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.


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.


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.


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.


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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