JUCO Kicker One to Watch

Former Arizona Western kicker is starting to see recruiting pick up.

Kicker Nino Alibegic is starting to see his recruitment pick up.  After playing the 2016 season at Arizona Western Junior College, he has transferred to Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas, and many programs are taking note.

"I've been talking to UTSA, Arkansas, Southeast Missouri, Nebraska, Eastern Michigan, and TCU," Alibegic said.

Another school that Alibegic is hoping to hear from and earn an offer from is Oregon State.

While at Arizona Western, he and Beaver signee Craig Evans forged a friendship. Evans had told him all about the coaches and the program and the Beavers are high on his list.

"I haven't talked to them (Oregon State) personally yet, but I've been in touch with Craig and I'm going take an unofficial visit in the summer for sure," he said. "I am hoping I'll get that offer, it's definitely my dream school."

The 5-foot-10, 160 pound kicker works with Chris Sailer, a renowned national kicking coach. Sailer has high praise for Alibegic.

Nino is an excellent kicking talent. He has great natural ability. He hits a smooth ball off the ground with outstanding height. His kickoffs show nice college level potential. He has the tools to be a dependable punter as well. A competitor that does well under pressure. Nino is making to make a great addition to a college football program. Look for him to dominate the JC level this coming season and see his ranking continue to rise.

No doubt that Evans will be a big factor if the Beavers decide to get involved in Nino's recruitment.  He has promised to keep us updated on any offers and when he schedules his unofficial visit to Corvallis this summer.

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