Honshtein's Kicking Turning Heads

SEP. 18 -- Texas kicker Tre Honshtein is earning attention from several schools, including UCLA...

While a kicker may not normally be the first athlete on the team to turn heads, it's hard not to notice Georgetown (Texas) East View's Tre Honshtein.

Three games into the season, the 6-foot, 185-pounder has already nailed 51-yard, 43-yard, and a 38-yard field goals, and made an even more impressive kick during the Patriots' practice.

"In a game, the longest I've hit is a 52-yard field goal, but I was messing around in practice a week ago and I hit a 60-yard field goal. That was pretty exciting," he said.

Honshtein, who works with kicking coaches Jamie Kohl and Rocky Willingham, says that he can definitely see progress on the field since his junior season.

"I feel like my leg has just gotten a lot stronger; I kicked a lot of touchbacks last season, but not nearly as many as I already have this year. Also, I'm more consistent as a field goal kicker. I've taken on the job of the punter, and that's a big deal for me. I've never punted before and I just started a few months ago, and I think I've been doing pretty well," he said.

"I'm really open-minded and interested in hearing from any school."

The versatile athlete has also taken on a third role - on defense - for the Patriots.

"I play a little defensive back, too. It's my secondary position; kicking is first, because I'll probably go somewhere to play kicker in college, but we are always looking for depth and it's nice to have a kicker who can tackle when he gets to college," he said.

College programs have started to reach out to Honshtein, with interest including North Texas and Texas Tech.

"They are the two schools that have been recruiting me the most. North Texas has been calling me about every week and we talk a lot. I've started to reach out to other schools outside of the state, too, like UCLA, South Carolina, and New Mexico.

Honshtein kicking for the Patriots.

"I've always been very interested in UCLA; I've loved everything about them since I was a little kid. I've visited California, and I love it. With South Carolina, they are just an appealing team to me and I've done a lot of research on their program. It just seems like a good fit for me. Those are just a few of the schools I would like to hear from; I'm really open-minded and interested in hearing from any school," he said.

Aside from recruiting, Honshtein is enjoying his final season of high school football and is confident that both he and his teammates will continue to find success on the field.

"I feel like I have been playing really well, and so has my team. We've come out and fought hard in our past three games and now we are 3-0. I've done very well; I've hit a and I've hit plenty of touchbacks, so everything is just exciting this season," he said.

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