Meet the New Walk-Ons

The impact of walk-ons is mostly felt in practice, yet every year a select few make valuable in-game contributions. Inside Carolina introduces five walk-ons that have already joined the program and others that plan to enroll this fall.

Connor Gonet
Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.)
FB, 6-0, 215 lbs.

Gonet was a four-year starter at running back and linebacker for Ravenscroft playing under his father, Ned.

Gonet concluded his senior season with 992 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing and 206 yards receiving. Following the season, he represented North Carolina in the private school Shrine Bowl.

As a junior, Gonet rushed for 1,349 yards and 21 touchdowns, caught 36 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns, and recorded 75 tackles. For his junior season accomplishments, he was named to the NCISAA 11-Man Football Division I All-State Team and Big East Conference Player-of-the-Year.

Besides UNC, Gonet, an honor roll student, received interest from Duke, NC State, Richmond, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

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Ryan Mangum
Leesville Road HS (Raleigh, N.C.)
DB, 6-0, 185 lbs.

Mangum's older brother, Pete, is currently a junior walk-on defensive back at UNC.

Since his sophomore season at Leesville Road, Mangum has started at free safety, been in the running back rotation, and has had a role on every special teams unit, including returning punts and kickoffs. He finished his career with 13 interceptions.

As a sophomore, Mangum recorded 55 tackles, seven interceptions, and eight pass breakups, and rushed for 59 yards and ten touchdowns on 21 carries.

Six games into his junior season, Mangum broke his collarbone. At that point, he was leading Leesville Road in tackles. He returned to the team for the playoffs, but in both games only played sparingly. On the season, he collected 42 tackles, an interception, four pass breakups, and four blocked field goals.

Although it didn't end the best possible way, Mangum's junior season started on a positive note at UNC's "Beast of the Hill" Seven-on-Seven Passing Tournament. Leesville Road won the tournament and Mangum took home the "Best Effort" Award.

Following his senior season, Mangum, who attended all of UNC's home games last fall, was named to the All-Area and All-Conference teams after recording 80 tackles, two interceptions, ten pass breakups, and two blocked kicks. On offense, he rushed 57 times for 359 yards and nine touchdowns, and caught five passes for 127 yards.

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Caleb Pressley
A.C. Reynolds HS (Asheville, N.C.)
QB, 6-2, 215 lbs.

Pressley is a two-time All-Western North Carolina Area player, as named by the Asheville Citizen Times, and 26-4 as a starting quarterback for Reynolds.

During his junior season, Pressley led Reynolds to the NCHSAA 4A State Championship. He was named the title game's MVP and after having a hand in both of his team's touchdowns (a one-yard run and a 13-yard pass) and accumulating 180 all-purpose yards. On the season, he completed 124-of-229 passes (54-percent) for 1,610 yards and nine touchdowns, and ran 157 times for 714 yards and 11 touchdowns.

As a senior, Pressley earned All-Mountain Athletic Conference honors after completing 148-of-258 passes (57-percent) for 2,374 yards, 25 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also rushed for 451 yards and seven touchdowns on 97 carries.

In addition to UNC, Appalachian State offered Pressley an invited walk-on position. He also received interest from Duke, Navy, NC State, Wake Forest, and Division I-AA schools Brown, Elon, Furman, Holy Cross, and Wofford.

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Jeff Schoettmer
Jesuit College Prep School (Dallas, Texas)
S, 6-2, 190 lbs.

Although he played prep ball in Texas, Schoettmer has several ties to the Tar Heel State. His father played linebacker at Duke, his mother played tennis at Wake Forest, and his older brother is currently on Wake Forest's baseball team.

Following his senior season, Schoettmer was named Class 5A All-State honorable mention and All-District 9-5A First Team.

Schoettmer also played baseball and basketball for Jesuit. As a senior, he batted .409 with 18 RBIs and 33 runs scored.

Nevada also offered Schoettmer an invited walk-on spot.

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Carson Wooten
Broughton HS (Raleigh, N.C.)
DL, 6-4, 220 lbs.

Wooten moved from Texas prior to his senior season. The highlight of his lone season with Broughton was when he helped its defense hold Keith Marshall to his lowest rushing output of the 2010 season and returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown.

Wooten was also part of Broughton's track and field team where he threw the discus and shot put.

 


The following players have been granted a walk-on position by UNC and are expected to enroll during the fall semester. They won't join the football team until they enroll in classes.

Cameron Campbell
Glenn HS (Kernersville, N.C.)
DB, 6-3, 190 lbs.

In his first season as the starting quarterback of Glenn's flex bone offense, Campbell received All-Piedmont Triad Conference recognition. He threw for 902 yards and seven interceptions with just three interceptions on 51-of-106 passing and rushed for 585 yards and six touchdowns on 128 rushes.

Campbell, an honor roll student, camped at Georgia Tech and UNC last summer. At the Tar Heels' Camp, he worked out at both quarterback and defensive back.

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Myers Colvin
E.E. Smith HS (Fayetteville, N.C.)
OL, 6-4, 285 lbs.

Colvin was a three-year starter on Smith's offensive line. He also wrestled and was a member of the national honor society.


Dillon Maples
Pinecrest HS (Southern Pines, N.C.)
K, 6-3, 197 lbs.

Maples, who was ranked as the No. 24 overall baseball prospect in the country by Perfect Game and drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 14th round, signed with UNC's baseball team. He played defensive back, punter, and kicker for Pinecrest's football team where he converted 25 PATs and eight field goals as a junior and 29 PATs and 11 field goals as a senior.


Arien Smith
Southern Alamance HS (Graham, N.C.)
OL, 6-1, 285 lbs.

Smith is a two-time All-Metro Conference selection and will play in the NCCA East-West All-Star Game. Besides UNC, he received interest from Vanderbilt.

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