Cowboys Grab A Punter In Sinor

The thought was that Oklahoma State would take a specialist in the 2014 recruiting class but with 2013 signee Ben Grogan capable of doing all three (kick placements, kickoff and punt) the questions were what would Grogan do and what would the Cowboys look for in the 2014 class? The answer is Zach Sinor, who is a returning Class 4A All-State punter out of Medina Valley High School.

Sinor actually played for a former high school teammate of mine in former Medina Valley head coach Brian Emerson.

Sinor is a 6-0, 190-pound punter who kind of fell into the role and has now flourished in it.

"One day my sophomore year before practice I was punting the ball and they called for punt unit and the punter went out there and got his kicked blocked five or six times," said Sinor of the start of his punting career.

"Coach said for me to get out there and I got all the kicks off and they were good and from that point on I was the punter. I started to think that I could do something with it and I went to a couple of Ray Guy camps and NCS camp and I won a competition and it just took off from there.

"I used to be a quarterback and played some receiver, but now I'm a punter and a holder," added Sinor. "That is what I do."

He does it very well. He is rated a 5-star punter by Nick Gatto, a kicking guru. Last season as a junior he punted 23 times for a 44.5 yards per punt average and he had a 65-yard kick for his longest. He averages a hang time of 4.45 seconds on his punts.

His stats ranked him the fourth best punter in Texas last season as he earned First-Team all-district, First-Team all-area & All-Area Super Team, and All-State. He was also named First-Team punter on the Padilla Poll Class 4A All-State Team and he was named Second-Team Texas Sportswriters Association Class 4A All-State Football Team.

As for how the Oklahoma State commitment came about, it was simple as on his summer camp tour the Cowboys struck first.

"Coach (Ty) Linden (OSU's special teams coach) had been talking to me and they had a coach come by my high school to see me," said Sinor. "I was going to thre camps this summer, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, and Texas A&M.

"I had been to Texas A&M earlier and then last Sunday I was at Iowa State and punted for Coach Rhoads and they said, 'keep in touch.' At Oklahoma State I punted really well and they offered me a scholarship.

"I really wanted to go to Oklahoma State or Texas A&M and you know Texas A&M is a dream for somebody from Texas but I see the facilities they have at OSU and we toured around the campus. Wow, it is incredible. I made my decision."

Sinor, who was at Oklahoma State along with his mom, Valerie, is a good student with a 22 on the ACT and a 3.83 GPA. He said he is considering kinesiology, sports management, or business for a major.

Sinor is also a holder and says he handles that chore pretty well. It would work as Oklahoma State typically has used the punter as a holder up until recently where Quinn Sharp wasn't available because he did it all. This would seemingly make it look that Ben Grogan will focus on kicking placements and kickoffs after Sinor arrives.

"I'm really thinking about that now," he said.

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