Another Barth Headed to the Hill

Casey Barth has decided to follow in his brother's footsteps and spend his college days at North Carolina.

"I've decided to commit to [North] Carolina," Barth said. "I just told Coach [John] Lovett. He just said congratulations and get ready for next year."

Barth, a kicker from Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard, will walk-on to the football team this fall and will be placed on scholarship for the spring semester.

Given the circumstances, it doesn't appear that Barth will sign a National Letter-of-Intent on Signing Day this week.

"I'm not positive yet, but I think because it's a walk-on thing I won't sign or anything," Barth said. "I'll probably just enroll."

Barth selected UNC after taking an official visit to Air Force, which has offered him a full scholarship, over the weekend.

"[UNC is] a nice place that I like to be at," Barth said. "And the football is something that I've just kind of grown to love, too.

"It's kind of like my second home. I've been there the last four years watching my brother. I know it's obvious sounding, but that's basically what it was."

At Hoggard, Barth handled all kicking duties – just like his brother. While nothing has been determined yet, place kicking will be Barth's primary focus when he arrives at UNC.

"I'm guessing I'm place kicking, but it's still up in the air," Barth said. "Obviously, Jay [Wooten] is already there, so he has a head up on me. He's been there a year. I'll come in and try to compete."

With the graduation of Conner Barth, both the place kicking and kick off duties are open.

"I think they're just going to see how [Wooten] does in the spring with the kicking and punting and just go from there," he said.

"I think they want me to compete with [kickoff duties], too. I know they like Jay kicking off right now, I guess it all depends on what happens in the spring. Terrence Brown, I think he's going to compete for the kickoff, too."

As a senior, Barth converted 64-of-65 extra points and 14-of-18 field goals with a long of 52 yards. He also averaged 42.1 yards per punt with a long of 57 yards and placed 22 of his 37 attempts inside the 20-yard line. Of his 90 kickoffs, 49 landed in the end zone for touchbacks.

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