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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Class of 2015 Kicker & Punter Recruiting, part 2

Our fifth annual look at the move from high school to college for specialists continues. To get a sense of the key aspects of the recruiting process from the vantage point of the players, we asked kickers and punters from the Class of 2015 the following two questions:
  1. What would you say was the most beneficial advice you received before going through the recruiting process?
  2. Is there one thing you learned during the recruiting process that you wish you had known beforehand?
We received numerous responses, so this topic will span several posts. Following is the second of three batches of answers:

Gavin Patterson, South Alabama
  1. The most beneficial advice I received before going through the recruiting process is to stay positive. There's going to be times where things don't go the way that you would hope but you have to continue to stay positive and believe that good things will come. Some visits could go bad and you wont receive an offer but you have to continue to send film and continue to talk to the coaches.
  2. One thing that I wish I knew was that you do just as much recruiting as the college you're trying to attend. You have to reach out and talk to the coaches as much as possible. You may feel annoying, but if you continue calling they won't forget about you and end up getting on their recruiting board.
Morgan Hagee, Ball State
  1. Find a place where I will be happy regardless of what my situation ends up being when I'm there. Whether that means I start all four years and have a great career or don't play one snap. Cause you go to college to get a degree with football being second, goes with the idea of "student-athlete" with student being first. So if football doesn't work then you better be happy with the education and experiences of that school. 
  2. My dad has coached kickers and punters at all levels for 30 years so being exposed to it my whole life I learned a lot about it from my dad and other kickers that he has coached so I was prepared for just about everything that came at me during the recruiting process.
Zach Potter, Army
  1. The most beneficial advice I received was follow your heart and pick the college you feel most at home.
Rodrigo Blankenship
  1. Kicker recruitment is a whole different animal. It's a much slower moving process than the other positions, so you've got to be much more patient.
  2. The chaos that happens during the coaching carousel at the end of the regular season.
Justen Dubay, UT-Martin
  1. Constantly send emails and never give up. Always have a back up plan.
  2. I wish I would have went to more camps. But I got the school I wanted, so I'm very excited.
Jonathan Song, TCU
  1. The most beneficial advice would have to be "when you're on your visits, see where you fit in best". When I went on my visits, it was easy to tell which school I fit in better and who I got along with best. It's important to see how you get along with the rest of the team because that's who you will be spending most of your time with.
  2. During the recruiting process, I wish I would have contacted coaches earlier. Lucky for me, I received my scholarships from TCU and SMU early. However, I wish I would have contacted more coaches earlier and showed them my film. For kickers, it's hard to receive attention unless you're at the special teams camp. So I'd recommend trying to contacting coaches at an early stage of your recruiting process.
Matt Abramo, Washington State
  1. I can honestly tell you that the best advice that I received and embraced was that it's very important to be a student first, and an athlete second. Without good grades, I wouldn't have been recruited by the Pac-12 and the Ivy programs. Grades are very important in this process.
  2. The one thing I learned during my recruiting process and wasn't aware of beforehand was that it is very important to build a good relationship with the coaches at the programs recruiting you. The better the relationship, the more that you can find out about the programs that you're interested in, and the sooner you will know if it's a good fit for you.
Jake Bailey, Stanford
  1. The most beneficial recruiting advice that I received during the process was to not worry about having a off day while kicking at a camp. There will always be another one.
  2. Beforehand I wish that I would have started kicking off the ground earlier than I started. I feel like kicking off the ground earlier will benefit you more in pressure situations at camps.
Christopher Qualls, Louisiana-Monroe
  1. I would say the most beneficial advice before going into the recruiting process is be realistic. Know what you want before you contact a school whether it's getting a scholarship or playing at a D1 university. It took me hours to go through and pick out the schools that were needing punters.
  2. Coaches are not always up front with you. They may give you wrong leads. Also no matter where you are at you have no idea who is watching. I was at a TCU camp and it just so happened that the ️️Lousiana-Monroe Coach was there and got a good look at me before the offer came. So even if you had a bad day on the first day of a camp always bounce back strong on day two because who knows who could be watching.

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