Kunalic makes his college choice

Field position is an under-appreciated part of football. You either get it or you don't. When you can take it away good field position from your opponent though with a great punt or with a kickoff for a touchback you have a great weapon in your arsenal. That is why Nebraska needed a player to take the ball out of the hands of some of the best returners in the Big 12.

One of the top kickers in the state of Texas is Adi Kunalic. The 6-foot-0 and 180 pound kicker from Fort Worth (Texas) North Crowley decided to follow in the footsteps of Kris Brown and Josh Brown who started at Nebraska and have blazed trails to the NFL now.

"Yeah, that's pretty much it," Kunalic said. "I just called Coach Shawn Watson last night and I committed to him and Nebraska over the phone."

"I was going to decide soon, but my parents really wanted me to go with Nebraska. It's in the Big 12 and its closer than what Washington State is."

Kunalic also got the word from the Nebraska staff that he was one of two offers to kickers. That information might have been enough motivation to go ahead and get the commitment out of the way.

"Yeah, I talked to the coach and he said that they did offer another kicker with me. He said that they would only be taking one. I just didn't want to lose that spot."

Kunalic hasn't been to Nebraska before, but the fact that it's closer to Texas than Washington State is one thing and playing in the Big 12 is another. He knows that there will be away games that will bring him back closer to home than what out of conference games might with Washington State.

"Nebraska has a really good team. It was crazy how Nebraska came back this weekend against Texas A&M. They just never gave up."

"I have been watching them (Nebraska) all season long. I really watch a lot of college football and they are on TV a lot here. They have great football tradition."

As most kickers are, Kunalic is also a standout soccer player. After some close calls last year with injuries, Kunalic isn't planning on playing soccer this year and is planning on spending more time now with his kicking coach.

"I had some pretty close calls last year. I am not going to play soccer this year. I will spend my time working out and working with my kicking coach."

"His name is Rocky Willingham and he is in the Texas area a lot. He does a lot of camps. He has taught me everything and I trust him. He works out with a lot of guys like from Baylor, Texas Tech and some other schools."

Kunalic was set to take his official visit to Nebraska on 11/24. Now with the commitment out of the way he will take his official on 12/8 for the senior banquet that will give him a better shot to talk to more of the current players.

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