton Bramuell * Born April 7, 1985.
6-2, 210, Safety
Kingsport, Tenn. (ETSU/Dobyns-Bennett)
Started three years at ETSU at safety * Two-time first-team All-Southern Conference selection * Named third-team I-AA All-America by The Sports Network * Finished fourth on the team as a junior with 74 tackles, had two tackles for losses, two sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery * Broke up eight passes and had a team-high five blocked kicks * Tied an NCAA record with three blocked punts against Georgia Southern * Started all 11 games as a sophomore and freshmen * Made 56 tackles, one interception, three pass breakups and four fumble recoveries as a sophomore * Picked off two passes as a freshman * Son of Gerald and Denise Sensabaugh * Born June 13, 1983.
6-5, 255, Tight End
Pioneer, Tenn. (ETSU/Scott County)
Three-year starter at linebacker at East Tennessee after redshirting in 2000 * Expected to play tight end at UNC * Compiled 64 tackles, 9.5 tackles for losses and on sack as a junior * Made 94 tackles in 2002, which ranked seventh in the Southern Conference * Recorded four tackles for loss, three pass breakups, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery * Had a career-high 18 tackles against Wofford * Started five games as a redshirt freshman in 2001 * Finished the season with 49 stops in 10 games * Picked off one pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown * Was seventh on the team in tackles * Son of Ted and Kathy Brumett * Born February 2, 1982.
6-1, 195, Tailback
Germantown, Md. (Seneca Valley)
Early freshman signee who will enroll at North Carolina in January and participate in spring drills in March * Played tailback at Seneca Valley High School * Named second-team All-Metro Team at tailback.