Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 2
Size: 6-0, 175
Hometown: (Memphis University School) Memphis, TN
Stats: 4.75 40
Projected position at OM: PK/P/KO
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: An Under Armour All-American … A USA Today All-America second team selection as a kicker… Rated 3-stars and the nation's No. 2 kicker by Scout.com … Punted twice (43.0 yard average) and kicked off three times in the Under Armour All-America game … A first team All-State and Best of the Preps selection by the Commercial Appeal … Helped MUS to the D-II AA Championship game as the placekicker and punter his senior season … Posted season totals of 40 punts for a 44.58-yard average and was 9 of 14 on field goals (long of 51) and 49 of 50 on extra points … Four of his six field-goal misses were from over 50 yards … Recorded touchbacks on 55 of his 67 kickoffs … Coached in high school by Bobby Alston.
Recruiting Competition: On July 1 of last year, Wunderlich committed to Virginia. Just six weeks later, after an Ole Miss offer, he changed his mind and opted to go with the Rebels. In the end, it was more logistics than anything that swayed him. The closeness to home, the convenience of his family seeing him play on the college level and the opportunity to compete for the job(s) early all changed his mind toward the Rebels.
Quotable: "I've just fallen in love with Oxford, the Ole Miss campus. I love the atmosphere down there. SEC football, there's just really nothing like it. It being close to home, it'll be easy for my family to come see me play. That was also a deciding factor. I also got to know all the special teams coaches and believe in what they are doing in the kicking game. It also helped in my decision that Andrew Ritter and Tyler Campbell are graduating and I can come in and compete right away for a position. I would like to try all three phases on the college level – punting, kickoffs and placements – but I'm willing to do what the coaches think is best for me."
Scouting Report: "Gary is a tremendous kicker. He has perhaps the strongest leg in the nation. Hits a true ball off the ground with great consistency. Kickoffs are dominant. Also shows outstanding punting potential. Kicks well under pressure. Gary is a big time D1 prospect without a doubt. #1 Kicker in the nation. Has a great attitude and work ethic. Gary is a great all around prospect. Possibly the #1 combo kicking prospect in the nation. He punts for excellent hang time and distance. Simply a big time player ready for the next level. A fine young man with an excellent attitude and work ethic." -Chris Sailer
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "In our opinion, Gary is the best kicker in the country and what makes him special is that he can do all three – punts, kickoffs and placements. We feel like we really helped ourselves in the kicking department. He has a chance to be special here."
Signee Spotlight: Gary Wunderlich
Scout Rating: ***