Teammates Choose Carolina

Smithfield-Selma (N.C.) teammates Justin Dixon and D.J. Bunn verbally committed to North Carolina while attending the Tar Heels' Junior Day Saturday.

"We wanted to play together in college," Bunn said. "We'll probably room together [in college]."

Bunn, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound athlete, will continue a legacy. His father played football at UNC from 1979 to 1981.

"It was a family thing," Bunn said. "I just love the Carolina Blue – I guess."

Bunn's love for UNC rubbed off on his best friend Dixon, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker.

"My homeboy D.J., he's a big Carolina fan and I'm always around him," Dixon said. "So I started to really like Carolina. I've watched them a lot on TV."

Tommy Thigpen recruited both Dixon and Bunn for UNC.

Before Saturday, Dixon had already been offered a scholarship by UNC, but Bunn had not. However, Thigpen had dropped hints about a possible offer.

"He told me he had good news for me when I came by," Bunn said.

East Carolina had also offered Dixon. UNC is Bunn's lone offer, but he was receiving strong interest from ECU and NC State.

Bunn says his commitment is firm, but Dixon might not be ready to completely close his recruitment.

"I will check out some other schools, if they come to me," Dixon said. "I'll check them out, but I'm firm."

Dixon ended his junior season with 165 tackles and an interception. He also rushed for 1,622 yards and 19 touchdowns.

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