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Friday, January 30, 2015

Class of 2015 Kicker & Punter Recruiting, part 3

Our fourth 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?
Following is the final batch of answers:

Connor Allen, Wisconsin
  1. The most beneficial advice I got was that for kickers and punters everything is gonna happen right at the end of the whole process in the last week or two before Signing Day. 
  2. One thing I learned that I wish I knew beforehand was that there will be a lot of ups and downs during the recruiting process. You can't get too positive on the ups and too negative on the downs, because there will be a lot of them throughout the process with schools choosing a different guy and new schools you never heard of before giving you a call and then all of a sudden have you as their top guy. You just have to be patient with everything.
Evan Burig, Ohio Dominican
  1. The most beneficial advice I got was to keep an open mind throughout the process and to make sure that you love the school you want to go to. You have to ask yourself, if I get injured and can never play again, would I still be happy at this school?
  2. I wish I would have known beforehand that recruiting is essentially a game. Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to ask about what other kickers and punters they are recruiting. Also, kickers and punters are usually offered very late in the process, so be patient.
Brady Cormier, The Citadel
  1. I think the most beneficial thing was when someone told you when one school closes a door another school will come up. Yes it's hard to get recruited in kicking but it's worth it. Kickers are the last ones to get picked up by teams so you just have to be patient and keep working till the right schools come and offer. 
  2. I wish I would've known how hard it was to get a scholarship and how many people I was going up against and realize how much work I have got to put in to be better than all of them.
Daniel LaCamera, Texas A&M
  1. The most beneficial advice I received before going through the recruiting process is to put myself out there for college coaches to see. The best way to do that is to go to camps like Kohls kicking camp. They are well trusted by college coaches for many reasons. Their honesty, integrity, and ability to truly transform normal kickers into great ones.
  2. One thing I learned through the recruiting process I wish I knew beforehand is that you have the ability to communicate to coaches through social media. For example Facebook and Twitter. Communication is a necessity when trying to get recruited.
Andrew Galitz, Baylor
  1. The most beneficial advise I received before the recruiting process was to go to all the Kohls kicking camps and Chris Sailer kicking camps.
Brian Bravo, Purdue
  1. The best advice I received probably was to be patient and colleges will come along. 
  2. One thing I wish could have known before is to never put your full trust into coaches because you never know what they will do.
Steven Sawicki
  1. I think the most beneficial thing to know before going through the recruiting process is just the fact that if you're good and you can show that, coaches will find you. But you also have to take the initiative to contact coaches to get your name out there.
Matthew Cummins, Central Arkansas
  1. Search for a school that if football doesn't work out that you'd be happy at. Getting a good education and having a good life outside of football are some of the most important things kids should consider.
  2. I can't think of anything I wish I would have known before. I was pretty prepared going into the recruiting process because my dad helped me through it a lot and coaches at Kohls camps and other kicking camps I attended made sure to give us tips and advice about it.
Bennett Moehring, Navy
  1. Stay true to yourself, remember that God has blessed me with this talent, always work your hardest, and stay on your toes!
  2. The things worth having in life aren't going to come easy. Meaning if you're stuck with a tough choice on where to go to school you might as well pick the most challenging one because it will pay off for you drastically in the long run.
Michael Tarbutt, Connecticut
  1. Keep working hard because there are only so many scholarships available, never mind for kickers, but if you put in the time, work, effort, and dedication it can happen. 
  2. I mainly wish I started the process earlier and that going to kick in front of college coaches at their kicking camps is the most important thing. Always establish relationships with coaches as early as you can because you never know where they could end up or if that's what can be the difference between a walk on opportunity or a full ride.

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