Change Won't Alter Carter's Path

Bruce Carter, a holdover from the 2006 recruiting class with plans to enroll in January, was informed this week that his enrollment schedule will not be impacted by the coaching change.

"I spoke to Coach Tommy Thigpen, he called me [Wednesday]," said Carter. "He said everything is going to be good for me to come up there and stuff. So it really doesn't affect me. He's just keeping me in the loop."

Carter, a 6-foot-3 205-pound athlete from Havelock (N.C.), signed a Letter of Intent with North Carolina in February, but was grey shirted after having arthroscopic knee surgery.

When Carter heard the news of the coaching change Sunday night, it caught him off guard.

"I guess it came to me as a surprise, because I don't really think it was his fault," said Carter. "I think that they had a lot of problems with the players, being how they redshirted a lot of players and lost a lot of players throughout the season. I think the whole situation was just bad timing."

In an attempt to look at a bad situation in a good light, Carter sees the coaching change as a new beginning for the football program. Additionally, he feels like he's walking into a situation with plenty of open opportunities.

"I'm looking at the situation as if Carolina is starting over – trying to start fresh, trying to compete," said Carter. "I guess what will happen is the new coach will start us over on a clean slate and try to get the program back on the up-rise."

Currently, Carter is still attending classes at Craven Community College and working out at a local gym.

"Everything's going good," said Carter. "I'm still lifting – getting stronger, and going to classes every morning."

Carter said he will enroll at UNC on January 5th. His knee is 100-percent and he's more than likely coming into the program as a linebacker.

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