Wooten Confident in UNC

While not happy with the decision to relieve John Bunting of his head coaching duties, Jay Wooten has faith in the administration at North Carolina to make the best decision for the football program.

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    "Obviously, I've got a ton of respect for Coach Bunting and his staff and I hate that everything is happening like it is," said Wooten. "But, I feel confident the University has a plan in mind and definitely is going to bring in a great coach and a great leader to replace him."

    When Wooten, a 6-foot-3 170-pound kicker from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County, decided to verbally commit to North Carolina in May, it was based on numerous factors. Therefore, Bunting's departure following this season isn't enough to force a de-commitment from Wooten.

    "I made the decision to go there for many reasons – football being one of them, but not the only one," said Wooten. "There's a ton of factors that drew me to the University of North Carolina. There's a lot more to the four years of living there than just the fall Saturdays in Kenan [Stadium].

    "I feel like UNC is the place for me. I just hate that I'm never going to get a chance to play for Coach Bunting. I just think it's a tough time for everybody involved."

    Since the coaching change was announced, schools have inquired about Wooten, but he isn't wavering.

    "Other schools have come on, but I still feel like Carolina is the place for me," said Wooten. "I'm definitely watching to see who the new coaches are going to be, but I still feel Carolina is the place I want to be."

    Wooten was made aware of the situation by his recruiter at UNC, assistant Tommy Thigpen.

    "Sunday night I got a call from Coach Thigpen and he let me know the news," said Wooten. "We didn't really talk about him, but he talked about me being a Tar Heel. He was a little down about the situation – but we all are."

    While he's also being recruited as a punter by UNC, on the year for Scotland County, Wooten has converted 32-of-34 extra points and has kicked six field goals with a long of 42 yards.

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