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Kicker leads Hoggard prospects

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WILMINGTON, N.C.- The younger brother of highly-decorated North Carolina kicker Connor Barth, Casey Barth, leads a group of three potential Division I-A prospects at Hoggard High for the Class of 2008.
The younger Barth, also a kicker, could be tops at that position in the Tar Heel state for the forthcoming season. He made 77-of-78 extra point attempts (the one he missed was blocked) and hit 7-of-9 field goals with a long of 50 yards.
Barth has interest in the Tar Heels, but has not heard much from UNC, which signed Jay Wooten out of Laurinburg Scotland County in the Class of 2007.
"I like UNC, but they signed a kicker last year," Barth said.
Barth will attend Junior Day at South Carolina this coming weekend. His Gamecocks recruiter, defensive line coach Brad Lawing, is familiar with the Barth family having been on the staff at North Carolina that recruited Connor.
"I like the program (at South Carolina)," Barth said. "But I've never been down there. I'm looking forward to checking it out."
Barth also recently attended a Junior Day at Duke University.
"I thought the coaches at Duke were real cool and nice," he said.
Connor Barth was a Rivals.com Freshman All-American at UNC.
Offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper is another potential Division I-A prospect at Hoggard. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder does not have any scholarship offers yet, but is getting plenty of interest.
Maryland, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Virginia all are programs that Cooper has interest in at this time. He has visited Maryland, Duke and Virginia unofficially.
Wide receiver Luke Caldwell had a tremendous season statistically in 2006. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder caught 51 passes for 1,125 yards and 17 touchdowns (he also had one rushing touchdown) during his junior year. He averaged 22.06 yards per catch and 80 yards per game.
Duke and East Carolina are among the teams that have shown early interest in him. He went to the Pirates' Junior Day event last Sunday.
"I enjoyed it," he said. "I liked meeting the coaches and players. I like their scheme."
Caldwell also made an unofficial visit to Duke last year for a football game.
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