Kip Smith Talks About Minnesota Visit

Kip Smith, a kicker from Broomfield (CO) Legacy who committed to Minnesota in late June, made his official visit last weekend for the Gopher game versus Wisconsin. Smith has helped his high school team to get off to a strong start. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Smith to learn about his senior year and decision to become a future Gopher.

Kip Smith made six extra points in their 42-3 win over Boulder last Thursday. Smith set a state record by making a 67-yard field goal against Mountain Range (to view the kick, check the you tube link http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2009/09/09/high-school-kicker-kip-smith-makes-67-yard-field-goal). The field goal came on a fair catch free kick with 12 seconds remaining in the first half. Broomfield's coach, Wayne Voorhees, told his returner to fair catch a punt at Broomfield's 43-yard line, which allowed Smith to take a free kick off a tee with no pressure from the defense.

The previous Colorado state record for longest field goal was 64 yards. The national high school record is 68 yards by Dirk Borgognone of Reno, Nevada in 1985.

Smith connected on on a 52, 51 and 40 yard field goal in their 20-14 win over Rocky Mountain and had a 52 and 47 yard field goal in a 40-15 win over Northglenn.

Smith told GoldenSports.Net that he is pleased with his teams play so far this season.

"It's pretty good. We are 4-1. We've got a big game against Fairview. I think that they are 5-0 right now, so that will be a pretty big game."

Smith is pleased with his own individual play.

"I think that I have done pretty good. I could be doing better with my punting. I am still trying to get used to it."

Smith didn't attempt a field goal in their last game, but has gotten several opportunities to show off his strong leg.

"I think that I am five for six right now. Most of the attempts have been long. I've had two 52-yarders and a 47 and 46. I have not really had any short ones. I like it when we score touchdowns better."

Smith said that he is working hard on his all-around kicking game to get ready for college, especially one particular area.

"My kickoffs. I am averaging about 75 yards. If I can get more hang time on them, that would be great. Getting back to getting used to kicking off the ground."

Smith attended the TCF Stadium debut against Colorado and made his official visit this past weekend. He said that that there is plenty to like about Minnesota's new stadium.

"It's awesome. I liked how it small so they can sell-out every game. I'd rather have a small stadium fill out rather than a big one with empty seats."

Smith, who was born in New Mexico and move to Colorado in 2001, said that there were several factors in his decision to commit to Minnesota.

"I liked the coaches and everything. I just liked the people, the Midwestern people. They are just really nice, down-to-earth people."

Smith said that he has thought about a possible major.

"I am kind of looking at kinesiology. I have a 3.0 GPA, kind of average."

Smith said that he is concentrating on just football as a senior,

"I am just football right now. I used to play soccer and basketball, but I'm just focused on football right now."

Smith admits that like most kickers who are hoping to get a scholarship that he knew that Minnesota's lone scholarship kicker Eric Ellestad was a junior.

"I think that every kicker kind of looks at the situations. This year, there were 20 schools that were going to offers kickers and I saw looking at the rosters and saw that he (Ellestad) was a junior, so I called them up and they wanted me to come out to camp. I was always a Penn State fan, so I wanted to go to the Big Ten."

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