Having spent five years as head coach at Division-III Glassboro State and almost the rest of his coaching career in the NFL, Bunting had little experience with recruiting.
But he learned quickly since becoming North Carolina's coach Dec. 11. He had no choice if he wanted to land players such as Jawarski Pollock, a speedy wide receiver from Bradenton, Fla.
"I couldn't find him at home, but I talked with his grandmother, so I finally got him on his cell phone at the barber shop," Bunting said. "I felt good that he was looking good, and he felt good about looking good."
Pollock was one of 21 recruits Bunting officially landed Wednesday, which was national signing day.
Bunting's class won't be ranked as highly as N.C. State coach Chuck Amato's incoming group of players, but it was a solid effort considering the amount of time he had since taking over the job.
Bunting wanted to help the Tar Heels become more athletic, and he thinks he and his staff did that.
"We feel very good about the people we've gotten," Bunting said, "and we feel very good about getting more team speed."
Bunting wasn't as successful in his pursuit of more arms. The Tar Heels were trying to sign two quarterbacks but had to settle for one.
Matt Baker, who stands 6-foot-2 1/2 and 205 pounds, ended up being that one. He was a first-team all-state selection at Brother Rice High School in Michigan and passed for more than 2,000 yards this past season.