Jack Faron wasn’t expecting to get the news he received on Tuesday.
A Class of 2017 kicker and punter at Parkway North High School in Maryland Heights, Mo., Faron received his first scholarship offer from a school he hadn’t spoken to previously — Tennessee Tech.
“That was out of the blue,” Faron said. “I’d never even talked to Tennessee Tech before. My coach (Bob Bunton) called me into his office today and he told me that he needed me to call them and that’s when they offered me.”
Faron said the Tennessee Tech coach told him they’d love to have his visit campus and love to have him on their team and that he’d be a candidate to start once he got there as a freshman.
The St. Louis area has produced some good kicking prospects over the past few years like Austin Seibert, a kicker and punter who recently finished his freshman season at Oklahoma, and recent Missouri early enrollee Tucker McCann.
Faron looks like he will keep that pipeline going and may be able to contribute to a school like Seibert, as a kicker and punter. He said he’s always focused more on kicking but is getting better punting.
“I think I consider myself more as a kicker — definitely a couple years ago I would have said way more as a kicker,” Faron said. “But my punting is coming along more and more. So I kind of see myself as more of a dual threat now, but I think I’m a little stronger at kicking.”
Kohl’s Professional Camps has rated Faron as the sixth-best kicker in the Class of 2017 and the 24th-best punter.
Besides his first scholarship offer, Faron has spoken with some schools and attracted early interest.
“So far I have talked to Louisville, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech,” he said. “… Also Eastern Michigan has talked to me. Eastern Michigan invited me to their Junior Day. Louisville just did also.”
Faron said he is planning to make as many of the Junior Day visits that he is able to. Then this recruiting could ramp up this summer when he attends more camps and gets out to see more schools.
For now, that first scholarship offer was a big relief.
“I’ve just been waiting,” Faron said. “I just sent out overs 150 letters to schools just hoping one of them would respond to me. Then finally Tennessee Tech talked to me and I thought that was like a weight off my shoulders.”