Marvin Kloss, one of the top rated kickers in the nation out of Barron Collier HS is still available and is weighing his options. He didn't sign a Letter of Intent on Wednesday, and received several offers afterwards from schools like Marshall and Arkansas State, but was waiting on word from USF. A decision should be coming within a week. Kloss took an official visit to USF two weeks ago, saying he had a great time, really liked the program, the facilities, and Head Coach Skip Holtz.
"I would like to go to USF, they've always been my favorite place," Kloss told USFNation.com. "If they offer me, then that's where I'll go."
Kloss said the Bulls really liked him as a kicker but since they were tight with scholarships he left Tampa without an offer, but was told by Coach Holtz that he would get a call later in the week. Kloss had several contacts with the USF staff during the week, discussing a gray shirt and other options, but it wasn't until Friday that he got some clarification of what the Bulls would do.
"We got a call on Friday from coach Holtz, and he told me they would offer me a gray shirt," said Kloss.
The Cougars kicker was told that USF will have four specialists on scholarship this upcoming season. At kicker the Bulls have sophomore Maikon Bonani, the Bulls kicker in 2008 who injured his back, and is set to return, but his status is a bit unknown. He was also told that senior walk-on Eric Schwartz would be put on scholarship as well and competing for punter duties will be Justin Brockhaus-Kann and true freshman Chris Veron.
"USF has four specialists on scholarship right now, and it's almost unheard of that they bring in five," said Kloss. "But they really like me and said he would love for me to come in this fall and handle kick-offs, that's for sure."
"Basically they want me to come in and pay for a semester and go on scholarship in January. He also said I could just come in January and be on full ride after that, but I kind of want to get things started. With the way I'm striking the ball right now I'm ready to make things happen on the next level."
Kloss has said numerous times how much he likes USF, but another Florida school has entered the race and this time it's the two-time champion Gators, who are offering a similar deal and is bringing him in this weekend.
"Before I decide I want to check out UF. With the class they just signed they should be having huge success in the future."
Kloss said he's been talking with Florida Coach Adazio and coach white and was told that the Gators have only junior Kaleb Sturgis and one senior punter on scholarship, and believes they will be looking to add a scholarship kicker if not this year than the year after.
"Florida is going to bring me in next weekend and see what they can work out for me," said Kloss. "I'll see how I like it up there and I'm pretty sure I'll make my decision after that."
Marvin said he's also still in contact with Miami and he should know his plans after this weekend visit with Florida.
"On Sunday I'll have my final answers laid out on the table," said Kloss. "I'll decide after that
Kloss is rated #1 ranked kicker nationally by Kornblue's Fab 50, and in 2009 went 8 of 8 on field goals with kicks of 49, 47, 46, and 41, went 41 of 42 on PATs. He also carries a 4.3. GPA and scored a 26 ACT and a 1080 on his SAT and qualifies for a Florida Bright Future scholarship.
You can check out Marvin here: YouTube - Marvin Kloss 2009 Kicking Highlights
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