Coach Speak: Sterling Hofrichter

Syracuse landed a kicker on Friday to add to their 2015 class. We spoke to Armwood head coach Sean Callahan to find out what the Orange are getting in Sterling Hofrichter.

Seffner (Fla.) Armwood Senior High kicker/punter Sterling Hofrichter gave Syracuse their 16th member of the 2015 class on Friday. He was the only specialist the Orange offered in the cycle.

His head coach at Armwood, Sean Callahan, believes the Orange got a special player.

"I've seen a lot of kickers," Callahan said. "Not many can kick and punt like him. He kicks probably better than he punts. Kicking people tell me he's a better punter than kicker so that tells you how good he is both ways.

"He's a complete football player as far as running and working out and training like everybody else. He has good support at home and he's a good kid who works hard. He kicks it like no end. He enjoys it."

Hofrichter has many strengths, including kicking power both as a kicker and punter.

"His furthest for us in a game is like 45-yeards," Callahan said. "But he can hit it from 55. He hit one from 55 in front of the Syracuse head coach and I think that's why they offered him. He can definitely do 55.

"As a punter, he's consistently kicking it 45-yards. He has a very high ball with hang time."

Power is nothing with accuracy to go along with it. During his time at Armwood, Hofrichter has displayed an accurate leg, even in clutch moments.

"Accuracy is probably his biggest strength," Callahan said. "We were four for four on onside kicks last year. He had two pins inside the 10. Both we could've gone for a field goal, but he ended up burying it deep in their territory. He knows what he's doing under pressure.

"That's where he's at his best, under pressure."

Coach Callahan believes he will thrive at Syracuse. Being in a controlled environment inside the Carrier Dome will only enhance his skills.

"I think he could be great at the next level," Callahan said. "They (Syracuse) think that too. He's kicking inside a Dome so that will be helpful. He kicked all over the country and Syracuse was the first to offer. He decided that was where he wanted to go, so that tells you something about the kid. "

Off the field, Hofrichter fits in with his teammates well. He is well liked and works just has hard in the classroom as he does on the gridiron.

"He's strong academically," Callahan said. "He's a soldier. He enjoys the game of football. He doesn't play soccer. Whenever we do stuff with the team, he always does all of that stuff. When we do competitions, he's always one of the first guys picked."

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