Kickers are easily the most under appreciated position on a football team. They're rarely mentioned until the game is on the line but when that crucial, game-altering play arrives, no player is more important. It's much the same on the recruiting trail as well. Kickers rarely get the coverage of other position groups but they can often emerge as key parts of a recruiting class. One player who will be looking to raise his stock and hopefully become a part of some school's class of 2007 is Cory Wax from T.C. Roberson High School in Asheville, North Carolina.
As a junior, Wax, 6-1, 170 pounds, put together a solid season. He connected on 7-of-15 field goals with a long of 38 yards and tallied 14 touchbacks. As a punter, he averaged 42 yards per kick with a long of 61 yards and nine being downed inside the 20-yard line. However, Wax's season came to somewhat of a premature end when he suffered a serious leg injury prior to the end of the 2005 season.
"It was the practice right before our last game," Wax told Pack Pride. "I made a kick and came down wrong on my leg. It twisted wrong, and I ended up breaking it. I ended up having a plate and eight screws put in.
"I had just started punting last year and became really good at it. But now, I'm working hard to get my technique back down so I would say my place kicking is probably ahead of my punting right now."
Although he's still working to get back to 100% on punts, his performance at the A.C. Reynolds Shrine Bowl combine wasn't shabby. Wax averaged 57.4 yards per punt and 4.29-seconds of hang time at the event and that was enough to get a selection to the invitation-only Shrine Bowl Combine held at UNC recently.
As for recruiting, Wax is still in the process of trying to get his name out to prospective colleges and he hopes his showing at several camps this summer will catch the eye of a future school.
"I just went to the Ray Guy camp up at Eastern Kentucky last weekend and I thought I did really well," said Wax. "I'm going to LSU this weekend for their camp, and they are a school I've always liked. My family has been getting season tickets to LSU for like 50 years.
"The week after that I'm going to Clemson and I'm going to a kicking.com combine after Clemson."
Although the rising senior is open to any interested college, he would love the opportunity to play for one of the major colleges close to home.
"I would like to play for one of the bigger schools that isn't too far away," said Wax. "I like Carolina but I know they just got a commitment from Jay Wooten.
"NC State is great. and I like them a lot. I know they got a commitment from Nathan Franklin last year so I'm not sure if they're looking for a kicker this year. Their kicking camp is June 14-17 so I'm going to try to make it up there if I can fit it in."
With better than seven months to go before signing day, time is on the side of Wax and his efforts to land a division one scholarship. Pack Pride will follow him through his senior year to see how his recruiting turns out.