OH Kicker Puts on Show in Champagne

Kicker Matt Brandabur from Middletown (OH) has been noticed by several colleges across the Midwest and is hoping to garner his first scholarship soon. He's been hot of late on the camp scene, including his past three camps, where he has shined brightly under the pressure.

"So far the recruiting process has been going very well," Brandabur said. "I attended the senior camp at Miami University of Ohio and I performed extremely well going 3 for 3 on P.A.T.'s, 3 for 3 from 30 Yards, 3 for 3 from 40 yards, and 2 for 3 from 50 yards - all while kicking off the ground."

Next on the agenda was Ohio State camp and the long awaited North Carolina camp, home to his childhood favorite, Tar Heels, whom he had hoped would show more interest.

"At the North Carolina camp I did pretty well," Brandabur said. "I tied with Kristian Bouw in the kicking competition with a long of 58 yards if I remember correctly, but I was informed that with UNC having Connor Barth holding the kicking duties as an upcoming sophomore that they will not really be needing a kicker but gave me the option of possibly walking on."

"Ohio State went pretty well but I believe I came in 6th in the competition after hitting the post from 50 yards out," Brandabur stated. "I believe it might have had the distance for about 60."

Illinois was an unexpected trip as Brandabur was only planning on attending one day of the kicking camp. A scheduling move enabled Brandabur to make the 4 hour trip to Champaign on Friday and attend the one day mini camp.

"I was the only kicker there and they put me through a pretty good work out," Brandabur confirmed, "I was 28 of 31 on field goals and hit a long of 60 yards, 2 of my 3 misses were from 45 and 55 yards out. The coaches at Illinois were extremely interested."

Afterwards, the talented kicker/punter took a tour of the place. "I quickly loved the campus. I believe Illinois could be a great fit for me and is definately my number one choice"

The Middletown (Oh) native has been receiving mail from several schools including Michigan State, Akron, Miami, Boston College, Army, Illinois, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Indiana, and several others. He has yet to garner his first scholarship offer, however.

During the spring, Brandabur went to junior day at Kent State, and attended spring practice at Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana.

"Overall recruiting has been going very well, our high school is going through its third coaching change in my four years of playing football at the varsity level," Brandabur said of his team, "but we are still very excited about the upcoming season."

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