Meet the UNC's 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 five walk-ons that have joined the program for the 2016 season.

Layton Barber
Pinecrest HS (Southern Pines, N.C.)
OL, 6-5, 310 lbs.

Unlike the other incoming preferred walk-ons, Barber enrolled in the spring semester.

By walking on at UNC, Barber spurned scholarship offers from several FCS and Division II schools, as well as preferred walk-on opportunities from East Carolina and NC State.

A first team All-Southeastern Conference performer as a senior, Barber also played basketball and ran track for Pinecrest.

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Trevor Collins
Eastern Randolph HS (Ramseur, N.C.)
LS, 6-1, 235 lbs.

While playing center, defensive tackle, and long snapper for Eastern Randolph, Collins was named to the All-Randolph County and All-Pac-6 Conference teams. He finished the season with 18 tackles.

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Simeon Gatling
Dudley HS (Greensboro, N.C.)
DB, 5-10, 185 lbs.

Gatling accepted a preferred walk-on offer from UNC over scholarship offers from Army and Navy. He also received interest from Appalachian State, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Penn State.

As a senior, Gatling led Dudley with four interceptions. He also deflected six other passes and made 85 tackles.On offense, he carried the ball 46 times for 329 yards and six touchdowns.

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Thomas "Hunter" Sheridan
Charlotte Latin School (Charlotte, N.C.)
DL, 6-3, 220 lbs.

As a senior, Sheridan was a NCISAA All-State selection at linebacker accumulating 80 tackles, including nine for a loss and six sacks. He also started at fullback and tight end on offense and was a team captain.

In addition to UNC, Sheridan received interest from Duke, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale.

Sheridan was also a NCISAA All-State performer in lacrosse.

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David Smith, Jr.
Davidson College
RB, 5-9, 205 lbs.

A 2015 graduate of Raleigh (N.C.) Cardinal Gibbons High School, Smith spent the past season at FCS Davidson College. He played in seven games as a true freshman for the Wildcats finishing with 92 yards on 23 rushes and four receptions for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Besides being a two-time All-Big Eight Conference selection for Cardinal Gibbons's football team, he ran track competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100 relay team.

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