Signee Update: Russell Bodine

A few weeks after signing with North Carolina, Russell Bodine won the indoor state championship in shot put with a 49-11 ¼ showing.

"Track is just something I do on the side, because they asked me to do it," the offensive lineman said. "[The shot put championship] is not that big of a deal, I guess."

Bodine's first place finish helped Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy take home its fifth Prep League boys indoor track title in six years.

Making Bodine's feat even more impressive is his lack of shot put practice.

"I pretty much just work out and then show up and throw the shot put," Bodine said.

Bodine, whose personal best is over 51 feet, is currently handling the shot put for FUMA's track and field team. FUMA has two more meets before the Prep League Meet, which is followed by the State Championship meet.

Given his indoor title, Bodine should be perceived as the favorite to win the shot put championship in track and field. However, tough competition has emerged from a rival school.

"There's one kid from Woodberry Forest (Va.) who just started but he's developed his form [throughout the year]," Bodine said. "He's beaten me pretty consistently now, because I don't have the greatest form – I just kind of get up there and throw it."

Between track meets, Bodine has been following the offseason conditioning program run by one of FUMA's football coaches.

"I talked to Coach [Jeff] Connors, [UNC's] strength coach, he said as long as I'm doing bench, squat, power clean, and the normal stuff that it was fine [to follow FUMA's workout]," Bodine said.

Bodine, who played his senior football season in the 290-295-pound range, is up to 305 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame.

Sam Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach, recruited Bodine to play center.

Bodine says he gets the feeling that UNC will not red-shirt him this fall.

"I think a lot depends on how things go when I come in," Bodine said. "[Pittman] said they don't have a problem giving people a chance to compete."

Pittman and Bodine have had some preliminary discussions about jersey numbers. No. 60 has been the primary number being thrown around.

"It's not that big of a deal to me," Bodine said of his jersey number. "I don't think it really matters what jersey you're wearing."

Bodine, who is fully qualified, will enroll at UNC in the second summer. He'll arrive on campus on June 14.

Bodine isn't exactly sure who he'll be rooming with. But he and T.J. Leifheit, a fellow offensive lineman who enrolled in January, have discussed possibly rooming together.

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