Process Weighing on Bodine

Rumors have begun to circulate that Russell Bodine is considering verbally committing to North Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound offensive lineman addressed those rumors.

"Yes and no," Bodine said in response to the validity of those rumors. "I've definitely thought about [committing]."

The pressures of recruiting are getting to Bodine, a Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy product.

"The other day, I got about five or six phone calls in one night and I was just like ‘Wow, I'm ready for this to be over with,'" Bodine said. "That's what's putting the clock on [a decision] – [I would like] to get all the recruiting stuff over with."

Moreover, Bodine readily admits UNC is a strong contender, but won't go any further.

"They're definitely up there," Bodine said. "I wouldn't say they're my favorite, [because] I've got three or four that are pretty much equal. There's not really one that sticks out."

In addition to UNC - which is recruiting him to play center - Bodine is favoring Virginia and Virginia Tech. Also, he says he's "curious" about Vanderbilt.

Bodine is looking to make a verbal commitment within the next couple of months.

"I don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet," Bodine said. "I'm probably going to make a decision in June – early July, at the latest."

Before committing, Bodine and his parents would like to take a few recruiting trips. They will hit the road shortly after Bodine's school year ends on May 23.

"My mom hasn't been to North Carolina, yet, and they're one of my favorites so she wants to go down there," Bodine said. "And maybe [I'll visit] Boston College – they just came back into the picture again… Maybe [I'll visit] Northwestern, and maybe Rutgers."

Bodine has visited UNC for its junior day and Virginia Tech for its spring game.

In choosing a school, Bodine is looking for the most complete college, with an emphasis on education.

"[I'll focus on] the atmosphere, being in a college town, obviously good football, and good academics, too," Bodine said.

"Obviously everybody wants to play in the NFL – that's great, but that doesn't happen to everybody. If I don't make it [to the NFL], I definitely don't want to struggle when looking for a job. I want to be able to have a pretty good academic school with connections."

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