Top prep kicker likes MSU

``I've worked with a lot of kids and he's one of the best I've worked with." --former Michigan State punter Greg Montgomery continued.

EAST LANSING - Everyone knows the kicking woes that Michigan State experienced this season. MSU single handedly loss the backyard brawl to Michigan because of not being able to make the easiest of kicks.

Kristian Bouw of Pamlico County (HS) in Bayboro North Carolina has Michigan State atop his list of five finalists. Bouw confirms he got a verbal offer from Michigan State during his outstanding junior season when he converted 10-of-12 field goal attempts including a 52-yarder. He was 42-45 on PATs and the three that didn't go in were blocked. 75% of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.

``Playing in the Big Ten is defitnitly a dream of mine," said Bouw. ``Just the atmosphere is amazing when the games are going on and it is a very top notch division which I am very pleased about because I do plan on taking my kicking career to the next level as well as into the NFL."

``I have been watching them," continued the British born Bouw ``and keeping track of them throughout the season and yes, I have been seeing some problems with the kicking game."

Bouw experienced some similar problems during his senior season at Pamlico County.

``It didn't quite go as expected," Bouw admitted. ``We had four returning starters which meant we had pretty much a new fresh squad this year which lead to quite a few mishaps. I had almost no chances to kick this year and had 4 out of my 5 field goals blocked."

``They did try their best in the situation that was given but being new to the varsity level, they had some problems getting used to it. So even though my stats don't show it, i have been getting better and i still train every day on my accuracy, consistency, and technique."

To tighten up his technique, Bouw turned to former MSU punter Greg Montgomery and counts his tutorage for helping him continue his improvement. Bouw points to his showing at the Shrine Bowl combine as his calling card to coaches.

``"We were down at camp — the Miami Kicking Expo — a couple months ago and I looked at him and his ability and was very impressed," Montgomery said. ``His leg strength and his work ethic were great and I said I wanted to meet with him immediately. He's raw. … I kind of look at him as a block of clay and we're trying to mold that clay."

``I've worked with a lot of kids and he's one of the best I've worked with," Montgomery continued. ``His main strengths are he is built well. He's long. He can use a lot of leverage when he comes into the ball. He's got a great work ethic. He's not lazy and he wants to learn."

Explaining his punting stats, Bouw said ``When I was at the Shrine Bowl combine, I punted and had a 55-yard average but I just pulled that out of my sleeve. I don't really punt at my high school because my coaches wouldn't let me ..they were afraid my leg would get hurt [if] someone would hit it."

Bouw has also received interest from Clemson, Wake Forest and North Carolina.


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