Punter/Kicker Signs With Auburn

This prospect chose the Tigers over the Tide.

Birmingham, Ala.--Ryan Shoemaker, a three-year starter for Oak Mountain High School, officially signed scholarship papers with the Tigers on Wednesday. He chose Auburn over Alabama.

The 6-0, 192 punter and kicker helped Oak Mountain to the best season in school history with a 10-4 mark as a punter, field goal kicker and kickoff man.

He also had interest from Vanderbilt, Georgia and UAB, but narrowed his choices to the Tigers and Tide. He took official visits to AU and Alabama.

Oak Mountain reached the Class 6A state semi-finals before losing to Daphne, which finished as the runnerup to Hoover.

As a senior, Shoemaker made 12-18 field goals with the longest a 48-yarder. He hit 38-39 extra points. His coach, Jerry Hood, estimates that 75 percent to 80 percent of Shoemaker's kickoffs were touchbacks.

"He did a really good job for us as both a kicker and a punter," Hood says. "He averaged 39.5 yards per punt, but could really boom the punts when he caught them and that would help us a great deal with field position." As a junior, Shoemaker's punting average was 42.5.

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