Bunting Wins McCoy Back

Apparently North Carolina head football coach John Bunting has been making strides on more than just the gridiron. In addition to leading the Tar Heels to a surprising six-win season and bowl eligibility, Bunting now has UNC in the hunt for some of the top talent along the east coast.

After falling off the radar over the summer, the Tar Heels are now in the final four for Scout.com four-star linebacker Rico McCoy of Washington [D.C.] St. John's Episcopal. McCoy allocates much of North Carolina's comeback to Bunting himself.

"I just been talking to Coach Bunting," explained McCoy. "Just some of the stuff I have been hearing about them and they're a program on the rise. He [Bunting] would be helping out coaching me and he has a great resume.

"He's coached some great NFL players. He's done it in the NFL - why can't he do it in college? That's how I feel about it. He's coached Derrick Thomas and a couple more All-Pro guys from the NFL, so that's definitely impressive. He said he could do all those things down here at the college level and I think that's cool."

McCoy, who has set up an official visit to Chapel Hill on January 21st, is also considering Ohio State (December 3rd), Pittsburgh (November 24th) and Tennessee (December 10th). Some might question the Tar Heels' chances, but McCoy states UNC is just as much in it as the others and assures that he will not verbally commit to any school until after his visit to North Carolina.

"They're in it, they're definitely in it right now," remarked McCoy. "Just know that. I'm going to see how this visit goes."

McCoy's season recently concluded with St. John's Episcopal just falling short of a state championship. For his part in their success, the postseason honors have begun to pour in for McCoy. McCoy has earned first team all-league, and made the touchdown club for the metropolitan area (top 40 players in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia).

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