Wooten: Punter, Kicker and Recruiter

ROEBUCK, S.C. --- Jay Wooten has enjoyed the entire experience at the Shrine Bowl this week.

"Things are going good, real good," said Wooten, a UNC commitment. "It's been a lot of fun. I've met a lot of new people. Going to the hospital and meeting with the children is just a great experience."

Wooten, a 6-foot-3 170-pounder from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County, will be handling all of the kicking duties for North Carolina's Shrine Bowl squad. By contrast, South Carolina has a separate kicker and punter.

"It's kind of an honor to be selected to do both [kicking and punting]," said Wooten. "It's a little bit more to keep up with, but I don't mind. I'm having fun doing it."

Off the field, Wooten is holding an additional duty as recruiter.

"I'm trying [to recruit]," said Wooten. "I'm working on all these boys a little bit. Everybody that's not coming to Carolina I want them to come to Carolina. I told Desmond [Roberts] – he deep snaps – I said ‘Hey, we can be teammates at North Carolina and do the same thing we're doing here.'

"There're a lot of people that are undecided or are kind of taking a step back. I know Dominique Ellis, talk to him a lot and trying to tell him he needs to come along. Whoever's listening, I'm trying to tell them Carolina is the place to be."

Throughout the head coaching change at North Carolina, Wooten has never wavered from his commitment.

Wooten dropped by Chapel Hill for the Ohio State basketball game where, during halftime, he spoke to UNC's newly hired head coach Butch Davis for about 15 minutes.

"I met Butch Davis a few weeks ago," said Wooten. "Love him; I think he's a great guy, great coach. I'm really excited about playing for him."

Yet to be discussed is which duties Wooten will be responsible for with the Tar Heels.

"I guess [my position] is going to be decided once I'm up there," said Wooten. "Everybody asks me if I'd rather kick or punt, but where I can help the team is what I want to do."

Wooten ended his senior season by converting 40-of-44 extra points (91%) and 7-of-12 field goals.

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