Rob Park getting ready for the summer camps.
The following information was revealed during our interview with Mr. Park:
What is your current height, weight, and forty time? "I am 6' 0", 180, and I run a 4.7."
Which position are you being recruited to play on the next level? "Punter, although I do handle our QB duties too."
What are your strengths at punting? "I would say definitely my directional punting. My ability to put it between the hashes and the sidelines. Our team is a directional team. I try to kick it 40 to 45 yards, so my coverage can get down there and stop them from returning it."
What do you need to work on? "My leg strength a lot. My flexibility too. I have a good handle time and hang time, but right now my leg strength is the biggest thing that I need to work on. I am trying to get my leg stronger than it is now."
Have you attended any camps this summer? "Yes sir, I went to Ole Miss' senior and passing camps. I also went to Alabama's senior camp, and then I just got back from Michigan last weekend. Their coaches had hand written me a letter asking me to come to their camp. I was sick, so I just went up there and toured the school, and I came home the next day because I still felt so bad. I am also going over to North Carolina State in July, where I will actually be taking an official visit in October (23), when they place Miami. I might go to USM, MSU, and Tennessee in July too."
How long have you been starting at punter for MUS? "The first four games of my freshman season I handled the punting duties. I broke my collarbone in the 5th game. I basically have started every game at punter that I have been healthy since my freshman season."
What were your stats from your junior season? "I think I averaged just under 37 yards a punt. I know 10 of the 39 punts were inside the 20 yard line."
What was your long for the season? "57 yards."
What is your average hang time? "I am not sure, but lately I have been kicking with Tom Hutton. I have been working with him a lot. I am averaging between 4.4 to 4.6 seconds. It is usually in-between those numbers."
Which awards did you receive for your play last year? "I was a preseason 1st Team All-State (TSAA) and 1st Team All-State (Div 11) selection selection. Postseason honors, I made TSAA All-State Honorable Mention and All-Metro by the Commercial Appeal."
Which schools are currently recruiting you the hardest? "Definitely Ole Miss, Alabama, USM, Memphis, N. C. State, and Michigan. They talk to me a lot. Missouri and Arkansas send me a lot of mail too."
Who all called you in May? "Coach Roper (UM), Scherer (USM), Deebord (Michigan), Helton (Memphis), and Coach Woods (Bama) called too."
Which schools came to your school in the month of May to evaluate you? "I am not exactly sure who came by, but I know Coach Cutcliffe talked to Coach Austin. Alabama and Memphis came by. That is all that my coach told me. Oh yea, Oklahoma, N.C. State, Tennessee, and Arkansas came too."
Which schools are you keeping a close eye on? "I am probably the most interested in Ole Miss, Michigan, Alabama, and USM."
What attracts you to Ole Miss? "The coaches are awesome. They make you feel like you are a part of their team. Theie campus is awesome. It is also only like an hour drive from my house, so the distance is ideal. They will also need a true freshman to step up. I know I can do that. That is what I want to do. That new facility is going to be really nice. They already have nice facilities. I really like their stadium and field."
What do you like about Michigan? "It is really nice up there. Their facilities are top of the line, and their tradition is too. I liked their campus a lot. It was really nice. And their coaches, they were great. It would be awesome to play up there."
And Alabama? "Their campus is awesome. Coach Woods is nice and Coach Ungerer (special teams coach) is super nice. He is a great guy to talk to. Their tradition is awesome, and they have great facilities."
What about USM? "I went to a USM game last year, when they placed TCU. Everybody is really excited at their games. They get real into it. They have great coaches, and they are always at the top of their conference. I also liked their campus and facilities."
Did you grow up a fan of any one school? "Definitely Ole Miss. My dad, uncle, and aunt all graduated from there. I grew up going to their games. I love watching Alabama play too. Their style of play is fun to watch."
What will be the factors when it comes decision time? "Definitely academics and the student life on campus. I want to fit in, both socially and with their football team. I also want to go some where, where I can contribute to the team."
Rob carries a 3.0 GPA and a 26 on his ACT test.
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