Cowboys Pick Up Kicker/Punter

Robbie Discher was voted by as the Division I College Special Team Coordinator of the Year and I'm finding out more reasons why all the time. Today a video was released on Bleacher Report on North Pennsylvania High School kicker and punter Matt Ammendola. The video shows Ammendola drop kicking and then also hitting a spinning football for a 40-yard field goal.

The accompanying text identifies Ammendola as an Oklahoma State commitment. This afternoon I spoke with his father and he confirmed that his son was heading to Oklahoma State.

"We saw their facilities and we were so impressed with everything they put into their program," Mr. Ammendola said. "It is really an impressive place and you can tell football is really important."

Matt Ammendola is joined by another walk-on in the 2015 class as a specialist as Woodward, Okla., athlete Lane Reazin is also heading to Stillwater. He is featured in another story on the site.

Ammendola was working when we called. North Pennsylvania High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania is still in class for the spring semester. Although Ammendola is expected to arrive in Stillater this summer and the 5-10, 185-pound kicker that has listed 4.63 speed and is a four-year letterman in soccer as well will likely compete first for the kickoff job.

His trick field goal on video and his drop kicks show a very strong leg. In high school he had 80 percent touchbacks on his kickoffs as a junior and last season sent 41-of-51 kickoffs out of the end zone. He averaged 72.8 yards on kickoffs and from the college mark that is putting it eight yards deep in the end zone.

Ammendola also kicked a school record 56-yard field goal, breaking the old record held by current Denver Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. He was 7-of-11 on field goals as a junior and last season set another school record with nine made field goals.

He has accumulated a lot of honors including All-American plus being ranked number three in the nation as a kicker. He finished as a senior first-team All-Area, first-team All-Southeast Pennsylvania, and first-team American Family Insurance All-USA. His team is two-time defending conference champs and he was Suburban One All-League.

You can see by his trick kicks that Ammendola has personality and talent. He's coming a long way to display it and you have to think with all the other good that Discher has done in coaching and putting together the Cowboys special teams that he may have hit another home run with Ammendola.

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