Havelock grad Buntyn signs with Patriots

Published: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 11:20 PM.

Playing in the NFL is a dream he’s had since he graduated from Havelock High in 2009.

But the path wasn’t easy.

Out of high school, Buntyn originally signed to play at Winston-Salem State. He then spent two years at New Mexico Military Institute before signing at N.C. State.

“I’ve been through a long, hard and miserable journey. I went to Winston-Salem State to the school in New Mexico to N.C. State,” Buntyn said. “I’ve learned to always stay positive and to always stick to that path. This is the skill I have and I am going to utilize it to my fullest.”

Buntyn played in all 12 games for the Wolfpack last fall. He then participated in N.C. State’s Pro Day in late March.

“My former d-line coach (Ryan Nielsen) taught me a lot of things that helped me out during my Pro Day,” Buntyn said.

Buntyn leaves for a rookie mini-camp later in the week. He is hoping to become the fourth Havelock native to make an NFL roster spot. Bruce Carter is with the Dallas Cowboys and Guy Whimper is with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while A.J. Jenkins was drafted in the ninth round in 1989 by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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