Ingram Sticking with UNC

North Carolina commitment Fonterrian Ingram was disappointed in North Carolina's decision to relieve John Bunting of his head coaching duties, but it won't change his college plans.

"It felt like a nightmare," said Ingram. "When I heard it, it went in one ear and went out the other. But then we got off the phone, it started marinating, sitting in my head."

Ingram, a 5-foot-10 185-pound safety from Atlanta (Ga.) McNair, found out the news from his recruiting coordinator, Tommy Thigpen.

"Coach Thigpen called Sunday night and he told me that Coach Bunting would not coach the year that I would come over there," said Ingram. "He asked me if I'm going to still come [and] have I opened up my options. He was telling me not to give up on them [and] that Carolina is still the best school in the country."

In response to Thigpen's questions, Ingram's loyalty shined through.

"I told him that I'm going to stick with Carolina," said Ingram. "It's the school I'm most interested in and where I want to go."

Fellow Tar Heel commitment and friend Danorris Searcy shares the same sentiment.

"Searcy, I talked to him [about the situation]," said Ingram. "Me and him feel the same way. Me and him were both shocked. He's going to stick with me, too, [and stick with North Carolina]."

Searcy and Ingram actually played head-to-head a few weeks back when their two teams met for a conference match-up, though they didn't collide on the field.

"It was just a backyard brawl," said Ingram. "It felt kind of strange. After the game, he said ‘That was our last time playing against each other, we're teammates now.' I was like ‘Yeah, you're right.'"

Though projected to play in the defensive backfield in college, Ingram is the featured tailback on offense for McNair and sees very little time on defense.

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