Tennessee kicker looking for right situation

For one in-state prospect working on special teams is just a way of life. Houston High School kicker Johnny Baddour is taking a different approach to the recruiting process than most in-state prospects. Go "Inside" to get the latest on one of Tennessee's top kickers.

For one in-state prospect working on special teams is just a way of life.

Houston High School kicker Johnny Baddour is taking a different approach to the recruiting process than most in-state prospects.

Two things will determine where one of the state's top kickers will attend college. Baddour is looking for the right academic situation first and foremost and a school that has a great pre-med program.

"Football is football," Baddour told InsideTennessee.com. "My career is my entire life. I want to be a doctor. If I have to walk on to the right program that has an outstanding medical school, that isn't out of the realm of possibility."

Baddour, out of Germantown Tennessee, may not be the biggest athlete - he is listed at 5-foot-11, 145-pounds - but his size apparently doesn't have anything to do with his leg strength.

"I'm known for having a strong leg," Baddour said. "I kick most of my kickoffs out of the end zone."

Baddour plans on attending summer camps at Wake Forest, TCU, Vanderbilt, Harvard, Brown and Dartmouth. Other schools that he has interest in are Tennessee, Tulsa and Alabama.

Did Baddour grow up a fan of a specific school?

"Not really," Baddour said. "My dad is a big UT fan."

Baddour scored 36 points as a junior, only missing three field goals last fall.

Baddour stays busy working out and kicking, and when he has some free time it's his goal to give back to his craft and to his city.

"Last summer I had a lot of free kicking camps I put on to help local kids learn how to kick the football and to do the basic things like extra points and field goals," Baddour said. "I plan on doing that again this summer. To make a difference in some young people's life, to make them better kickers is worth all the work."


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