2007 Class Revisited: Part V

Many claim a recruiting class can't truly be evaluated until college careers are completed. With that in mind, Inside Carolina is beginning an annual tradition of analyzing Signing Day hauls five years later. This week, we review the Class of 2007 ...

Overview

Upon first look, it's natural to jump to the conclusion that the 2007 class was a disappointment considering the number of highly ranked prospects and the hope it brought to a fan base hungry for success.

However, keep in mind that nearly half the class resulted in multi-year starters and 17 of its 23 members were at least reserves that regularly saw game action. Furthermore, between the 2007 and 2011 seasons, the class helped UNC to a 35-29 record – its best five-year record since the Mack Brown era. Plus it resulted in five players currently collecting NFL paychecks and seven others expected to at least receive an NFL camp invite.

Only one member of the class failed to reach campus – Albert Craddock, who spent time at two different JuCos after failing to qualify out of High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford High School.

Quan Sturdivant ended up being the top player to emerge from the class. The Oakboro, N.C. native started as a true freshman and was the class' lone first team All-ACC selection. He likely would have made a return to the All-ACC team during his senior season if not for a hamstring injury.

The biggest surprise of the class was also the last player to join the class – Terrance Brown. Unranked coming out of Fresno (Calif.) City College, he was about to pursue a career in baseball until Butch Davis came calling. In just two seasons, Brown became the best punter of the Davis era, but his impact wasn't fully appreciated until after his departure. While his average (40.5 years on 123 punts) was solid, his consistency proved to be his strength.

Besides Craddock, the biggest disappointments of the class were Kevin Bryant and Rashad Mason. Both arrived at UNC as four-star prospects and left before making an impact on the field.

Unfortunately a stigma will forever be attached to this class because of the fates of its two highest ranked members. Marvin Austin and Greg Little made huge splashes by selecting UNC on Signing Day but eventually became the face of the NCAA investigation that ultimately resulted in their loss of eligibility and rocked the 2010 season just as they – and the program - seemed to be hitting their prime.


MARVIN AUSTIN
Position: Defensive Tackle
School: Washington (D.C.) Ballou
Scout.com Ranking: 5 stars (No. 1 DT)
UNC Career Rating: 3.5

Recruitment
Austin was the crown jewel of Butch Davis's and John Blake's recruiting efforts for this class – he was a five-star prospect, U.S. Army All-American, the top ranked defensive tackle, and at one point the top ranked overall prospect in the nation. He considered UNC under John Bunting's regime, but that interest quickly fizzled out. After Davis' hiring, Austin showed a renewed interest in UNC and eventually officially visited. Austin also officially visited Florida State, Illinois, Tennessee, and USC, before selecting the Tar Heels on national television on Signing Day.

UNC Career
Although his UNC career was stained by an NCAA investigation during his senior season that resulted in an indefinite suspension until he was ultimately dismissed from the team, Austin's final season as a Tar Heel (2009) ended with second team All-ACC honors. During that season, he totaled 42 tackles, including six for a loss and four sacks, three pass breakups, six quarterback pressures, and a forced fumble. Despite being projected as a high NFL draft pick, Austin returned to UNC for his senior season.

As a true freshman, he made three starts and played in all 12 games at defensive tackle, accumulating 26 tackles, including six for a loss and four sacks. He followed that debut by playing in each of UNC's 13 games in 2008 and starting all but two. He ended his sophomore season tied with E.J. Wilson for most tackles by a UNC defensive lineman with 38. He also had 1.5 tackles for a loss, a sack, an interception, and a blocked kick.

Post-UNC
The New York Giants drafted Austin in the second round of the 2011 draft (52nd pick overall). During the preseason, he tore his pectoral muscle and was placed on injured reserve.


CHARLES BROWN
Position: Cornerback
School: Maple Heights (Ohio)
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR WR)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Brown didn't begin hearing from UNC until Butch Davis, who was hired a few months prior, tapped into his Cleveland area connections to pursue the athlete. He officially visited Chapel Hill in late-January and wasn't offered a scholarship until a week later. A day after receiving the offer, Brown committed to UNC over Connecticut. Besides UNC, Brown officially visited UConn and Bowling Green.

UNC Career
As a true freshman, Brown played in all 12 games, making nine starts at either cornerback or nickel back, and finished second in the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year voting to teammate Deunta Williams. For his sophomore season, he was the starting nickel back, playing in ten games. He was moved to cornerback during his junior year, where he started all 13 games and finished the season second on the team with 66 tackles and fifth in the ACC in passes defended with nine breakups and three interceptions. After sitting out the 2010 season and 2011 season opener for his involvement in the NCAA investigation, Brown started every game in 2011 at cornerback, leading UNC in passes defended with seven breakups and two interceptions. He also accumulated 53 tackles, including six for a loss, as a senior.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Brown as the 20th best cornerback heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him as a fifth rounder.


TERRENCE BROWN
Position: Punter
School: Fresno (Calif.) City College
Scout.com Rating: NR (JC P)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Brown was a late addition to the Tar Heels' recruiting class. The JuCo punter didn't begin hearing from UNC until roughly a month after Signing Day and didn't officially visit the school until April. Before ending his official visit, he verbally committed to Butch Davis. Prior to hearing from UNC, Brown was headed to Santa Barbara (Calif.) Westmont College for baseball.

UNC Career
Brown was the punter for both of his two years on campus. He ended his career with a 40.5-yard average on 123 punts, with a long of 64 yards. Fifty of his punts were downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line and only nine went into the end zone for a touchback. He also failed to have a single punt blocked.


KEVIN BRYANT
Position: Offensive Line
School: Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Anderson
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 27 OT)
UNC Career Rating: 1.0

Recruitment
Despite collecting a plethora of scholarship offers, various reasons, including academic concerns, lead to Bryant only officially visit Mississippi and UNC. He selected the Tar Heels on Signing Day, after taking his UNC official visit the weekend prior. In spite of the academic concerns, the massive offensive lineman enrolled at UNC on time.

UNC Career
Bryant's UNC career was plagued by injuries and ended prior to his sophomore season. After red-shirting in 2007, he injured his wrist the following spring. He played in seven games as a freshman, primarily on special teams and as a reserve offensive lineman, before re-injuring his wrist and missing the final five games. He left the team prior to the 2008 season.


ALBERT CRADDOCK
Position: Linebacker
School: High Point (N.C.) Southwest Guilford
Scout.com Rating: 3 stars (No. 26 MLB)
UNC Career Rating: 0.0

Recruitment
Craddock verbally committed to UNC in March of his junior year. Although he kept his options open throughout his recruitment, he never ended up officially visiting any other school. When he failed to qualify out of high school, he enrolled at Poplarville (Miss.) Pearl River CC. After red-shirting his first year at Pearl River, Craddock followed its coaching staff to Scooba (Miss.) East Mississippi CC. He saw limited action in East Mississippi's season opener before leaving campus to be with his father, who was suffering from a serious illness.


MIKE DYKES
Position: Offensive Line
School: Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills
Scout.com Rating: 3 stars (No. 61 OG)
UNC Career Rating: 1.0

Recruitment
Dykes verbally committed to UNC under the John Bunting regime, but softened his pledge when Bunting was dismissed. He eventually officially visited Mississippi. He solidified his commitment to the Tar Heels during an in-home visit with Butch Davis.

UNC Career
After red-shirting as a freshman, Dykes suffered a knee injury during practice prior to the 2008 season. He received a career-ending medical hardship the following spring.


LINWAN EUWELL
Position: Defensive End
School: Pinetops (N.C.) Southwest Edgecombe
Scout.com Rating: 3 stars (No. 68 DE)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
In May of his junior year, Euwell verbally committed to NC State. However, he continued to visit other schools, including UNC. When both rivals underwent coaching changes, Euwell was undecided on his collegiate destination. After an ultimatum by NC State, he selected UNC.

UNC Career
Euwell suffered a major left knee injury in practice in 2007 and red-shirted that season. In 2008, he played in five games on special teams recording a tackle on a kickoff on his first career play. As a sophomore, he played in four games primarily on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. During the spring of 2010, he was moved from linebacker to defensive end and played in six games, recording five tackles the subsequent season. He left UNC following the 2010 season with one year of eligibility remaining.


LECOUNT FANTROY
Position: Cornerback
School: New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR CB)
UNC Career Rating: 2.5

Recruitment
Fantroy verbally committed to UNC in June '05 and was part of John Bunting's final recruiting class. However, he failed to qualify out of Washington (D.C.) Ballou High School and thus prepped a semester at Milford Academy.

UNC Career
Fantroy enrolled at UNC in the spring of 2007 and red-shirted the following season. In his freshman year, he played in eight games, primarily on special teams and as a reserve cornerback, recovering a fumble near the end of the first half of the game against Notre Dame. He continued his same role in 2009 – special teamer, including gunner on punt coverage, and reserve cornerback – and recorded his first career tackle. Fantroy saw his most action in 2010, starting in eight games and playing in all but one. He ended that season with 29 tackles and a pass breakup.


CARL GASKINS
Position: Offensive Line
School: Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR OT)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
Less than a week before Signing Day, UNC offered Gaskins a scholarship. That, combined with an in-home visit with Tar Heel assistant coach Sam Pittman, made Gaskins to alter his travel plans for the proceeding weekend – he canceled an official trip to Illinois and scheduled one with UNC. Before concluding his UNC official visit, he verbally committed to Butch Davis.

UNC Career
After red-shirting in 2007, Gaskins saw action in five games on special teams and as a reserve offensive tackle during his freshman season. He tore his ACL during pre-season practice of his sophomore year and missed the season. In 2010, he started at left tackle in the season opener against LSU and appeared in nine other contests. He played in ten games during the 2011 season, his final year on campus.


BRIAN GUPTON
Position: Safety
School: Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR WR)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
UNC began recruiting Gupton in December of his senior year. That interest lead to an official visit in early January. Roughly a week before Signing Day, UNC offered and Gupton verbally committed shortly thereafter.

UNC Career
Gupton red-shirted in 2007 and then played in five games in 2008, primarily on special teams and as a reserve cornerback. He was moved to safety but saw most of his action on special teams as a sophomore. After sitting out the 2010 season as a result of eligibility issues, he saw action in all 13 games during his senior year, recording five tackles.


CAM HOLLAND
Position: Offensive Line
School: Pittsburgh (Pa.) Perry Traditional Academy
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (No. 78 OG)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Prior to his senior year, Holland verbally committed to UNC. However, he began to explore other options, namely nearby Pittsburgh, when John Bunting was dismissed. Meetings with newly hired assistant coaches Sam Pittman and John Shoop eventually solidified Holland's pledge.

UNC Career
A three-year starter at center, Holland played in a total of 37 games for UNC. After he red-shirted the 2007 season, he saw action in two wins in 2008 and started seven games in 2009. He appeared in all 13 games in 2010, starting the final 12. He started all 11 games he played in during his senior season, missing two games with a back injury.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Holland as the 22nd best center heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be an undrafted free agent.


RYAN HOUSTON
Position: Running Back
School: Matthews (N.C.) Butler
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 20 RB)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Houston verbally committed to UNC over Clemson, Florida, and Miami live on ESPNU. His commitment didn't stop outside schools from continuing to recruit Houston and John Bunting's dismissal added fuel to the fire. He considered scheduling official visits with Clemson, Florida, Louisville, and NC State, but eventually firmed up his pledge during an official visit to UNC.

UNC Career
Houston ended his UNC career with 25 touchdowns and 1,485 yards on 397 rushes. He also had 16 catches for 142 yards. He was one of 11 true freshmen to play in 2007, seeing action in seven games. He played in all 13 games as a sophomore, rushing for a team-high eight touchdowns. His best season was in 2009 when he started the final four games and rushed for a career-best 713 yards and nine touchdowns. After red-shirting the 2010 season, he played in all 13 games as a fifth-year senior primarily in a backup role.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Houston as the 27nd best running back heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be an undrafted free agent.


GREG LITTLE
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 12 WR)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Little pulled a Signing Day switch by going with UNC instead of Notre Dame, the school he had been committed to since the prior November. In hindsight, the switch should have been expected given Little's numerous unofficial visits to UNC after committing to the Fighting Irish. His initial verbal commitment was actually supposed to occur at a press conference a month prior. Instead, he announced UNC and Notre Dame as his finalists at the October press conference, eliminating fellow favorites Florida, Ohio State, and Southern Cal.

UNC Career
Little will forever be linked to the NCAA investigation during the 2010 season, which ultimately resulted in his loss of his senior season. However, he started 28 of 37 career games at UNC, played in all 12 games during his true freshman season, and ended his career with 86 receptions for 969 yards with six touchdowns and 166 carries for 805 yards with six scores. He also returned 27 kickoffs during his career for an 18.8-yard average. He began his career at wide receiver, but was moved to tailback and became the starter for the final two games. Six games into his sophomore season, he was shifted back to wide receiver. He started all 13 games at receiver in 2009 and led the team with 62 receptions for 724 yards with five touchdowns.

Post-UNC
Little was selected in the second round (59th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. In his rookie season, he played in all 16 of the Browns' games, starting 12, including the final six. He ended his rookie campaign with 61 receptions for 709 yards and two touchdowns, plus three rushes for 15 yards.


RASHAD MASON
Position: Wide Receiver
School: Nashville (Tenn.) Pearl-Cohn
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 14)
UNC Career Rating: 1.0

Recruitment
Six weeks before Signing Day, Mason reached out to UNC. Shortly thereafter a scholarship offer was extended and Mason scheduled an official visit to Chapel Hill. That visit was succeeded by official trips to Michigan, Kentucky, and Ole Miss. A few days before Signing Day, he committed to UNC.

UNC Career
After red-shirting his freshman year, Mason, who began his career at wide receiver but was eventually moved to tight end, played in three games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, failing to record any statistics. Following an indefinite suspension during the 2009 season, Mason was dismissed from the team and transferred.

Post-UNC
Mason ended up transferring to Georgetown College, a NAIA school in Kentucky. In two seasons, he played in 19 games, recording 47 catches for 665 yards and seven touchdowns.


MATT MERLETTI
Position: Safety
School: Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (NR CB)
UNC Career Rating: 2.5

Recruitment
Butch Davis used his Cleveland contacts to discover Merletti, along with his high school teammate Patrick Hennessey (who went to Air Force). Merletti went on to commit to UNC during a December official visit to Chapel Hill.

UNC Career
Merletti played in ten games as a true freshman, primarily as a special teamer, recording four tackles. In 2008, he earned special teams co-captain honors, along with Ryan Taylor, and finished the season with 11 tackles and two fumble recoveries, including one in the end zone for a touchdown. He received a medical red-shirt in 2009 after tearing the ACL in his right knee during preseason practice. He returned from the injury the following season to play in all 13 games, starting five at safety. He finished that season with 37 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions. He started every game in 2011 until a left knee injury ended his season. He ended that campaign with 36 tackles, two interceptions, and a pass breakup.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Merletti as the 22nd best safety heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be an undrafted free agent.


MIKE PAULUS
Position: Quarterback
School: Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers Academy
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 11 QB)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
In April of his junior year, Paulus committed to UNC over co-finalist Southern Cal and several other schools. From that point forward, he doubled as a recruiter for the Tar Heels and worked to keep fellow commitments on board as UNC underwent a coaching change.

UNC Career
Following a red-shirt season in 2007, Paulus was the backup quarterback to T.J. Yates before transferring to William & Mary after the 2009 season. He played in four games during his red-shirt freshman season – including starting at Miami – completing 4-of-13 passes for 33 yards and two interceptions, but did not see game action the following season.

Post-UNC
At William & Mary, Paulus appeared in ten games – starting seven contests – including against UNC in 2010. He ended his W&M career with 1,150 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions on 116-of-214 passing. ESPN ranks Paulus as the 30th best quarterback heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be an undrafted free agent.


ZACK PIANALTO
Position: Tight End
School: Springdale (Ark.)
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 21 TE)
UNC Career Rating: 3.5

Recruitment
In March of his junior year, Pianalto verbally committed to Texas. A couple of days after an early December official visit to Texas, Butch Davis, who grew up in Springdale and maintains strong ties there, contacted Pianalto. That conversation resulted in Pianalto officially visiting UNC. A week after his UNC trip, he switched his commitment to the Tar Heels.

UNC Career
Pianalto is the UNC record holder for the most career receptions by a tight end (94) and most receptions in a season by a tight end (33). On those 94 career catches, he scored three touchdowns and accumulated 918 yards. He accomplished all this despite a career that included three injury-shortened seasons.

As a true freshman, Pianalto started eight games at H-back/tight end, finishing fourth on the team with 24 catches for 204 yards. He had his best season in 2009, catching 33 passes for 334 yards and a touchdown, and earning All-ACC honorable mention. Six games into his senior season, his career was ended prematurely by a broken fibula. At the time of the injury, he was leading UNC in both receptions and receiving yards.

Post-UNC
Pianalto was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Buffalo Bills, but was later released. He was then claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He appeared in 13 games in 2011 for Tampa Bay, catching four passes for 40 yards.


TYDREKE POWELL
Position: Defensive Tackle
School: Ahoskie (N.C.) Hertford County
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 10 DT)
UNC Career Rating: 3.5

Recruitment
Although he didn't commit until late in the process, UNC was always the team to beat for Powell. He ended up taking official visits to Clemson and East Carolina before committing to UNC during a late January official visit to the campus.

UNC Career
Powell was named honorable mention All-ACC following the 2011 season. He started all 26 games at defensive tackle his final two seasons at UNC and compiled 93 tackles, including 7.5 for a loss and 3.5 sacks, an interception, four QB hurries, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. Following a red-shirt season in 2007, he played in all but one game during the 2008 season, posting 18 tackles, 4.5 tackles for a loss, and a sack. He played in all 13 games his sophomore season and was in UNC's regular rotation at defensive end, finishing with 24 tackles, including four for a loss and two sacks.

Post-UNC
ESPN ranks Powell as the 22nd best defensive tackle heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projects him to be a late round draft pick. He was selected to play in the Senior Bowl.


DEVON RAMSAY
Position: Fullback
School: Red Bank (N.J.) the Lawrenceville School
Scout.com Rating: 3 stars (No. 6 FB)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Prior to his senior season, Ramsay verbally committed to Boston College. When BC underwent a coaching change, the position he was being recruited for (running back) changed to defensive tackle prompting him to de-commit. He then shifted his focus to Maryland, UNC, Villanova, and William & Mary, and took official visits to all four schools. On Signing Day, he selected UNC.

UNC Career
After red-shirting in 2007, he played in five games in 2008, primarily on special teams and as a reserve fullback, before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. In 2009 he won the starting fullback job, recording six receptions. He was held out of the final nine games of his junior season due to the NCAA investigation and eventually ruled permanently ineligible for competition. That ruling was overturned the following February. In the 2011 season opener, he tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee and missed the rest of that season. The NCAA has granted him an additional year of eligibility and he is expected to return to the team in 2012. In 21 games, he has nine receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.

Post-UNC
Although he has been granted another year of eligibility, ESPN ranked Ramsay as the 9th best fullback heading into the 2012 NFL Draft and projected him to be a late round draft pick.


DA'NORRIS SEARCY
Position: Safety
School: Decatur (Ga.) Towers
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 8 WLB)
UNC Career Rating: 3.0

Recruitment
Searcy originally verbally committed to UNC during the Tar Heels' July camp. But when John Bunting was dismissed, he reopened his recruitment and scheduled official visits to UNC, Ole Miss, and Virginia Tech. After taking his Ole Miss official trip, he officially visited UNC, re-committed, and canceled his plans with Virginia Tech.

UNC Career
Searcy was a two-year starter at strong safety for UNC, playing in 48 games throughout his career. As a true freshman and sophomore, he saw action in all 25 games during the 2007 and 2008 seasons primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety, totaling 34 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and three pass breakups. In 2009, he moved into the starting safety spot and finished the season with 35 tackles, one interception, and three pass breakups. He also served as the punt returner, ranking second in the ACC and fifth in the country with a 14.6-yard average. He missed the first three games of his senior season as the NCAA determined his eligibility, but went on to start nine of the final ten contests. Despite the missed games, he led the team with four interceptions and eight passes defended. He also had 37 tackles, including four for a loss.

Post-UNC
The Buffalo Bills selected Searcy in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played in all 16 games during his rookie season, starting three, and registered 34 tackles, one interception, and one pass breakup.


JONATHAN SMITH
Position: Safety
School: Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (No. 35 WLB)
UNC Career Rating: 2.5

Recruitment
Shortly after receiving a UNC scholarship offer in April of his junior year, Smith verbally committed to the Tar Heels. Outside of a few conversations with other schools, he never wavered on his commitment despite UNC's coaching change.

UNC Career
After red-shirting the 2010 season, Smith started eight games – playing in a total of nine – at strong safety during his final season on campus. He ended that campaign with 45 tackles, including two for a loss. He saw action during his first three years on campus, including all 26 games in 2008 and 2009, primarily on special teams and as a reserve safety registering a total of 12 tackles.


QUAN STURDIVANT
Position: Linebacker
School: Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanly
Scout.com Rating: 4 stars (No. 9 MLB)
UNC Career Rating: 4.0

Recruitment
Sturdivant eventually narrowed his choices to Florida and UNC and subsequently officially visited both schools in late September and mid-October, respectively. On the heels of John Bunting's termination, Sturdivant verbally committed to Florida, but switched his pledge to UNC a week later.

UNC Career
A four-year starter at linebacker, Sturdivant was named first team All-ACC and a Butkus Award semifinalist following the 2009 season. That year, he started all 13 games (began the season at middle but was moved outside for the final seven games), led the team with 79 tackles and was second with 12 tackles for a loss. During his true freshman season, he played in all 12 games and started five, finishing with 47 tackles, a sack, an interception, and a blocked punt. In 2008, he led the nation with 87 solo tackles and led the team with 122 total stops, while starting all 13 games at outside linebacker. His final season was derailed by a hamstring injury that forced him to miss five games. He still finished third on the team with 61 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss and three sacks.

Post-UNC
The Arizona Cardinals selected Sturdivant in the sixth round (171 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was released during the preseason but eventually signed to the Cardinals practice squad. Following the 2011 season, the Cardinals signed him to a "futures" deal, adding him to the 2012 preseason roster.


JAY WOOTEN
Position: Kicker
School: Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County
Scout.com Rating: 2 stars (No. 9 K)
UNC Career Rating: 2.0

Recruitment
In May of his junior year, Wooten verbally committed to UNC over scholarship offers from Clemson and LSU. He stuck to his pledge through UNC's coaching change.

UNC Career
Following a red-shirt season in 2007, Wooten handled kickoffs and split time with Casey Barth as placekicker. That season, he averaged 60.8 yards on 54 kickoffs, converted all 11 PAT attempts, and was 4-of-6 on field goals. During the summer prior to the 2008 season, he left UNC.

Post-UNC
Wooten transferred to South Carolina and sat out the 2009 season. In 2010, he handled the majority of the team's kickoff duties, logging five touchbacks and averaging 63.6 yards on 65 kickoffs and converted his lone PAT attempt. He continued to handle kickoffs for South Carolina in 2011 (61.4-yard average and six touchbacks on 67 kickoffs) and added placekicking duties (7-of-10 with a long of 49).


Career Rating Scale
5.0: All-American
4.0: 1st Team All-ACC
3.0: Multi-year Starter
2.0: Reserve
1.0: Limited Contributor
0.0: Never Enrolled
About The Rating System: Putting a numerical rating to a college career is no simple task. The goal of the rating scale was to measure the college impact of each player, in a way that could enable future class comparisons, while taking as much of the subjectivity out of the equation as possible. This is not meant to parallel the high school star ratings, as there are factors that make a direct parallell flawed.


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