Update: The U-M Kicking Derby

From a list that spanned the country, it appears two are left standing as Anthony Fera and Brendan Gibbons are the two kickers waiting on a Michigan offer. GBW caught up with both kickers for a first hand report on just what is happening.

Earlier this summer, Anthony Fera came up from Houston to kick for the Michigan coaches during the team's annual summer camp. A week later, during the Wolverines' actual kicking camp, another prospect from down south, West Palm Beach product Brendan Gibbons was named one of the top kickers at the camp. Now, it appears they are the final two in consideration for a scholarship from the maize and blue this year.

"I got an e-mail from Coach Jackson saying I was one of the two kickers they were [considering] offering scholarships to," Fera said, "and that the special teams coordinator would be in touch this week."

Gibbons also has kept in close contact with the staff saying, "Coach Gibson wanted me to come up for a game. Coach [Brandon] Kornblue talked to them. They've been in a meeting. They are not offering yet, they're still deciding."

Both players have received interest from other schools. Fera says Baylor and Kansas State have recently showed increased interest and Gibbons is also being recruited by Central Florida and Florida Atlantic. Still, neither has received an offer as of yet.

They also both say they will stay on top of the situation as they wait for word from Ann Arbor. Fera says he would be slightly unprepared to make a decision if both are offered and it comes down to who commits first.

"I'm not sure what I would do, but I certainly would like a week or so to decide," he said.

As for a summer decision, Fera said, "It depends on if someone offers me before the summer, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get an offer. It also depends on if they'd give me time to decide, a lot of schools give two weeks to decide. I'd have to decide in the next two weeks and talk it over with my parents."

Currently in a similar situation to Fera's, Gibbons says he is staying patient and letting the Wolverine coaches do what they need to do.

"They're all still trying to get together and look things over and decide," he said, "It's a toss up right now."

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