2013 Target: Matt Wogan

INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. --- When Larry Fedora reached out to in-state members of the 2013 class on Signing Day, he only spoke to one kicker – Matt Wogan, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder from Porter Ridge High School.

Scouting Report

"Special teams is such a whole phase for us – we practice it every day for 15 minutes," Porter Ridge head coach Blair Hardin said. "He's a whole reason why we've had success the past two years. We really try to discuss the hidden yardage and how important that is. He's the reason why we've had success there – on kickoffs, on punting, if we need a long field goal. He's just such a dynamic weapon [and] we're really blessed to have him – we really are.

"He has a great leg that's very strong and each year he's gained more confidence in his accuracy. He's always had unbelievable power and his accuracy has improved to go with that."

Prep Career

Wogan has been Porter Ridge's starting kicker since his freshman year. As a sophomore, he converted 74-of-76 PAT attempts and 8-of-16 field goal attempts, and booted 41 of his 75 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks (55-percent).

During his junior season, Wogan's placekicking numbers weren't as impressive (63-of-68 PATs and he missed his lone field goal), but his kickoff statistics improved. Nearly 85-percent (75-of-89) of his kickoffs landed in the end zone.

At North Carolina's kicking camp last summer, the staff handed out four placekicking awards. Wogan took home three of them – longest field goal, longest kickoff, and best field goal accuracy.

"It's a big accomplishment, because there were several seniors that signed with big-time schools there [competing]," Wogan said.

Wogan didn't participate in punting events at the camp.

"Sophomore year, I punted well, but I was pretty inconsistent," Wogan said. "This off-season, I got with some trainers – Mike Stricker and Dan Orner – and they helped me out a lot with the punting. Punting is now fun for me. When things are fun, you like doing it and you get better at it."

Wogan's big punting improvement didn't show in his average (42.67 yards as a sophomore compared to 39.94 as a junior), but it was evident in his accuracy. Fifteen of his 35 punts landed inside the 20 as a junior, compared to three of his nine as a sophomore. Also, his career long, 67 yards, occurred during his junior campaign.

Recruitment

Besides UNC, Wogan camped at Duke last summer. The only other recruiting trip he has made thus far is NC State's Junior Day a couple of weekends back.

The lack of recruiting trips hasn't stopped schools from recruiting Wogan.

"He's receiving a lot of interest from the ACC and SEC level right now," Hardin said. "He understands that most schools want the blue chip quarterback or D-lineman before adding a kicker. But he's made himself very marketable from a kicking standpoint."

Last Wednesday, Wogan spoke to Larry Fedora, where he was informed that UNC plans to recruit him.

"He said I'm the No. 1 guy for them right now," Wogan said. "He invited me to come up to the Duke-UNC [basketball] game Wednesday night. That was pretty much the gist of it. I was excited."

That conversation further cemented UNC as Wogan's favorite school.

"I love North Carolina," Wogan said. "I've liked them in basketball since I was little, because I was a front-runner when I was younger. But now, it's not just that – I love the campus, the football team."

In addition to UNC's Junior Day on Wednesday, Wogan is looking to visit and/or camp at Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

Extra Notes

Besides kicking and punting, Wogan plays wide receiver for Porter Ridge. During his junior season, he caught a touchdown pass against Mount Tabor that helped Porter Ridge win, 31-28.

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