Hawkeyes Offer Top Punter

The rules of football state that you can only have 11 players on the field at any given time. It's that 12th position on defense, that of the punter, that can be the difference in wins and losses, just how fearsome a defense can be. Iowa has had solid punting during the Kirk Ferentz era, and they have an offer into the nation's best for 2010

Being a kicker or punter on football team, you are usually stereotyped.

You are seen as not important at times. You are seen as not working hard at other times. For Whitefish Bay, WI kicking specialist Will Hagerup, however, the stereotype is thrown out the window.

"The recruiting attention I have received is incredible." says Hagerup, ranked the top punter in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com. "It is rare that a punter gets special attention. I am just trying to take it all in stride."

Iowa State, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan, Illinois, and Iowa, among others, have all offered the 6'4", 205 pound Hagerup the opportunity to play college football at no cost to him.

"It seems like a dream at times." Will says. "But I really work hard at what I do. My hopes for my college future are to be a punter." W

ill was recently offered by the University of Iowa Hawkeyes. Coach Lester Erb has been his main contact in Iowa City. But, there is another interesting connection the Hawkeyes and Will have.

"Yes, I talk to Coach (Eric) Johnson." Hagerup said. "He went to the same high school as me. He also played for the same coach I do. He has been a guy I can talk to, also."

Hagerup is still sorting out which schools he plans to visit, but Iowa seems to be one of the teams he will see.

"I am still trying to figure things out." Will said. "But it (Iowa) is definitely a place I want to go see. Their fans are pretty electric up there. They are very, very loud. It's amazing that they show up at 4 in the morning to just cookout. That's crazy."

Almost as crazy as a punter being given attention by schools all over the country.

"I am going to enjoy this." He says. "I am going to try and trim my visit list down, and maybe make a decision before school starts. I would never have thought I would get this much notice."

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