Bunn, Rhodes Near Finish Line

CHATHAM, Va. --- While most players saw Hargrave Military Academy's Winter Workout as an opportunity to improve their recruiting stock, North Carolina verbal commitments D.J. Bunn and Jerrell Rhodes viewed the workout as a step closer to finally arriving at UNC.

"I'm just going to hit the weight room, finish in the classroom really strong, and then go home, lift, and then I have basically two or three weeks before school starts in January," Bunn said.

Bunn and Rhodes will leave Hargrave on Dec. 18 and then enroll at UNC on Jan. 9.

"I have two more weeks [at Hargrave]," Rhodes said. "I'm in the process of doing my application, right now, and getting my classes together."

Rhodes enrolled at Hargrave as a full qualifier out of Durham (N.C.) Jordan and thus used the semester to help prepare himself for UNC athletically and academically.

"I got switched out of Psychology, but I'm taking English college-bound, English 12, Algebra 1, [and] Algebra 2," Rhodes said. "[I'm taking] just classes to help with the transition."

Bunn, on the other hand, prepped at Hargrave to improve his ACT score so that he could become qualified. A month ago, he accomplished that mission.

"It feels real good," Bunn said. "I came up here, I worked real hard, and everything took care of itself. My mom, she just said go up there, stay focused and everything will fall into place and that's what exactly happened."

Ken Browning, who recruits Hargrave for UNC, maintained contact with Bunn and Rhodes throughout the semester. He visited the school last week and also attended the Winter Workout.

"They're telling me I'm going to be playing safety," Bunn said. "They said when I get there in January, they're going to put me in the speed program."

Bunn, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder, started this season at cornerback, but was moved to safety a few games in. He was moved again, this time to outside linebacker, for the final two games.

"We were weak at linebacker and we had a lot of DBs here and they wanted to get some guys some scholarships here," Bunn said. "I got to focus more on the run and then I got to turn my hips [against] the pass on the curls and flats."

Meanwhile, Rhodes, a 5-foot-11, 205-pounder, was in Hargrave's running back rotation.

In mid-November, Bunn officially visited UNC for the second time in as many years.

"I loved it," Bunn said. "The atmosphere was crazy. I didn't go last year for a game, [because] I went in January, so just to be down there [on the field], communicate with the players and coaches before a game was real cool."

Rhodes hasn't taken his UNC official visit. Given the limited time between now and when he enrolls, it's unlikely that visit will take place.

At Hargrave's Winter Workout Combine, which took place before the Winter Workout, Rhodes recorded the third highest 40-yard dash time (4.41 seconds). He also benched 225 pounds 18 times, ran a 4.36-second shuttle, and broad jumped 10-feet-1. Bunn registered a 4.53-second 40-yard dash, 18 reps of 225 pounds, a 4.51-second shuttle, and an 8-foot-9 broad jump.

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