Practice Tour: D.J. Bunn

CHATHAM, Va. --- Robert Prunty, Hargrave Military Academy's head football coach, says UNC pledge D.J. Bunn can and will play both safety and cornerback. However, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder will primarily line up at cornerback on Hargrave's starting unit.

"I didn't know he was going to be that physical of a specimen," Prunty said. "You can see he's been in the weight room.

"He's going to be guy that the Carolina coaches are going to really like, because he does everything right. He's very coachable, he doesn't make a lot of mistakes, and he's a guy that understands the game."

In addition to his offensive duties, Bunn played both safety and cornerback during his prep career at Smithfield (N.C.) Smithfield-Selma.

"I think [playing cornerback] will help me a lot," Bunn said. "At corner, mainly you're backing up and working your hips. The one thing I wanted to work on was my hips."

Hargrave's defense plays an equal mixture of both zone and man coverages.

In just a week, Bunn has adjusted well to the military lifestyle of Hargrave.

"Waking up [early] is no problem, because I'm an early bird," Bunn said. "But the military life, I believe it's going to give me a lot of discipline before I get to Carolina."

Additionally, Bunn believes he's greatly benefiting from Hargrave's practice fields.

"We're practicing against guys that were the best at their high school," Bunn said. "So coming out every single day against that guy, I believe it's going to get me a lot better by the time I get to Carolina in January."

Luckily for Bunn, he's going through this experience with fellow UNC pledges Jerrell Rhodes and Johnnie Farms.

"It makes it a lot easier [having fellow UNC commits here]," Bunn said. "J.R., Johnnie, and I connected just like that. I never met Johnnie before I got here, but J.R. we went on our official visit together so we already knew each other."

The trio has already discussed road trips to Chapel Hill for football games.

This semester, Bunn will take two math classes, plus an English, and weightlifting. He will also take the SAT until he's deemed academically qualified by the NCAA Clearinghouse.

"I was so close [to qualifying] that if I get an ‘A' in one of those core classes, I believe it will push my GPA up and I'll be qualified," Bunn said.

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