Schott chooses Ball State

Steve Schott of Massillon, OH (Washington) will take his prolific kicking skills to the Muncie, IN school next season.

Despite garnering heavy interest from several programs and being noted as one of the top kickers in the midwest, Steve Schott stood without an offer for a long time, which is not out of the ordinary for any kicker. But after getting his first major college offer from Coach Brady Hoke, Schott quickly decided to be a Cardinal.

"Yes, Ball State is my first offer," Schott said. "I have received mail from about 50 or 60 division one schools but only about 8 or 10 were pursuing me seriously."

Schott attended camp at Ball State and fell in love with the Cardinals staff and the atmosphere in Muncie.

"I've been to two football camps at Ball State over the past two seasons and really liked the university and Muncie," Schott said. "The coaches treated me like an athlete and not just another person or kicker. I've been to a lot of college camps and Ball State has always been towards the top."

So far this season, Schott has continued to show off the strength in his leg that college coaches covet, especially on his kick offs.

"My Senior year is going well," Schott said. "I was named co-captain this year. I have over 55 points so far (and over 260 for his career) and I am kicking about 75% of my kick-offs into the endzone. I am averaging about 39 yards a punt. I hold several school records including most point in a career."

Schott, a four-year letterwinner, is also his school's all-time record holder in extra points with 155, and is currently tied at the top of Washington's career field goals made list with 29.

So far this season, Schott has made 6-of-11 field goals, including 2-of-4 from 40 yards or longer. That includes a long of 44 yards.

"My parents and I are planning an official visit in early December," Schott said. "From what I have read on the internet and been told by many, I think I will love Ball State."

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