Star Punter/Kicker Waiting on Kentucky

In June, <i>Inside Kentucky</i> brought to light one of the best kicking prospects of the future in <b>Anthony Piccirilli</b> from Pennsylvania. The senior-to-be has been very busy with the school starting, but managed to find some time to update us on his recruitment.

After a busy summer which saw him camp at Pittsburgh, Penn State, Notre Dame, WVU, Northwestern, Ohio State, Kentucky and Syracuse, star kicker/punter Anthony Piccirilli has enjoyed the time off.

"I am looking forward to starting my senior year of high school," Piccirilli said. "We started school on Monday."

With no offers in hand, but a boatload of schools ready to pounce once their scholarship numbers begin to take shape, Piccirilli is excited to see how things play out.

In particular, Kentucky.

"I talk to Coach Dunn at least once or twice a month," Piccirilli said. "Coach Dunn told me that if they don't find a top five junior college kid that I am there guy."

And from what Piccirilli has heard, that is good news.

"I've talked to a lot of people in and around the kicking circuit and they told me their talent pool is not that great this year, and that a lot of junior college kickers are on the west coast, so I think things are really looking good for Kentucky."

The Aliquippa (PA) native had 12 touchbacks and a punt average of 44.8 last season. He could very well be the next Glenn Pakulak for Kentucky with his booming leg which he exhibited in his first game of the year.

"I had 3 punts for an average of 43 yards, 2 were downed inside the 6 and the 3rd at the 16," Piccirilli continued. "I also hit a 44 yard field goal, and added 2 touchbacks."

As quoted from a previous interview with Piccirilli a decision might take some time.

"I think the recruiting process for most kickers and punters drags throughout their senior season," Piccirilli explained. "Hopefully when offers come in I can weigh out the options and have a decision shortly after my season, unless I receive an offer early from a school that I am really looking at.

I would love to get this process over with, as early as possible."


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