2008 Intro: Casey Barth

WILMINGTON, N.C. --- Following in the footsteps of older brother Connor, who is North Carolina's place kicker, Casey Barth is hitting up all the national kicking camps building up his reputation as one of the nation's top kicker prospects in the 2008 recruiting class.

In January, Barth, a Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard product, was invited to Chris Sailor's kicking camp in Las Vegas.

"It was good, I liked it a lot," said Barth. "There were a lot of good kickers out there, so I got to stack up against some of the best in the U.S."

At the end of the camp, Sailor, a nationally recognized kicking expert, ranked Barth eighth in the nation at kicker for the 2008 class.

"I was excited about that, but I still want to get better," said Barth.

Prior to that, Barth participated in the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine.

"I didn't think I did as well as I could do, but I think I did all right [and] showed them a little bit," said Barth. "I like to be smooth when I hit the ball. I think I showed them a little bit of my mechanics. I think I could have done a little better."

Until summer hits, Barth will take a hiatus from camp participation.

"Usually during the summer I like to go to some of the camps to help you get your skills down," said Barth. "This coming summer I'll probably go to a lot of college camps; kick off the ground, showing what I can do, so if I can get some more interest."

Barth is still mapping out his summer camping schedule, but figures to include Duke, North Carolina, and South Carolina among his travels.

In the meantime, Barth has attended junior days at Duke and South Carolina. Both schools – and possibly UNC – are looking to sign a kicker with their 2008 class.

"I know Duke and South Carolina said they're going to take a scholarship a kicker next year, so I'm trying to see if I can get on their radar," said Barth. "I think my brother said UNC might give a scholarship to a kicker – I'm not sure. We'll see how it goes."

If North Carolina does indeed decide to sign a kicker with this recruiting class, Barth's connections provide an unmatched edge.

"I think it helps, because [Connor] puts in a good word for me; and I kick up there sometimes so their coaches see me more [than other schools]," said Barth.

While those connections work both ways, Barth isn't ready to name any favorites.

"During the season, I go up there a lot and it's a nice campus," said Barth. "I'm not really favoring any schools right now. I'm open to anything."

Although he does handle punting duties at Hoggard like his brother did, Barth is a placekicker and kickoff specialist on the collegiate level – like his brother.

"He's just a deadly accurate kicker," said Scott Braswell, Hoggard's head football coach. "He's got a great mental focus and concentration level. He's extremely accurate out to 45 yards.

"His leg is getting stronger on his kickoffs. My guess is this coming year he'll probably be up to 90-percent of his kickoffs in the end zone.

"Casey is kind of the complete package – just a good mental outlook, good work ethic, real strong grades, a good strong leg, and I think his accuracy is his greatest strength."

During his junior season, Barth was named to the Associated Press's All-State Football Team at kicker after accumulating 98 total points. He converted 77-of-79 extra points and 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 50 yards.

As a punter, Barth averaged 31.7 yards-per-punt on 19 attempts. He had a long of 47 and placed six of those punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.

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