Recruiting: Darr Can Kick It Farr

Feel free to call the headline on this one cheesy and we'll agree, but it is honest. Oklahoma State has a slot in its planned 2010 recruiting class for a punter, and punter/linebacker Matt Darr of Bakersfield (Frontier), Calif., is a strong candidate. The Cowboys have already offered a scholarship to the all-conference, all-area, California Division III All -tate, and even Junior All-American.

Darr averaged 46 yards per punt as a junior, and that is a legitimate number. Kicking, punting, and specialist guru Chris Sailer of Chris Sailer Kicking has Darr ranked as the nation's number one punter, and as a five-star prospect.

"I've been to Chris Sailer's camps the last two years and the competition in Las Vegas," said Darr. who said he is ranked number one as a punting prospect by another kicking guru.

Darr is an all-around athlete as he also starts at linebacker and finished last season with 93 total tackles and 8 sacks. As a sophomore he had 100 total tackles with 11 sacks.

The 6-2, 210-pound Darr besides averaging 46 yards per punt also had 13 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He has a bench press max of 330 pounds, a squat best of 425 pounds, and can run a 4.7 in the forty. In the spring he competes in track with the shot put and discus. This spring he has a state best in the junior class of 180 feet and 5 inches in the discus.

With all that talent and athletic ability just how is recruiting going for Darr? "I like it and we are just exploring it right now with the schools and everything is really wide open," answered Darr.

"I've heard from Oklahoma State, Purdue, Ohio State, and Duke, but like I said we're wide open right now. I love college football but never really picked out a team. In pro football and the NFL I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan but no favorite in college.I just love the games."

Darr said his mother graduated from Washington State and his dad, after serving in the Army, graduated from college in Bakersfield. As for Darr, he already has two majors in mind.

"With my agriculture background I am really interested in agriculture and in fire fighting," said Darr. "I was looking on the Internet the other day and I know that both of those are offered at Oklahoma State. I'm looking at the prestige of a school, can you get to the league (NFL). It is still too early to say."

No surprise that OSU associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest is recruiting Darr. It's a safe bet he was handpicked by DeForest who has always been the coach to choose the specialists including current kickers Dan Bailey and Quinn Sharp as well as Ray Guy Award-winning punter Matt Fodge, who will be at the NFL Combine this weekend. The search is on to find his replacement in Stillwater.

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