Bodine Ready To Contribute

National Signing Day was a mere formality for Russell Bodine.

"It's obviously a big deal making everything official," Bodine said. "But as far as I was concerned, it's been official since June when I committed."

Bodine, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound offensive lineman from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, committed to UNC during an unofficial visit eight months ago, selecting the Tar Heels over scholarship offers from Boston College, California, Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

"Honestly, I was just ready for the whole recruiting process to be over," Bodine said. "… I never felt anything was going to change my mind about North Carolina. It's a well rounded school – an up-and-coming football program, great academics, and a beautiful campus."

After committing, outside schools ceased recruiting Bodine – as he had hoped. The one exception was Tennessee, which called Bodine a few times before Lane Kiffin bolted for Southern Cal.

The quality that attracted UNC the most to Bodine was his extensive snapping experience. He started both his sophomore and junior seasons at center for FUMA. However, he was moved to guard for his senior season.

"They're going to lose at least one center [to graduation]," 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."

With his football season over, Bodine's focus is on FUMA's track team. He's currently participating in the shot put and anticipates partaking in both the shot put and discus during the spring. His personal best put is 52 feet.

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