Bodine Picks UNC

Russell Bodine committed to the Tar Heels on Monday afternoon during an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

"I knew it was definitely one of my favorites," Bodine said. "I came down here with my mom. She agreed with everything I was thinking [about UNC]. So I figured I'd go ahead and get it over with now."

Bodine, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound offensive lineman from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Boston College, California, Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"Really, [what stood out about UNC] was how well rounded it was," Bodine said. "It had a little bit of everything that I was looking for – obviously a good football team, it's in a good conference, the campus is beautiful, and the [academic] reputation it has."

While visiting UNC earlier in the spring for the Tar Heels' Junior Day event, Bodine was extended a scholarship offer. He then immediately placed UNC on his favorites list, even though he hardly considered the Tar Heels before that point.

"That was pretty much the first I've ever heard from them," Bodine. "They called Coach [John] Shuman and said ‘We're having a junior day and want Russell to come down…' I was thinking about going to Virginia Tech that weekend and Coach Shuman was like ‘No, you need to go to North Carolina.' I'm guessing he knew there was a higher level of interest."

UNC offensive line coach Sam Pittman recruited Bodine to play center. Bodine is ranked the No. 11 center in the nation, according to

"Obviously, they're going to lose two centers this year and they got another one that is a sophomore," Bodine said. "So they're looking at me to play early. Now how early, from what they're saying, depends a lot on me and how ready I am to come in and play. But they're certainly looking for someone to come in and contribute."

During Monday's visit, Bodine and his mother spent time with the coaching staff, toured the campus, met the academic support staff, and then had a meeting with Pittman and head coach Butch Davis. It was during the meeting with Pittman and Davis that Bodine made his verbal commitment.

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"I had a pretty good idea [that I was going to commit]," Bodine said. "I knew they were my favorite. I sat down last week and talked to my parents about it."

More or less, Monday's visit was to get Bodine's mother approval.

"She wanted to see it one way or the other before I committed to make sure it was a good fit," Bodine said. "And she approved."

Bodine says his verbal commitment is firm. Thus, he doesn't plan to visit any other schools.

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