There's still nearly six months until student-athletes have to make it official and ink with a collegiate program, but when it's all said and done, Syracuse has positioned themselves to sign one of the top kickers out of the South in Sterling Hofrichter.
Hofrichter, a standout out of Seffner (Fla.) Armwood who's been verbally committed to Syracuse since June, was 9-of-14 on field goals with a long of 57 yards in 2013, while connecting on 70-of-71 extra points for a total of 97 points on the year.
In a 37-0 blowout victory over five-star defensive end Shavar Manuel and Tampa (Fla.) Blake High School this past Friday, the three-star prospect connected on 1-of-2 field goals and like usual, was flawless in his extra point attempts.
"Our team did really good tonight," Hofrichter said. "I think I did pretty good, but I missed a 52-yarder and I just have to rebound from that. I'm starting to get a lot of my kickoffs more in the end zone now, so I just have to keep that up and stay 100 percent now."
With his prep career coming to a close less than a year from now, Hofrichter is hoping to cap off his senior campaign with a coveted state championship ring. But at the same time, the kicker has set aside a chunk of his time for the recruiting process, which includes the planning of his return trip to Central New York.
"Syracuse showed me love for a long time and offered me back in December," Hofrichter said. "They have a lot of things going for them, so I decided to choose them back in June. I can't wait to go for an official visit. Right now, I'm looking at January 24th for when they play their basketball game against Miami."NC State Press Conference Quick-Hitters Follow @Corey_Bender