"Darius is a good player and a very aggressive player," Prunty said. "He has become a great pass rusher. He's only gotten bigger, stronger and faster since he enrolled here."
The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder participated in Hargrave's 2005 Combine in December, and impressed a number of scouts with a 4.74 time in the 40-yard dash.
Massenburg's enrollment at Hargrave was based on a need to improve his academic standing, and Prunty confirmed that his student-athlete has performed well enough in the classroom to begin thinking about joining the Tar Heels this summer.
"Everything is on track for Darius to qualify," Prunty said.
While a student at Roanoke Rapids High School, Massenburg was named first-team all-state in 2004 by the Associated Press after a senior season in which he had 68 tackles, seven sacks, four blocked punts, one interception and two fumble recoveries. He was ranked the No. 15 prospect in N.C. in 2005 by Scout.com, which also currently has him ranked as the No. 40 defensive end prospect nationally.