Cali Kicker Hearing from Florida

The Florida Gators will sign close to a full class in 2011 and it appears a couple of kicking specialists might be in that mix when all is said and done. Connor Loftus of Anaheim (CA) Servite is being recruited by Florida and has responded in kind to their advances. The outgoing Loftus has a pretty good pedigree when it comes to the kicking game and is just waiting on offers to come.

Some big time programs have been in touch with Connor Loftus and he expects more once he hits the camp circuit and can show off his booming leg in person on the college campuses.

"Florida, Nebraska, LSU, Boise State, USC, those are the big time schools looking to offer a kicker right now," Loftus said earlier in the week. "I have offers from NC State and Air Force and have a lot of interest from a lot of schools. The offers start coming when you go to college camps.

The Gators flew out to see Loftus in person but weren't allowed to really talk to him. Coach Brian White made the trip to California recently and afterward talked to him about coming down to Gainesville in June and camping with the Gators. At the camp, he will be reunited with Gator assistant D.J. Durkin who also coaches the special teams at Florida.

"I talk to Coach White and also talk to Coach Durkin too," he said. "(Durkin) recruited my brother to Stanford and so we built a relationship there. We went to the junior day up there and spent some time with him and he's a good guy."

"(The Gators) said they like my strong leg and I am accurate. I will plan on going to Florida for a day for camp."

Loftus has a family background in kicking. His uncle was former Cincinnati Bengal All-Pro punter Pat McInally. McInally was drafter in the fifth round of the 1975 NFL draft and played for the Bengals from 1976-1985. Because of the family connection, there was just enough there to get him on the field as a young man to learn how to kick the ball.

"My uncle punted for the Bengals for 10 years , went to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl," Loftus said. "My mom always grew up around kicking and punting. When I was a kid my dad always took my brother and I out. He learned to teach us how to kick field goals through reading a book. My brother got a full ride to SMU and I am planning to fall in his foot steps with a scholarship."

As for where he has his heart set on going? Loftus grew up a Notre Dame fan. That will matter very little in the final decision.

"I am Irish Catholic...when I was six year old my mom made me watch 'Rudy', so I have kind of had Notre Dame ingrained in me," he said. "But, I am looking at any college, I just want a great education.

It's going to be about the things outside of football that eventually lead him to his college decision.

"It is really about the fit," he said. "I want to walk around the campus and see how it feels. I am kind of a book guy and I like school. The coaches are important. Good looking girls are also really important. Girls and the school are at the top of the list."

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