Micucci's Stock On The Rise

The recruitment process is not an easy one for a kicker. Colleges rarely recruit kickers, and often times, kickers have to work as a self-promoter to boost their recruitment. Take for example, Adlai Stevenson (IL) kicker Matt Micuccui.

It started at the beginning of his junior season. Matt Micucci began contacting coaches. He started by sending out emails to coaches, and then started contacting coaches with phone calls. This week, Micucci has begun taking unofficial visits.

It's not easy for a kicker to pick up offers, but Micucci knows that.

"You rarely ever see a kicker get an offer before the season starts," Micucci said. "Not only do the coaches have to see them kick in person, but they don't know if they're going to need a kicker. You're not going to see a lot of kickers get offers before their senior season."

So Micucci has taken the next step in being recruited, and is taking unofficial visits to interested schools. During his week-long spring break, Micucci has taken advantage of his time off by doing unofficial visits. He went to Northwestern on Tuesday, Purdue on Wednesday, and Illinois on Thursday.

"It's been going great," Micucci said.

Micucci's trip to nearby Northwestern was his first visit to the school after a lot of contact with the Northwestern coaches. On Tuesday, he finally got to check out the campus and meet the coaches in person.

"I've been sending them emails for a while," Micucci said. "I sent them my highlight video. Coach (Mick) McCall contacted my high school coach, and my coach gave them my name. It kind of took off from there. I had to make some phone calls, but it worked out."

On his visit, Micucci took in the Wildcats' Tuesday practice from the sidelines. During practice, he was greeted by Northwestern coaches, the recruiting staff, and team staff members. He left his visit feeling very happy about the experience.

"It was great," he said. "The coaches there were excellent. There are a lot of people that came to talk to me. It was great being able to meet with other coaches there and get a tour. It was a great experience for me."

At the end of his visit, Micucci finally spoke in person with Coach McCall and the two spoke about his recruitment to Northwestern. As he expected, NU will most likely not extend an offer immediately, but he will get a chance to prove himself at a summer camp.

"They said that they would have to see me at a summer showcase camp, just like I expected," Micucci said. "Not a lot of offers come without a coach seeing a kicker kick. I'm planning on attending that camp in June.

In his junior season, Micucci proved himself to be a reliable kicker. He finished the season hitting all 50 extra point attempts, and six of seven field goals. He was also a force on kickoffs, sending more than half of his kickoffs to the endzone for a touchback.

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