Signee Update: Jay Wooten

While most North Carolina signees are working on bulking up as much as possible before enrolling, Jay Wooten is making sure he doesn't put on pounds.

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  • "The biggest thing – according to the kicking coaches I've worked with – is my flexibility," said Wooten. "They've actually told me to stay away from gaining too much [weight], [because] you'll lose flexibility. That will kind of restrain your range of motion with kicking and my leg strength. That's probably my greatest strength – being flexible and having a good range of motion."

    Wooten, a 6-foot-3 185-pound kicker from Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County, kicks three times a week, and does leg workouts on the alternate days.

    "My main priorities are just getting stronger, staying in shape, and just critiquing my technique," said Wooten. "It's really coming along pretty good. I'm excited to see what I can do when I get up there.

    "I'm kicking the ball real well off the ground. I'm getting it as high up in the air as I ever have compared to kicking it off the tee."

    Although he's been told to work on punting more than kicking, Wooten isn't sure what kicking responsibilities he will handle once he arrives at UNC.

    "I think there's going to be competition for everything," said Wooten. "In my personal opinion, the kicking position is locked up; I don't even think that's a question with Connor Barth.

    "I know with punting they have some concerns with that position with David Wooldridge graduating. I know they have John Choate, who's been doing good, and a few other guys including a JuCo guy [Terrence Brown]."

    Wooten said he just wants to get on the field.

    "Personally, I would love the chance to punt the ball," said Wooten. "Whatever they need me to do I'm happy doing. Of course I don't want to step out of my boundaries, so if that's not what they want me to do or need me to do, no problem.

    "I'm going to shoot for [playing time] just as hard as the next guy."

    Wooten was somewhat surprised by North Carolina's decision to sign JuCo punter Terrence Brown.

    "I talked to [the coaching staff] when [Brown] committed," said Wooten. "They said they just felt like they needed some more depth at the punting position. They didn't feel like they had a solid replacement for Wooldridge."

    Not only is Wooten fully qualified, he has already selected the classes he will take for the second summer session. He will graduate from Scotland County on June 7th and then head to UNC on June 17th for freshman orientation.

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