Strong Kicker Drawing Interest From Tigers

This rising senior discusses his interest in Auburn and other colleges.

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.--Joe Surgan of St. Thomas Aquinas High School is expected to be one of the top kicking prospects in the South this year and the senior-to-be already has an offer from Auburn.

Auburn assistant coach Eddie Gran, who recruits south Florida for the Tigers, was in Fort Lauderdale last week to check out the kicker. Surgan says he got an offer from the Tigers and is interested.

"Right now, I have no favorites," he says. "Auburn is definitely one of the leaders though because they offered me. I want to weigh all of the options and see what is available when the time comes."

As a junior, he was named first team All-Broward County playing for American Heritage as he made 8-10 field goals and 24-25 points after touchdown. His longest field goal in a game is 48 yards. Seventy percent of his kickoffs went into the end zone for touchbacks last season.

"I have a strong leg and I think it is also good that I am never satisfied with where I am at," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers when asked what his strength is as a kicker.." I am always want to keep getting better."

Joe Surgan

In addition to Auburn, Surgan says he is considering Florida, Iowa State, Penn State, Pitt and Syracuse.

The 6-4, 200-pounder was a second team Florida All-State kicker as a junior when he played for American Heritage, where he was a two-year starter.

In the classroom, Surgan has a 3.6 grade point average and has scored 1,100 on the SAT so qualifying should be no problem. His longest field goal to date, in a practice, was good from 63 yards out.

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