Q&A: Wil Baumann

Wilmington (NC) Hoggard standout Wil Baumann committed to NC State on Wednesday, and Pack Pride caught up with one of the nation's top punters.

During the punting portion of NC State's recent football camp, it was apparent that there was Wilmington (NC) Hoggard's Wil Baumann and then, everyone else. At 6-4, 185 pounds, Baumann has good size and he showed the ability to get tremendous hang time and distance on his punts.

Rated the No. 2 punter in the nation by kicking guru Chris Sailer, Baumann averaged nearly 45 yards per punt as a junior and pinned the opposition inside the 20 yard line on 29 kicks.

A huge fan of the Wolfpack growing up, Baumann recently committed to State and fulfilled a lifelong dream to play for the Pack. He talked with Pack Pride about his decision.

Did you commit to State and can you talk about what led to your decision?

Yes sir, I committed to NC State. I grew up being a Wolfpack fan. It's close to home for one. You know, NC State is know for their engineering and that's my major so it just seemed to come together well for me.

You had a chance to visit State again this week. How did that go and what did you have a chance to see?

I went to NC State (on Wednesday). We went on a tour of the campus and checked out the dorm rooms. We checked out the Centennial and the main campus. We toured the Murphy center and had a chance to see all the facilities.

You were the only punter NC State had offered. What was coach Petercuskie's reaction when you told him you were committing to NC State?

I think me and coach Petercuskie were kind of on the same page. When I went to the camp two weeks ago and he offered me, we both kind of knew that was the place for me. He actually came and saw me a couple of months ago at my high school. We both get along really well and he's a very relaxed guy and I am too.

What other schools had offered you and who else was recruiting you?

Northwestern also offered me. I also talked to Duke, Clemson, Florida and South Carolina. I camped at all of those schools.

Were you glad to go ahead and make a decision now and get your recruiting out of the way?

It was a relief to go ahead and commit because I can go out my senior year, relax and focus on my senior year and it can be worry free.

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