Three-star safety Jonathan Smith out of Durham (N.C.) Hillside has heard all the news about John Bunting's dismissal from the team. The 6-foot-2, 184-pounder is disappointed, but plans to stick it out with the Tar Heels.
"I talked to coach Thigpen yesterday about the situation and he basically said that everything is up in the air," he said. "I plan to be in touch with him pretty regularly about how things are progressing."
Smith has thought about the situation.
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"I was thinking about it a lot and I love Carolina as a school and a program," he stated. "Unfortunately Bunting was fired and I'm hoping they'll keep at least some of the same position coaches around because I have a good relationship with them.
"My main focus is on North Carolina and once I get there I look forward to supporting them every way I can. I want to make a difference. Aside from that, I really have a great relationship with the players on the team and I know they'll get things back on track. I'm a North Carolina guy. I was born here and it's easier for me because I have support from my family here."
The No. 28 player in North Carolina has helped Hillside to a 7-2 record this season.
"The year is going really well and we're definitely going to the playoffs and hopefully we can go all the way," he said. "Individually I'm doing outstanding. I've got three interceptions on the year and had two of them in the last game, but I always think I can do more."