Clackamas kicker deciding between two

Kicker Justin Kahut from Clackamas High School in Milwaukie (Ore.) traveled to Eugene this weekend and toured the facilities, the campus and talked to Oregon coaches about his future.

Clackamas is about a two-hour drive north of the University of Oregon. Last Friday night Justin and his parents made the drive to Eugene so that Justin could get a early start on Saturday morning visiting campus. On Saturday morning the Kahuts toured the athletic facilities and then toured the campus. Later on they met with Assistant Head Coach Neal Zoumboukos and discussed the possibilities of Justin walking on at Oregon next fall.

How did the trip go?

"Went well," Kahut said. "I got to see the campus and met with Coach Zoum."

Kahut is known as a strong-legged kicker and had a scholarship offered to him by Bowling Green. He visited Oregon State two weeks ago and now it is a matter of making the decision on the direction he'd like to pursue.

Essentially both programs are making the same offer -- walk on this fall, and in a year the situation will be reviewed to determine if a scholarship will be awarded.

The Ducks have a number kickers on their roster and two saw action last year on a team that finished 10-2 and made an appearance at the Holiday Bowl. Senior Paul Martinez kicked 19-of-24 field goals last season with a long of 51. When Martinez missed time because of an injury sophomore-to-be Matt Evensen filled in and was 4-of-9 in field goal kicking. Both players were named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week last season. Evensen was the primary kickoff specialist.

Luke Bellotti (junior-to-be) and freshman Morgan Flint were on the Oregon 2005 roster.

Oregon State lists one place kicker on the 2005 roster, Lou Groza award winner Alexis Serna. Serna will enter his junior season next season.

Kahut's decision is going to come down to deciding on what is best for him athletically and academically. On one hand, Kahut's mother would like him to pursue engineering. Oregon State has an engineering school so that is a plus on the OSU side. However, Justin is impressed with the Oregon Business School. So now he will have to decide which school is the best fit.

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