Monday, June 1, 2009

Confirming North Carolina's new commitment

North Carolina has added another highly recruited lineman to its football class of 2010.

Russell Bodine
, a 6-foot-4, 278-pound center currently attending the Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, committed to the Tar Heels after bringing his mother down to Chapel Hill on an unofficial visit today.

He picked North Carolina over Virginia and Virginia Tech, his other two finalists. He also had offers from area schools Duke and Wake Forest, and from Boston College, California, Northwestern, Rutgers, Stanford and Vanderbilt. ranks him as the No.11 center in the nation, and North Carolina recruited him for that position.

The Tar Heels, who lose two centers this year, had offered Bodine at their junior day earlier this spring, and they immediately moved up his list.

Fork Union coach John Schuman says UNC is getting a big-time prospect.

“He’s a good kid, but on the field he’s an aggressive, physical guy,” Schuman said. “He’s very impressive. Earlier this year, he bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times.”

To put that in perspective, most camps and combines have their players bench 185 pounds, and even then few can manage 24 repetitions. --Stan Olson


Anonymous said...

"Good kid" and having to attend Fork Union don't typically go hand in hand.

Anonymous said...

He didn't have to go to Fork Union. Look at his offers: Stanford, BC, Wake, Duke, UNC, UVA, Northwestern, etc

Academics can't be a problem if your offer list looks like that.

Stan Olson said...

He didn't have to attend Fork Union. He's not in the post graduate program, he was on the under graduate team. Big difference. He's easily qualified.