Heels Offer Wooten

With the importance of signing a kicker in the 2007 class, the North Carolina coaching staff has asked Jay Wooten to fill that need.

"I just been offered by North Carolina," said Wooten. "[Thursday] my head coach was called by Coach [John] Bunting. I went down to the field house and called Coach Bunting back myself and he offered me a scholarship to play at North Carolina."

The Tar Heels join LSU, who made an offer a few weeks back, on Wooten's list.

"Right now it's just an honor to have an offer from a program like [North Carolina]," said Wooten. "I just have all the respect in the world for Coach Bunting and his staff, and I'm real appreciative that they felt I was their guy."

Given North Carolina's current scholarship position, the staff is asking Wooten to either decline or accept the offer relatively soon.

"They want me to make a decision soon," said Wooten. "They just told me they are in a very tough situation this year with their scholarships. After they offered me today, they told me they need to know pretty soon given the limited scholarships and the position they're in."

With the offer from UNC having just been made, Wooten isn't quite sure where he's leaning.

"I'm not sure right now, I'm really not," said Wooten. "My father and I have some talking to do and some things to sort out. We're in a tight situation right now."

Wooten, who is considering making an unofficial visit to Chapel Hill before deciding, isn't exactly sure when he will make his decision, but knows his decision is going to be made "pretty soon."

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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