"I signed my papers to play at NC State on December 21st," said Buntyn. "It was great. I've been trying to get back east from New Mexico Military, and I wanted to come back home. I had a lot of colleges from out west trying to get me, but I wanted to get back out close to home."
Buntyn, who now checks in at 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, played nose tackle for New Mexico Military Institute, and that is where he is slated to help the Wolfpack.
"I wasn't this big in high school so it took some time to adjust, but I did it quickly and it has worked out," said Buntyn. "My job is to draw double teams and get into the backfield. I'm trying to make plays.
"It was tougher in junior college than high school because everybody is bigger, I couldn't just rely on my size and strength anymore. I had to use technique... I think I improved on that."
NC State will need Buntyn to be ready to play right away. The Pack is looking to replace senior defensive tackles Markus Kuhn and J.R. Sweezy in the rotation, and Buntyn has a chance to contribute given he will be enrolling in January and available for spring practice.
"The coaches at State want me to play big," he said. "I'll be up there January 6th... I'm ready to get to work.
"I will be able to go through spring workouts... I hope I can come in and play right away at tackle."
Buntyn took a long road to NC State. He had favored the Wolfpack as a senior at Havelock (NC) High School, but he ended up attending New Mexico Military Institute. According to him, it certainly worked out for the best.
"I'm happy I went the long road to junior college because I wasn't mature enough," he said. "Going to a military school allowed me to mature, and I've got my study habits down. I know how to work out, and I know what actual college is going to be like. I feel like I've improved in the classroom and on the football field."
As of right now, Buntyn says he will have two years to play two seasons but believes there is a chance he could get back another season.
"To be honest, I'm not real sure about it at this point, but from what I have heard if I earn 80% of my degree I can get another year back," he said. "Other than that, I do know I have two years left to play."