Meet the New Walk-Ons

The impact of walk-ons is mostly felt in practice, yet every year a select group make valuable in-game contributions. Inside Carolina is introducing 11 walk-ons that have joined the program for the 2015 season.

Stephen Albright
Cardinal Gibbons HS (Raleigh, N.C.)
LB, 6-2, 193 lbs.

Following in the footsteps of his brother Eric, Albright accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity with UNC.

As a junior, Albright was named All-Big Eight Conference despite playing in just eight games due to injury. He compiled 86 tackles on the season.

Albright was also an All-Big Eight Conference lacrosse player as a senior at Cardinal Gibbons.

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Tommy Bancroft
Francis Park School (San Diego, Calif.)
LS, 6-4, 230 lbs.

UNC received a commitment from Bancroft the weekend of its 2014 season-opening win over Liberty. He selected the Tar Heels over a scholarship offer from Brown. He also received interest from Boston College, California, Colorado, and Syracuse.

The UNC preferred walk-on offer arrived a couple of months after Bancroft participated in the Tar Heels’ Specialists Camp.

Bancroft, who was trained by 18-year NFL long snapper David Binn, is the 99th ranked long snapper by Chris Rubio.

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Keith Beasley
Hillside HS (Durham, N.C.)
LB, 6-0, 202 lbs.

Unlike his fellow preferred walk-ons, Beasley, a Morehead scholar, won’t enroll at UNC until the fall semester.

Beasley accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the Tar Heels over a similar opportunity from NC State, as well as offers from Army, and FCS schools Brown, Davidson, Gardner-Webb, Penn, Western Carolina, and Wofford.

A two-time All-Pac 6 Conference selection, Beasley compiled 137 tackles (including 20 for a loss and 10 sacks), three interceptions, and seven pass break-ups as a senior. The season prior, he recorded 70 tackles, including 10 for a loss and eight sacks.

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Thomas Brown
Statesville HS (Statesville, N.C.)
WR, 6-0, 185 lbs.

Brown finished the 2014 season with 42 receptions for 464 yards and six touchdowns. The season prior, he caught 17 passes for 250 yards and a score.

In addition to his duties as a receiver, Brown punted (34.3-yard average as a senior) and served as the holder on placekicks and backup quarterback.

Brown was selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game on July 22.

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Zach Goins
Weddington HS (Monroe, N.C.)
WR, 6-1, 163 lbs.

As a senior, Goins caught 70 passes for 949 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also rushed a dozen times for 101 more yards.

While doubling as a cornerback, he accumulated 45 tackles, three interceptions, and 17 pass deflections.

Goins scored a 89.73 SPARQ rating thanks to a 4.6-second electric-timed 40-yard dash, 4.28-second pro shuttle, 36.4-inch vertical jump, and 31.5-foot power ball toss.

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Darius Graves
James B. Dudley HS (Greensboro, N.C.)
RB, 5-7, 180 lbs.

The two-time All-Metro Conference selection concluded his senior campaign with 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns on 156 rushes (8-yard average). He also caught 18 passes for 282 yards and a score.

Graves recorded a 69.87 SPARQ rating on the heels of a 4.88-second electric-timed 40-yard dash, 4.53-second pro shuttle, 30.3-inch vertical jump, and 33.5-foot power ball toss.

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Hunter Lent
Western Alamance HS (Elon College, N.C.)
P, 6-5, 218 lbs.

Lent accepted UNC’s preferred walk-on offer over scholarship offers from Georgia Southern and Wofford. He also had interest from Auburn, Duke, East Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

In three seasons as Western Alamance’s punter, Lent averaged 39.4 yards on 64 punts. He dropped eight of his attempts inside the 20 and posted a long of 65 yards.

Chris Sailer ranked Lent as the nation’s 22nd best punter.

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Manny Miles
University Lab School (Baton Rouge, La.)
QB, 6-0, 185 lbs.

Miles is of course the son of LSU’s head coach, Les. He chose a preferred walk-on opportunity from UNC over similar offers from his father, as well as Houston, Michigan, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss.

Although an ankle injury kept him out of several games, Miles still garnered All-Metro football honors while quarterbacking U-High to the Division II state championship as a senior. He finished the year with 1,952 yards and 23 touchdowns on 126-of-179 passes.

Miles is also a standout pitcher where he reportedly owns a fast ball in the 88-90 mile-per-hour range. He earned Class 2A All-State baseball recognition as a sophomore and pitched a no-hitter in the LHSAA state tournament.

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Logan Robinson
The Citadel
DL, 6-4, 225 lbs.

A 2014 graduate of Arlington (Va.) Yorktown – where he played with Tar Heel M.J. Stewart – spent the past season at the Citadel.

During his senior season at Yorktown, Robinson earned second team All-Liberty Conference honors. He finished that season with 52 tackles, 14.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three blocked kicks.

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Jaye Stackhouse
North Gwinnett HS (Suwanee, Ga.)
DB, 6-1, 190 lbs.

Yes, Jaye is the son of UNC basketball great Jerry Stackhouse. He’s also a former teammate and close friend to current Tar Heel Donnie Miles.

The two-star prospect selected UNC over scholarship offers from Georgia State, William & Mary, and Yale (UAB also offered before disbanding its football program). He also received interest from California, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, Stanford, and Tennessee.

While playing cornerback, Stackhouse intercepted five passes as North Gwinnett reached the 2013 GHSA 6A Championship game. He named to the All-Gwinnett County second team as a senior.

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Jared Worley
Northwood HS (Pittsboro, N.C.)
LB, 6-3, 200 lbs.

In three seasons, Worley accumulated 167 tackles, 4.0 sacks, and eight interceptions for Northwood.

Worley also played receiver as a senior catching 21 passes for 366 yards and three touchdowns.

Worley had a Columbia scholarship offer, but it was rescinded when the Lions changed its coaching staff. Fellow Ivy League school Cornell showed interest, but never offered.

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