Leavitt's Call for a Kicker Answered?

For the last two weeks Coach Leavitt said he was still looking for special teams help, and might have found one in Diego Palacio, a Kicker that graduated in from Chaminade-Madona in Hollywood Fl., then went to Dean College in Massachusetts. Leavitt has put the word out and the kicker answered the call.

After Tuesdays practice Coach Leavitt said he was still looking for a number two punter, and kicker, and might have found one in Diego Palacio, a Kicker that graduated in from Chaminade-Madona in Hollywood Fl., then went to Dean College in Massachusetts and is currently taking classes at Florida State. Leavitt has put the word out and the kicker answered the call.

"I'm working with Coach Conrad, a kicking coach down in South Florida, and he's friends with Coach Leavitt," said Palacio. "He called me and said USF needed a kicker right now, and to contact Coach Leavitt."

Palacio called Coach Leavitt on Friday and after a good conversation made the drive over to Tampa this week and worked out for the Bulls.

"I think I did pretty well. Coach Leavitt spoke to Coach Conrad and said he was happy with my kicking. I felt pretty good considering I came off a 5-hour drive."

Palacio said he could join the Bulls as early as this week.

"Right now we're dealing with all the paper work and hopefully it all goes through."

Palacio graduated from Chaminade-Madona in 2005 after winning two Class 2a State Titles, and earning first team all-Broward in 2005 and all-Broward honorable mention in 2003. As a senior on a 14-1 team, Diego, only kicked one field goal of 38-yards, but made 60 of 61 Pat's. He also had 58 touch backs. In 2003 he was 3 for3 on field goals (19, 28, 45), and hit 70 of 74 PAT's.

"We just blew everybody out, that's why I had 60 extra points," said Diego.

Palacio then went to Dean College in Mass for one year where he went 2 of 4 on field goals. Dean is where USF commit Curtis Weatherspoon currently goes, but Palacio left before Curtis got there, and they don't know each other.

"I left because they didn't take special teams serious and I always had a different holder and snapper."

After leaving Dean, Diego finished classes at a community college and attended classes at Florida State this past spring. He'll have two-years of eligibility left.

"I'm just trying to get all this paper work done, and get it going at USF."


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