Washington kicker has Army offer

After wowing them at the Chris Sailer Kicking camp this summer, Matt Philichi, who had been ranked by Sailer in the 40's, moved all the way up to number-11 nationally. That caught the attention of quite a few D-1 programs including Army. The Black Knights staff were the first to extend an offer to the 5-foot-9, 175-pound kicker/punter out of Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, Wash.

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"The day before yesterday an offer from Army came in the mail," Philichi told ArmySports.com. "I called my recruiter, Coach Waugh, but he was in a meeting so I haven't had the chance to talk with them yet. I'm pretty sure they talked to my coach. I'm looking forward to speaking with them. I know Coach Monken is a pretty cool coach who came in this year.

"To be honest, I wasn't expecting the offer. I actually had been vacillating on the idea of serving my country or going to a different D-1 program. I like the idea of the U.S. Military Academy with the value on education and athletics, two things I excel in. Bellermine, the high school I go to, emulates the same values Army has with the importance of the brotherhood and teamwork. Giving back to our country is always something I've wanted to do and been interested in."

After attending six camps over the summer including the Sailer camp, Philichi says he's started hearing from the Pac-12 schools, Ivy League schools, and the three service academies.

"I felt like my highlight tape was really good but wasn't on par with my ranking," Philichi said. "When I got moved up in the ranking to 11th overall, I think it reassured a some of the coaches. I think the biggest thing that's getting me noticed, I think, is my accuracy as evidenced by my made field goals. On kickoffs, distance and hang time are really my strong suit. They're almost equal in strength and that's what's attracted the D-1 coaches to me. This will be my first year as the starting punter. I've spent the off-season honing the position and I'm get looked at as a punter as well."

Philichi said he had three game-winning field goals that allowed him to stand out in his junior season. Two game-winners came in Bellarmine Prep's playoff run to the state semi-finals. For his junior performance, Philichi was named All-City and All-Conference for the second straight season. He was also named to the Ultimate Northwest team in the Seattle metro area, an honor he says he very much appreciates, and has been named pre-season All-State.

Philichi's senior season gets underway on September 5th with a game Bonney Lake.

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