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Wesleyan Bound

BUNN -- It may have been the final signing ceremony for David Howle during his illustrious career as Bunn High School's head football coach.

For that reason alone, it was a day to remember.

But add in the fact that two high-profile, captain-worthy Wildcats signed letters-of-intent, and it was even more special.

Bunn's Omar Rosa and Christian Murray will continue to be teammates for the next four years as they both accepted offers from North Carolina Wesleyan College as part of a dual ceremony at the BHS Media Center.

"The integrity and character of both of these kids is just unreal,'' said Howle, who retired at the conclusion of the 2016 campaign. "These two kids are exactly what you want a Bunn High School student-athlete to be like. They are unselfish kids who have put in the effort to get to this point.''

Rosa made his mark at Bunn as an interior defensive lineman, and he is expected to continue that role at North Carolina Wesleyan.

To some scouts, Rosa's 5-foot-8 size overshadowed some of his other intangibles, notably his strength and speed.

Several Division III schools offered Rosa before he decided to join the Bishops' program in Rocky Mount.

"Omar's height worked against him with some bigger schools,'' Howle said. "But at the Division III level, I think he can be an All-American.''

Rosa, who also served as Bunn's short-yardage, hard-to-stop fullback, was a three-time all-league performer in the Northern Carolina Conference who helped BHS reach the state finals in 2015.

Murray was also part of that historic run before breaking his leg in a late-season game.

Murray worked his way back through rehab and was a key performer as a senior.

Murray's greatest asset as a captain for Bunn (along with Rosa) was his ability to excel at several positions, including long snapper, tight end, wide receiver and quarterback.

Even though he didn't work behind center much due to Bunn's run-oriented offense, Murray might get an opportunity to play quarterback at Wesleyan, according to Howle.

"Christian has a rocket arm -- he can really throw the ball,'' Howle said. "I'm not sure right now what (Wesleyan) will do with him, but my feeling is he will get a chance (at the signal-caller position).''

Murray also had an offer from St. Aug's before deciding to team with Rosa to play at North Carolina Wesleyan College.

"Everything just fell into place for those guys to stay together,'' Howle said. "They both went up there to visit and really fell in love with the campus.''


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