Smith Will Take Official This Weekend

Despite the impending change at head coach, the North Carolina coaching staff is continuing with their recruiting efforts and scheduling official visits.

"I talked to Coach [Tommy] Thigpen about everything that's going on and I'm going to be going up there this weekend for my official visit," said Jonathan Smith, a Tar Heel commitment.

Smith, a 6-foot-2 195-pound athlete from Durham (N.C.) Hillside, did question Thigpen about the future of North Carolina's head coaching position.

"They want to get everything situated and just trying to see what coach they're going to get next," said Smith. "They're not trying to rush the process at all, because they're trying to get the best coach possible. They're just trying to get everything together right now."

With how things were going this season for the Tar Heels, Smith expected some adjustments to be made, but didn't think it would involve Bunting.

"I know North Carolina was having a rough season, so I knew they were going to make some changes, but I didn't know what changes they were going to make," said Smith. "I was hoping it wouldn't be as drastic as it was, but unfortunately, they had to make it happen.

"I thought they were going to give them another year or two, because they have a new offense going. It takes about two years for everybody on an offense to be on the same page. I didn't think that they would only give him such a short amount of time."

Regardless of who is coaching the team, Smith believes this recruiting class – if kept intact – will make a big impact on the program.

"In the class of '07 we have a lot of athletes to get a lot of things done," said Smith. "We've got some of the top players in the nation. We have Dwight Jones, Mike Paulus, Ryan Houston and a lot of other guys. I think that once we get everybody there, we can make things happen."

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