CoachSpeak: Sang Breaks Down PK Federico

Rutgers received a commitment from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High placekicker Kyle Federico today. He was under the radar on the recruiting scene, but Rutgers offered and he went ahead with the verbal. So, what is Rutgers getting? One of the coaches who watched him win the Ray Guy/ national title spoke to about what the Scarlet Knights are getting, and it sounds very good.

It was raining hard and the footballs were heavy, but it didn't keep Kyle Federico from winning the underclassmen division of the Ray Guy/ overall kicking competition in December.

Federico, a Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High class of 2012 recruit who committed to Rutgers today, proved his ability with his kickoffs, field goal kicking and his mental toughness in the process.

"When he kicks, it's for money," Ray Guy/ camp director Rick Sang said. "He knows what he's got. I think he's the type of kid that can step right in. He showed that kind of ability. He carries himself with a lot of confidence.

"The camp (in Tampa), he didn't get rattled. Those were the conditions and you have to deal with it. He did very well."

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Federico made 8 of13 field goal attempts as a junior, but Sang said that doesn't do justice to the type of kicker the Scarlet Knights are getting.

"He hit 80 percent of his field goals in a pouring down rain," Sang said. "It was a very strong showing, and those field goals are 50 yards long in the end. Eighty percent is very solid in the pouring rain.

"And on the kickoffs, and again, the conditions were not good, he had an average kickoff of 65 yards. They were 65 yards and his average hang time was 3.9 seconds. And that's with a wet ball."

Sang also liked the energy Federico generated on his kickoffs.

"Our way of finding out who has the most explosive leg is through the kickoffs," Sang said. "And think about this; he was the best overall on hang time at 3.9, so he not only had good distance, but hang time. Federico has a real good optimum balance. He has a real good optimum balance on his hang time and distance on his kickoffs.

"He has very solid technique. He's one of those guys that has a knack for it. He knows how to do it. He doesn't get rattled. It's very obvious when you watch him kick. You feel very comfortable watching him. It's like a great golfer. You feel like he's going to place it near the pin all the time."

Rutgers was in need of a placekicker in the 2012 class because San San Te will be lost to graduation after the upcoming season.

So, is Federico the type of talent who can contribute immediately?

"You're asking a lot from any kicker in the country to do that," Sang said. "A lot of these guys in high school are not timed as much. …But if he has the timing, I believe he can do it."

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