UM Gets '06 Commit

Matt Bosher recalls a picture that was taken of him when he was just three years old. "I have a picture taken of me when I was three and I'm wearing all Miami clothes," Bosher said. "I've been Hurricanes everything ever since."

Bosher, a junior at Jupiter High School in Palm Beach County, is now one of the best kickers in the entire nation. His performance at a Kicking Expo last weekend confirmed that.

"Right now as a junior, he's the best kicker in the country," said Director of the 1-on-1 Kicking Expo, Coach Mike McCabe. "There is nothing else you can say about Matt."

Bosher, 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, has been playing football since eighth grade. Interestingly, his career didn't start as a kicker.

"I actually played defensive end that first year," he said. "Then when I came into high school I became a kicker. I stopped playing soccer, which I had done since I was five. Since then, I have focused on kicking."

Bosher, who carries a 3.3 GPA and will take the SAT in the next couple months, competed on the freshmen team his first year before getting promoted to the varsity team as a sophomore.

"That sophomore year was a little rough because I had jitters," he said. "I was nervous about being out there. That all changed this year. I got a lot better at kicking off and kicking field goals. I was able to learn to block everything out. I don't get nervous anymore because in my mind it's like I'm kicking outside with no people in the stands."

Unfortunately for Bosher, he's never been involved in a game-winning situation before.

"I'm ready for it," he said. "I came close this year but we weren't able to get in position. I'm looking forward to that opportunity."

Bosher was named Kicker of the Year in Palm Beach County in 2004, an award that current Hurricane punter Brian Monroe won in his junior and senior seasons. He finished the year averaging 35 yards per punt (on just 10 punts), sending most of his kickoffs into the endzone, and going 9-of-11 on field goals, with a long of 48.

"I had two misses," he said. "I tried a 58-yarder and I hit it good but it just fell about four yards short. And the other one, I just missed it from 38."

When asked what makes him different from other top kickers, Bosher says he has his own personal style.

"I really don't know because I just go out there and do my own thing," he said. "I don't ever pay attention to other kickers and therefore I don't really compare myself to anyone. I have my own style and it works."

The talented kicker attended UM's camp last summer, which began the evaluation process by UM's coaches.

"I went to the Larry Coker camp last summer and they saw me there," he said. "Otherwise, I haven't kicked in front of them."

Bosher, who also works with nationally-recognized kicking coach Mike McCabe, said he received big news from UM coaches earlier this week.

"They sent me a letter on Tuesday saying they were offering me a scholarship," he said. "I was so happy. I'm going to call Coach Coker on Monday to officially accept it. I'm going to be a Hurricane."

Bosher, who says he's friends with current Jupiter standout Courtney Harris, said it didn't take long to realize that's where he wanted to be.

"I've loved Miami my entire life," he said. "It's a great program. The coaches are awesome. I've met almost all of them. This is like a dream come true for me. It's a great school academically, it's close to home, and just has everything I'm looking for. I'm very excited."

Bosher knows John Peattie and Brian Munroe will both be juniors in 2005 so he's looking forward to his opportunity.

"Those guys will be seniors when I get there so I can use a year to learn and get ready," he said. "I'm sure there will be other guys in there too so I'll just go in and compete for the job. I'll do whatever the coaches ask me to do. I'm better at field goals and kickoffs than I am with punts, though. But like I said, it doesn't matter. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do it."

Since it's still over a year until signing day for Bosher's senior class, many people may wonder how his recruiting process will go.

"A big thing for me is getting the decision out of the way early," he said. "I don't want to have to deal with any of the pressure about making the right decision during my senior season. It's out of the way now. Becoming a Hurricane is a dream for me and now I'll have a chance to make it come true. I can't wait."

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