Kicker Waiting On NU Admissions

Adlai Stevenson (IL) High School standout Matt Micucci is prepared to accept a preferred walk-on position at Northwestern, but he remains waiting for admittance from the university. PurpleWildcats.com updates the latest with Micucci.

Matt Micucci was offered a preferrred walk-on spot to join the Wildcats as a kicker and punter. He expects to receive admittance, but naturally, is anxious to get the news.

"Of course, I'm a little nervous because it's a 'what-if I don't get in,' but I believe I have a good shot at getting in," Micucci said.

Northwestern began its recruitment of Micucci during spring of 2011, and he first visited campus last March.

Throughout his recruitment, Micucci built a strong relationship with head man Pat Fitzgerald and the NU coaching staff. He's excited about the chance to play for the Wildcats.

"I'm excited to have an opportunity to play Big Ten football," said Micucci. "Coacch Fitzgerald is a great coach. I'm excited to play for him. The program is up and coming. They have great academics as a school and a big-time football team."

Micucci starred as Stevenson's quarterback, leading his team to a deep playoff run, including an upset over No. 1 Maine South. Northwestern is interested in having Micucci serve as a scout team quarterback.

As a kicker, Micucci went 50-for-50 on extra point attempts, and hit six field goals, including the game-winning kick to beat South Elgin in the playoffs.

At Northwestern, Micucci hopes to fight for the chance to play.

"They said I can come in and compete with the other guys," Micucci said. "I'm excited to show them what I got."

If Micucci is not allowed acceptance to Northwestern, he also holds walk-on offers to Iowa State and Vanderbilt. He expects to receive word from NU admissions in early April.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college football, college basketball and college baseball for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2009. He served as a writer for Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics, and is now the Publisher of PurpleWildcats.com, covering the Northwestern Wildcats.
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