Easy Decision

For three years in a row, Andy Pappanastos has been the AAA All-State kicker in the state of Alabama. Now, he'll be vying for the placements job at Ole Miss.

Montgomery, AL, Placekicker Andy Pappanastos couldn't contain his excitement after he committed to continue his career at Ole Miss.

"We went straight to Rebel Rags and started buying Ole Miss stuff," Andy laughed. "They'll have a good day off of us.

"I can't tell you how excited I am. This was my first time to Oxford and it was more than I imagined. I was told it was beautiful and the people were great, but the visit topped all my expectations."

Even though the campus is beautiful, it was the coaches who sealed the deal with Pappanastos.

"Coach (Hugh) Freeze is awesome, but it wasn't just him. All the coaches cared about every recruit and made a point to include all of us in everything," he stated. "I got an instant bond with all of them. What a great staff, great guys."

Andy, who had several offers, also took a close look at the Rebel roster.

"I think my timing is perfect. Bryson (Rose) and Andrew (Ritter) will be seniors next year. I can spend a year getting stronger and working on some little things and have a shot to kick the next year (2013)," he explained.

Pappanastos says his range is good now, but there are some things he wants to fine tune.

"I can kick field goals up to 57 yards now pretty comfortably, but I want to kick the ball higher and I want to get it off quicker," he noted. "I kicked off the ground in high school, so there is no transition for me in that regard, but I want to get stronger and work on my kickoffs to get more distance on them."

Pappanastos was named AAA All-State in Alabama while kicking at Trinity Presbyterian three years in a row and his senior season he was named MaxPreps All-American.

Andy was 17-23 on the year his senior season, but four of his misses were from over 50 yards out.

"I can't wait to get started. I may greyshirt first semester - that is the early plan, but that could change. Whatever they want me to do, I will do, I'm just happy to be a Rebel," He closed.

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