Steven Bohne, a 6-2, 170- pound P/K at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is starting to make waves on many recruiting radars. Bohne, a talented multi-sport athlete, has seen his recruitment pick up over the summer after some very successful camp performances at MAC Conference Member Central Michigan and Big Ten powerhouse Michigan. Marshall, Central Michigan, Army, Air Force, and Eastern Michigan have all shown increased interest.
While visiting Central Michigan for the team's annual kicking camp, Bohne walked away with an MVP title to his name. Bohne was named MVP of the camp after kicking successfully from forty-three yards twice. Another highlight came when Bohne watched one of his punts sail fifty-seven yards (the longest at camp).
After a stellar performance at Central Michigan, it was on to the University of Michigan Elite Kicking Camp that featured three of the top kickers in the country, including top rated kicker Zack Grossnickle. His performance was good, but not quite good enough to earn a scholarship offer.
What were Bohne's feelings about his performance? "I thought I did O.K. I had a baseball tournament the same week, so I was a little fatigued."
How did Bohne think he stacked up to some of the top kickers in the country? "As far as leg strength is concerned, I felt I was equal to just about anyone there—I just need to improve technically."
On the final day of camp, athletes were asked to compete against one another. How did Bohne do? "I had plenty of length, I just need to work on my placement."
After his last two camp performances, Bohne was recognized by Scout.com as the 2nd rated kicker in the state of Michigan, and ranked among the top 250 players in the state at #185.
Last season, Avondale was just 1-8 on the season before falling to 0-9 after it was discovered that they had used an ineligible player. Bohne was named Special Teams Player of the Year for his team after averaging 47.9 yards per kickoff, including seven touchbacks. He was also 1-for-1 for field goals, chipping it in from 37 yards away. He also hit 16 of 16 PATs and 5 punts inside the 20.
His junior year numbers were not overwhelming, but his sophomore year he impressed many by hitting 3 of 4 field goals, the longest of which was 38 yards, and also averaging 38.3 yards per punt.
Bohne is a multi-sport athlete for Avondalem earning All-District and All-League honors in Baseball his freshman and junior years. For the school's state-ranked soccer squad, Bohne was just a goal short of becoming the all-time leading goal scorer for Avondale, and he also earned All-League and All-District honors his sophomore and junior year while helping his team to the regional finals. In addition to football, soccer, and baseball, he also plays hockey for Avondale.
Bohne's most impressive accolade may be his Academic All-League Honors, which require him to maintain a 3.5 GPA.
What is Bohne's interest in Marshall? "I really like Marshall a lot, I like the tradition. They have produced some big-time players like Randy Moss and Troy Brown. My sister is a Marshall Alum, so I have been on campus, and the town is great."
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