Fera Shines At Kicking Showcase

Any doubts as to whether Anthony Fera is the real deal were erased when the kicking specialist turned in one of the best performances last weekend at the Chris Sailer elite event. Sailer calls the Texan the best kicking prospect left in the class of '09, and he has some Midwestern favorites, including Ohio State.

Chris Sailer sums up Anthony Fera's rise as one of the best specialists in the nation fairly simply.

After hosting an elite event the weekend of July 18 at which the class of 2009 kicker/punter excelled, the kicking guru updated Fera's profile on his website to say the following: "By far the top remaining kicking prospect in the nation. OFFER NOW!!!!"

Fera's performance at the event left Sailer few options. The Houston St. Pius X prospect was named the camp's MVP after he won the field goal competition on day one of the event and then grabbed a title in the kickoff competition a day later by edging Dustin Hopkins, a Florida State commit who might be the No. 1 kicking prospect in the class of 2009.

"I ended up MVP of the camp so it went pretty well," Fera said. "I didn't expect to do that good, but I didn't know. My first day I won the field goal competition with back-to-back 60-yard field goals against the current LSU kicker (Andrew Crutchfield) who got to the finals. And then I actually got first place on my kickoffs, too. Everyone expected Dustin Hopkins to win but I actually beat everybody. I averaged 70-plus yards and had a 4.2 hang time on all of my kickoffs."

Fera said that performance wasn't too out of the ordinary. He made a 58-yarder in a game as a freshman and said he has range up to 65 yards. As for kickoffs, his normal boot clears 70 yards and has a hang time of 4.1 to 4.3 seconds.

Those were skills he showed off to Ohio State when he kicked for coaches June 20 at the Buckeyes' camp and earned an invitation to the Under Armour All-America game.

"It was pretty close (to my performance at Ohio State)," Fera said. "I was hitting at Ohio State 47-yarders off the top of the uprights. I was hitting 55-yarders midway up the uprights, so it's pretty normal now to me."

Also while at the Sailer camp, Fera was able to hang out with some of the best kickers in the nation, as well as Crutchfield and Nick Folk, the current kicker for the Dallas Cowboys. Both of the latter were there to help out with the camp and serve as sounding boards for the high schoolers.

"It helps a lot because they have gone through the same experience, and we can ask them questions about what they thought of the recruiting process and how it takes a while to get an offer," said the 6-2, 230-pound Fera. "They help you out with your technique."

Fera said that Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State are still at the top of his list, though he still waits for his first offer. Michigan could be close to pulling the trigger, as Fera said that the coaches were on a staff getaway last week and were deciding which recruits would be getting offers.

"It's pretty much the same three schools – Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan – as of right now, but Chris Sailer knows pretty much all of the coaches, so I'll probably get some more looks from other schools," Fera said.

Fera is an Ohio State fan, though, having been turned on to the Buckeyes by a family friend during his youth. With the Buckeyes' class of 2009 nearly full, it might be hard for Fera to expect a full scholarship from OSU, but he said he would "really consider" a grayshirt offer should one come along.

"If that's my only offer or if I have another school – I would consider it over a couple of schools, but I don't know if I would take it over a full ride to Michigan or Penn State," he said.

He added that though he has already seen the campus of each of his favorites twice, he'd like to make return trips during the season.

"I haven't planned any visits but the three schools I'd probably want to visit during the school year are probably Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State," he said. "I've seen all three schools but I'd like to get a feel of how it is to go to the campus, talk to maybe some players. That would really help a lot. If any other possible schools come by and they're interested, maybe I'll take that into consideration."

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