MA: First, I've watched Grogan's videos and watched him last season and he's a good kicker. I watched after they returned that punt and then drove down in overtime (in the Bedlam game), and he hit the 25-yard field goal to win it. That must have been a great feeling. As for the tape, one of the reporters I've dealt with is from Bleacher Report and he asked me to put together a tape with a montage of trick kicks and I only had two days to do it. I didn't expect it to cause this much commotion. I didn't know much about Bleacher Report, but apparently it has been seen in Oklahoma and my family and friends think it's a big deal.
Okay, so when did you commit to Oklahoma State?
MA: It was about two months ago. The whole recruiting process for me and the level of kickers that I was competing with it was long and it really didn't go well for me. In the end I had Oklahoma State and a few other D-1 schools, and Oklahoma State was a school that I liked and they had my major.
What is your major?
MA: Physical therapy, that has a lot to do with rehabilitation.
Now you are really good on kickoffs. I think that may be a major reason that Oklahoma State was interested in you. Is that okay with you that you might break in as a kickoff specialist?
MA: I spoke with their special teams coach, Robbie Discher, and he contacted me back in November and asked me to come on as a walk-on. But I was looking at other schools and other options. I really like to kick field goals, so I wasn't sure I wanted to be more of a kickoff guy.
Okay, so what happened from there?
MA: He (Discher) contacted me again in January and told me that their kicker had surgery for a hip flexor. I thought maybe then it would be a good time to go there. The other schools I was looking at and liked were East Carolina and Washington State. I came out and I viewed the campus and it felt like home to me. I know it is halfway across the country but something about Oklahoma State, it felt like home.
So when will you get to Stillwater?
MA: I'm flying in on the week of July 14. I'm excited to come out and it's fun to see different places.