Barth Offered Partial Scholarship

Slowly but surely the path is being created for Casey Barth to follow in the footsteps of his brother, Connor, who starred at kicker for North Carolina the past four seasons.

"[UNC] said they would guarantee me a scholarship in January of next year," Barth said. "I think I would walk-on for the fall semester and then get the scholarship at the start of the spring semester."

The proposal has moved UNC into the leader position for Barth, a 5-foot-11, 160-pound kicker from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard.

"It's definitely pretty high on my list," Barth said. "I'll definitely have to do a lot of thinking after [this weekend's] visit. But it's definitely at the top, right now."

Barth figures to learn more about the situation during his official visit to UNC this weekend.

"I'm trying to see if they can hopefully give me a full scholarship," Barth said. "That's not really up to me, that's up to them."

If UNC were to find a scholarship open for the fall semester for Barth, he says he "probably" would verbally commit. Outside of that, he's looking at Signing Day decision.

Next weekend, Barth will officially visit William & Mary. He is also scheduled to take an official trip to Air Force -- which offered him a full scholarship back in May -- the weekend of February 1st.

For Hoggard, Barth handled all kicking duties – just like his brother. As a senior, he converted 60-of-61 extra points and 14-of-18 field goals with a long of 52 yards. He also averaged 42.5 yards per punt with a long of 57 yards and placed 21 of his 33 attempts inside the 20-yard line.

UNC has yet to fully explain what duties Barth will undertake if he were to become a Tar Heel.

"For the most part, all they've talked about was field goal kicking," Barth said. "But I'm not positive yet."

If Barth ends up handling UNC's place kicking duties this coming season, he'll be replacing his brother, who holds UNC's record for field goals made with 54.

"I guess I think about [following my brother] a lot," Barth said. "But, I can't really worry about it. I just have to do my thing."

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