Punter secures walk-on spot

Adrian Lamothe was considered one of the best specialists in North America for the class of 2013, and he waited on the right opportunity to figure out where to continue his career. On Monday, he was accepted into the University of Alabama.

"I have been accepted to the University of Alabama for admission," Adrian Lamothe told BamaMag.com Monday. "Roll Tide!"

The Mexican punter has been on Nick Saban's radar for some time, accepting an opportunity to walk on to the football team this fall in the process.

"I've gotta keep training hard," he added. "I've been told that I should be there by August 15. I feel that I've reached a higher level where I need to work harder each day, it's a new goal. I've been training daily here in Monterrey (Mexico).

"Weights in the morning and punting in the afternoon."

Alabama accepted the scholarship commitment of three-star J.K. Scott just last month, but he'll be a freshman in 2014. The two will theoretically compete for the primary punter job for the Tide.

"I just hope that I can give a great impression with the coaches and I'm hoping to learn a lot from Cody Mandell when I get there," said Lamothe.

The incoming freshman, who previously refereed Alabama as a "dream come true," turned down a full scholarship offer and multiple partial scholarships in order to play at Alabama. The rare opportunity was too good to pass up.

"I spoke with (special teams coodinator/tight ends) Coach Bobby Williams, he is just awesome," he continued. "We talked about when could I be there for my first training session. He also recommended for me to take orientation at the University.

"Between August 15 and 20 I should be there."

The Central American, whose Monterrey Tech team played several American high school teams in nearby Texas during the 2012 season, will have to make a considerable adjustment at the next level.

"That is so I can kind of get to know the University and my dorm and get used to it before classes start," Lamothe explained. "I personally think that that is a great idea to get there early."

The long process, in which most of the members of the class of 2013 are already on campus at Alabama, had plenty to do with getting his name out there. In that regard, Lamothe went straight to a top kicking authority.

"One thing that I've gotta say is that I wouldn't have gone this far without the help of Coach Chris Sailer at Chris Sailer Kicking," he added. "He has definitely been my mentor since I started punting, he has helped me a lot and kind of pointed me on the right path. He is just awesome."

Lamothe, who plans on majoring in computer science engineering, was named to Sailer's "Top 12" list recently among all specialists nationwide.

View Lamothe's punting highlights from the Sailer camp in the video below.


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