Signee Update: D.J. Bunn

As the spring sports season draws to a conclusion, Smithfield (N.C.) Smithfield-Selma's 4x100 relay team, which is anchored by North Carolina signee D.J. Bunn and 2010 football prospect Josh Snead, has high expectations.

"Our relay team [is] ranked No. 5 in the state so far," Bunn said. "So when states come around, we're hoping to get a ring for our 4x100 relay team."

The road to the NCHSAA 4A State Championship Meet starts Thursday with the Greater Neuse River Conference Championship Meet and will continue next week with the NCHSAA East Regional Meet.

Additionally, Bunn will compete in the 100- and 200-meter dash, where his best times are 10.61 and 22.2 seconds, respectfully.

"In the individual events, we have good competition coming in," Bunn said. "In the 100, I believe I could do pretty well. And the 4x100 relay, I believe we can get first in the regionals."

During the winter sports season, Bunn ran the 55-meter dash for Smithfield-Selma's indoor track team. His personal best time was 6.54 seconds.

Although his track season holds precedence, Bunn has followed the workout regimen Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, sent him as much as possible.

"I still have weight lifting two times a day for classes," Bunn said. "So I'm still working out everyday. But I have been trying to follow the workout that they gave us."

UNC has asked Bunn to have his weight in the 195-200-pound range. He's currently up to 200 pounds.

Since signing with UNC in February, Bunn communicates exclusively with John Shoop, his area recruiter.

"I haven't really talked to Coach [Everett] Withers," Bunn said. "I try to call him, but I guess he's been busy with practicing and stuff like that."

Shoop and Bunn speak every couple of weeks.

"He just tells me to stay focused, finish the year strong, and we've talked about taking the SAT again," Bunn said.

Bunn is still working towards becoming academically qualified.

"When I talked to them, they said I'm real, real close to qualifying," Bunn said.

Bunn took the SAT this past Saturday and will receive the results later this month. If he doesn't receive his required score, he will take the SAT again on June 6.

For precautionary reasons, UNC has gotten Bunn in contact with Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy's head football coach, Robert Prunty.

"I talked to him once," Bunn said. "He just wants to get to know me… He asked me what position I played and what position did I feel more comfortable with."

At Smithfield-Selma, Bunn played wingback, cornerback, and safety. He'd likely play safety at Hargrave.

Bunn would obviously prefer to spend this fall in Chapel Hill, as opposed to Chatham, Va. However, he recognizes the benefits of prepping a semester.

"I think it would be a good thing [to] go ahead and get used to it," Bunn said. "If I'm playing corner [at UNC], there's a possibility that I might red-shirt. So if I do go to Hargrave, I will probably still be playing at the same time, so that would give me one more extra year to get ready - academics and football wise."

Fellow UNC signee and former Smithfield-Selma teammate Justin Dixon is in a similar academic situation.

"We haven't really talked about it," Bunn said. "It would be good to know somebody there [at Hargrave]. We can just work out together and get our schoolwork [in order] together."

If Bunn becomes qualified, he'll arrive on campus in mid-June.

Bunn is hoping to wear No. 4, his high school number, during his UNC career.

"I used to wear No. 24, but I switched to No. 4 to symbolize that I play all four quarters," Bunn said.

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