Competition arriving soon

Ammon Lakip, the final 2011 signee who publicly committed to Clemson, will compete for playing time immediately upon his arrival.

PK Ammon Lakip Profile

Lakip was added to the Tigers' commitment list in late January. The three-star kicker from Alpharetta, Ga. selected Clemson over Georgia Tech. Auburn offered him a spot as a greyshirt. Maryland and Utah had preferred walk-on invitations.

The No. 8 kicker in the class of2011 signed out of Chattahoochee High School, the same school that sent Mark Bucholz to Clemson. Since Lakip graduated in late May, he's been kicking and working out with Atlanta-area strength coach Ryan Goldin.

"Kyle Parker worked out with him. A lot of the college local people work out there," Lakip said. "I've got a set of Clemson balls from Mark Bucholz. I've just been kicking those about three or four times a week. I do speed and agility with a trainer at Ryan's."

He kicks with Atlanta-area kicking instructor Brian Holmes, who spent time kicking in various professional leagues, including the NFL.

Lakip, who hit 14 of 20 field goals during his senior season, will enroll at Clemson during the second summer session with an eye on winning the starting place kicking job.

"I know the snapper, Phil Fajgenbaum, he said he'll be there for the second term. I know Dawson Zimmerman will be there. I'll probably just do a lot of work with them," he said.

After Zimmerman's departure, Lakip hopes to compete for the punting duties, too.

"I don't see myself taking for Dawson. He's kind of hard to beat. I hear the preferred walk-on [Greg Colquitt] is pretty good," Lakip said. "I'm just going to use it as practice. Maybe in the future that could be in play."

As a senior, he was 2 of 3 from 50 yards or more, including a long of 51 and 63 of 64 extra-point attempts. On kickoffs, 80 percent of his attempts went for touchbacks.

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