UNC Eying Wooten

With punter David Wooldridge graduating and kicker Connor Barth having one year of eligibility remaining following the 2006 season, the kicking department will be addressed with the 2007 recruiting class. Jay Wooten of Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County is a candidate who could fill the void at either -- or both -- positions.

"Right now, I've talked to the [UNC] coaches and I've met them several times," said Wooten. "Basically they're telling me they're in an odd situation right now with their senior punter leaving. They're definitely going to need someone to come in and step in and play. Basically they're still going through the evaluation process to see what they're going to do."

Done with their evaluations, LSU extended a scholarship offer to Wooten a few days ago. In addition to LSU and UNC, Wooten is high on the kicker wish lists of a few other big time programs.

"Penn State, I talked with them [Wednesday] and they said I'm their number one guy," said Wooten. "I've talked to Auburn as well [Wednesday], and they said I'm their number one guy, also. Florida I talked to [Tuesday]."

With so much up in the air in regards to offers and some much research to do, Wooten is keeping his favorites list open.

"Right now, to tell you the truth, it's wide open for me," said Wooten. "Basically, I want to go where I can play, where I can fit in, and help the school best. Once I get out to some of these schools, I'll get a better feel."

Wooten has already unofficially visited Auburn and North Carolina, and has definitely received a positive feel from the Tar Heels.

"I like North Carolina a lot – I really do," said Wooten. "The coaches are just great guys – every one of them I feel like I'm talking to a buddy when I talk to them. They make me feel right at home. The campus and the whole way they run their program I really like. So I'm definitely very interested, but everything is up in the air with me."

Over the summer Wooten plans to attend plenty of camps, but with conflicting dates isn't quite sure what his camping schedule will look like just yet.

As a member of Chris Sailer's 2007 Top 12, Wooten will be attending Sailer's invitation only Top 12 Camp.

A starter since his freshman year for Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County, Wooten converted 8-of-13 field goals during his junior season. He also kicked 70-percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks. In his first year punting, he landed 19 inside the 20-yard line.

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