Nickle impresses Minnesota staff

Oak Ridge (Tenn.) punter Brandon Nickle has become very accustomed to spending time on the road after hitting camps in Kentucky, Tennessee and most recently Minnesota this past week. After a very solid performance, Nickle has caught the Gopher coaches eye and he spoke with GopherDigest about his recruiting.

Oak Ridge (Tenn.) punter Brandon Nickle has become very accustomed to spending time on the road after hitting camps in Kentucky, Tennessee and most recently Minnesota this past week. After a very solid performance, Nickle has caught the Gopher coaches eye and he spoke with GopherDigest about his recruiting.

"I've been to Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota and I'm going to Clemson tomorrow," Nickle told GopherDigest. "I went to Clemson for their spring game earlier this year, so I'm excited to get back there to camp."

Nickle's visit to the Twin Cities was definitely a successful one.

"I loved my visit to Minnesota," Nickle said. "I was really impressed with the campus and especially their facilities. I also like the area around campus as it just feels like a good place. The other good thing about Minnesota is that coaches know things about kicking, so when something bad happens, you aren't going to have somebody that has no idea about kicking yelling at you."

The Gopher coaches were very interested in the Tennessee punter afterwards.

"I spoke with Coach Nunez and Coach Sawvel as they're the two special teams coaches," Nickle explained. "They said they are trying to figure out what they need because the punter will be a senior this year, but there is another guy that punt there, but that's about it. The long snapper is possibly about to take a job opportunity, so they have to see how things progress this summer and fall before they can talk offers. I'd definitely consider a walk-on or offer spot there as it's a really nice place. Kickers are also appreciated there unlike some places I've been and it just seems like a good place to be. It also seems like Minnesota is getting better every year and that they have a good school."

Minnesota's special teams appreciation sure has made an impression on Nickle.

"I really do like how their special teams are run there," Nickle said about Minnesota. "Having coaches for specialists mean that you have someone knowledgeable telling you what you're doing wrong when you mess up, and how to fix it. A lot of the kicking game in mental and having people around you that appreciate you means that most of the time when something goes wrong, they're aren't going to be jumping all over you because of one bad kick. The Gopher coaches said that the kickers work out with the team and have a good relationship with the whole team, so I like that. I'm looking forward to hearing Minnesota going forward."


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