Target 2004: Connor Barth

Wilmington Hoggard kicker-punter Connor Barth has moved around quite a bit in his relatively short life. He and his family spent time in Virginia and Tennessee prior to finally settling in to southeastern North Carolina.

Barth grew up a Notre Dame fan, but now says that North Carolina is in the lead for his services. He also likes Notre Dame, Boston College, and Penn State. Barth currently does not have an offer but that should change after he camps at North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Boston College.

After spending March 22 at UNC's Junior Day, Barth remarked on how much he enjoyed the campus and the people. He, along with nearly 60 other invitees, had the opportunity to meet UNC coach John Bunting and special teams coach James Webster while he was there.

Webster told Connor that Carolina plans to offer a scholarship to a kicker as part of the 2004 recruiting class.

Tar Heel kicker Dan Orner took a special interest in Connor by inviting him up to work out with him on a couple of occasions.

Barth has demonstrated his proficiency as a kicker by winning a national kicking contest in Texas during the off-season. He had the highest proficiency grade of all the kickers that participated which included a 55-yard field goal.

He has kicked 50-yard field goals in game situations as well.

"It's not really how hard you hit it, but the technique," Barth told the Wilmington Star. "Sometimes, it's when I really don't try to kill it that it goes the farthest. I don't know why, it's a weird thing.

"It's a mindset. You've go to be confident in yourself," he said. "All I listen to is the snap count. When that ball is put down, my mind is set and nothing can stop me. I don't think he could handle the pressure."

Barth says the most important aspect in choosing a school is academics. He plans on majoring in sports medicine and likes the academic opportunities available at UNC.

A well-rounded athlete, Barth is now involved with track, in which he competes in the 400m and high hurdle events.

Connor Barth
Height: 6-1
Weight: 175
40-Time: 4.65
Position: K-P

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