January 12, 2010

Four Freshmen join UNC for spring

Chapel Hill, N.C. ----- University of North Carolina head coach Butch Davis welcomed four freshmen student-athletes to the Tar Heel football program this week, including cornerback D.J. Bunn, tight end Sean Fitzpatrick, offensive lineman James Hurst and offensive lineman T.J. Leifheit.

Bunn originally signed with the Tar Heels in 2009 and attended Hargrave Military Academy for one semester. Fitzpatrick, Hurst and Leifheit graduated early from high school and enrolled in January.

Hurst and Leifheit are considered two of the nation's top high school offensive linemen. Hurst, a native of Plainfield, Ind., is ranked the No. 10 player in the country and the nation's No. 2 offensive tackle by Rivals.com.

His brother, Nelson, is a tight end for the Tar Heels.

Leifheit played three seasons at Wilmington's Hoggard High School and is ranked the No. 10 offensive tackle by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

Fitzpatrick played several different positions for Pittsford-Menden High School in Pittsford, N.Y., and is considered one of the nation's top tight end prospects.

Here is a brief profile of all four enrollees.

D.J. Bunn
CB, 5-11, 200
Smithfield, N.C. (Smithfield/Hargrave M.A.)

Enrolled at UNC in January after spending one semester at Hargrave Military Academy

• Ranked among the top 30 in North Carolina by Rivals.com as a senior at Smithfield High School • Rated the No. 55 cornerback in the country by Rivals.com • Ranked among the top 35 players in North Carolina by SuperPrep • Member of PrepStar's High School All-Atlantic Region Team • Played wingback, safety and cornerback for Smithfield-Selma High School • Ended the season with 508 yards and nine touchdowns on 81 carries • Had 165 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and also threw a touchdown pass • Posted 78 tackles, nine pass breakups and an interception on defense as a senior • Scored all three touchdowns in a victory over Chapel Hill High School in 2008 • Coached by Anthony Barbour at Smithfield and Robert Prunty at Hargrave • Son of Regina and Danny Bunn • Born Jan. 21, 1991.

Sean Fitzpatrick
TE, 6-5, 230
Pittsford, N.Y. (Pittsford-Menden)

Rated the No. 33 tight end in the country by Scout.com • Ranked the No 3 player in New York and the No. 34 tight end in the nation by Rivals.com • Played tight end, quarterback, wide receiver fullback, defensive line, linebacker and safety at Pittsford-Menden High School • Team captain • Two-time all-county and member of the Greater Rochester First Team • Team advanced to the Section V Class AA quarterfinals • Also played basketball and averaged 13 points and 10 rebounds per game • Son of Dennis and Edina Fitzpatrick • Born Feb. 6, 1992. Keith Molinich

James Hurst
OL, 6-5, 285
Plainfield, Ind. (Plainfield)

Ranked the No. 10 overall player in the country and the No. 2offensive tackle by Rivals.com • Considered the No. 3 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Was the overall MVP at the U.S. Army Junior National Combine • Competed in the Under Armour All-American Game and was named the game's most outstanding offensive lineman by Scout.com • Rated Indiana's No. 1 player by Rivals.com • Younger brother of Nelson Hurst, a tight end for the Tar Heels • Graded out at 98 percent as a senior at Plainfield High School • Coached by Brian Woodard • Earned first-team all-conference, all-area and all-state honors as a junior and senior • Earned area player of the year honors as a senior • Also saw some playing time on the defensive line • Played all four years on varsity • Helped team advance to the third round of the state playoffs all four seasons • Son of Tim and Susan Hurst • Born Dec. 17, 1991.

T.J. Leifheit
OL, 6-7, 315
Wilmington, N.C. (Hoggard)

SuperPrep All-America • Considered the No. 10 offensive tackle in the country by ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Lemming • Ranked the No. 8 player in North Carolina and the No. 31 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com • Nominated for the Offense-Defense All-America Game • Ranked the No. 4 prospect in North Carolina by The Charlotte Observer • Helped lead Hoggard to the state playoffs all four seasons, including the state title as a sophomore • Three-time all-area selection • Ranked the No. 19 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com • Coached by Scott Braswell • Member of North Carolina's Shrine Bowl Team • Played final three years at Hoggard and freshman season at Topsail High School • Named all-state, all-region and all-conference as a senior • Was all-region and all-conference performer as a junior • Son of Terry Leifheit and Alicia Williams • Born April 2, 1991.



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