N.J. lineman impressed by Bunting

The North Carolina football staff has found recruiting success outside the state in the last couple years. John Bunting and Co. have been focusing hard on the Mid-Atlantic, including one of the best linemen in the nation from one of the best prep programs in the country -- Don Bosco Prep's Brian Roche.

The head coach made quite a first impression on Roche's unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

"During my visit I met most of the coaches down there," remarked Roche. "I spent a lot of time talking to Coach [James] Webster, who is recruiting my area. I spoke to Coach Bunting for about 45 minutes and meeting with him was what put them in as one of my top schools."

Roche, who has received about 30 offers to date, claims no favorites, but admits North Carolina is a school he is looking into. This wasn't always the case.

"To tell you the truth they really weren't on my list so much," stated Roche in regards to the Heels. "They verbally offered me and wanted me to make a stop down there. I went down to look at it and I just loved the place."

Although the campus's look was what initially made Roche feel at home, it was the connection he made with Bunting that placed them so highly on his list. Roche said Bunting is what he is looking for in a head coach.

"First of all you could tell that the guy just loves football, he just loves to get on the field and have fun," commented Roche. "He was just a good guy, you wouldn't have been able to tell that he was a football coach unless he was talking about football. You can tell he wants to make it fun for his players, but you can also tell from him that when he gets on the field he gets after it. That is the kind of mix I'm looking for in a coach."

On his way to helping nationally ranked Don Bosco Prep win New Jersey's Parochial 4 Title with an 11-0 record, Roche recorded 46 pancake blocks including 10 in the championship game. Roche also graded out at 95 percent in blocking efficiency.

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