State Record Holder Getting Attention

Bishop Hoban HS's Gerry McGroarty could be the top place kicker in Pennsylvania for the 2003 season. He recently booted a state record 64-yard field goal. Has the kick, which was shown on various national networks including CNN and ESPN, generated more interest in him?

Name: Gerry McGroarty
Position: K
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 180 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.7
School: Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Bishop Hoban HS)

Less than 2 weeks ago, during a lopsided victory on Saturday, September 27, McGroarty booted a state record 64-yard field goal. The previous record was 58 yards, set by Bishop McCort's Matt Domonkos in 2001. McGroarty's previous best was 53 yards, a kick he made both this season and last.

"It had some yards to spare I think," said Gerry humbly when asked about the actual length of the kick. "We were winning 49 to nothing and they gave me a shot at getting the state record in the last couple seconds of the game."

Has he ever made and even longer field goal while practicing?

"Nothing over that field goal. I never try anything over that field goal, so I don't really know."

Gerry, who so far has missed only one extra point during his junior and senior seasons, has made 5 of 9 field goals this year from distances of 64, 53, 42, 35 and 29 yards.

He's also a defense's best friend, nailing most of his kickoffs out of the endzone, and sometimes even through the uprights, in the air.

Although he is still awaiting his first scholarship offer, he has heard from a host of schools.

"I've heard from several colleges: Michigan State, Penn State, West Virginia, Connecticut, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Virginia, Buffalo and Pittsburgh."

Temple, Lehigh, Lafeyette and Bucknell have also been in contact.

Gerry attended kicking camps at Connecticut, Penn State and Boston College this summer.

McGroarty, who is being recruited by Penn State assistant coach Dick Anderson, attended the June 13 kicking camp in State College and finished top in kickoffs. Coach Dick Anderson called him last week.

Notre Dame, another school Gerry had previously been hoping to hear from, also called recently.

McGroarty, who does not currently have any visits scheduled, also received a call last week from the head swimming coach at PSU, Bill Dorenkott. In fact, several schools are also interested in him as a swimmer.

"All my options are open right now. I'm not leaning towards anywhere or anything."

Punting is another skill the strong-legged McGroarty has honed.

"I know a few schools, like West Virginia, mentioned punting. I think my average for the year is about 42, 43 yards or so.

"My punting has improved 100%. It's gotten a lot better, just from working on technique and everything, drop and following through."

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