One of the most underrated aspects of football at any level is special teams. Teams that can change field position and convert on longer field goals can go far in College Football. With the hiring of former Oklahoma State Graduate Assistant, Robby Discher as Special Teams coach back in December, the Toledo Rockets are hoping to continue the build up of great specialists.
Behind the addition of Discher, the Rockets are looking to find a replacement for punter Nick Ellis, who will graduate following this season. On Thursday, Toledo made a big step towards finding a quality punter by offering 2017 prospect, Evan Finegan on his visit. Finegan, who attends Bishop Foley High School in Madison Heights, Michigan, is a serious punting prospect in the 2017 class.
According to Kohl's Kicking, the country leader in kicking and punting rankings, Finegan is a four-star kicker and punter and has great upside:
"Finegan competed at the 2016 Midwest Spring Showcase Camp. His ball-striking has gotten better and he is hitting a much cleaner and controlled football. Continuing to increase of his 'A' ball will be a key for him to take the next step in both field goals and kickoffs. If he can improve his ball striking, he can move up in the rankings, has good overall talent and seems to be motivated to train."
The Southeast Michigan prospect says following his second visit on July 21, he is excited about Toledo.
"The Toledo visit was awesome! Coach Discher and Cashmore showed me around for a while. This was my second visit, I won their special teams camp on June 16. I love the facilities and the school. I met many coaches and players, everyone was very friendly and extremely welcoming."
The five-foot-eleven, 205-pounder says that while he does like the Rockets, he does have other schools that he is keeping an eye on.
"I'm talking to some other schools but I like to keep a lot of that personal. Toledo right now is my favorite school, living in metro Detroit, Toledo is convenient for my parents and family to come see me play," Finegan added.
Current Toledo kicker, Jameson Vest was also a Kohl's Kicking trainee and held one lone offer from the Rockets. With Finegan, his upside is rather impressive, especially with a special teams coach like Robby Discher who could mold him into a future Mid-American Conference star. As a decision nears for Finegan, he says there are a few things he's looking for in a program.
"I want a program that is welcoming and that I feel at home with. I want to be comfortable with a program because I will be there for four to five years. I also look for a school with a good business program because that's what I'd like to major in," Finegan added.
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