Recruit to watch: kicker Sergio Aguayo

It's been a quiet recruiting year as far as kickers go, but one prospect whose stock is rising is Sergio Aguayo, out of San Jacinto High School. He has a big time leg and he's gaining more and more notoriety every week. Is there some interest in the Trojans on his part?

Playing for a small Division 11 school, Aguayo (6'1, 175 lbs) doesn't get the exposure he might at a bigger school, but word is quickly spreading on the talented senior.  As a junior, he made All-State after going 11 for 16 on field goals, with a long of 51 yards, and he also put 83% of his kickoffs into the endzone.  In fact, Aguayo has the almost freakish ability to just hammer the ball on his kickoff attempts.  Amazingly, most of his kicks go not only out of the endzone, but actually through the uprights.


"So far this year, there's only been two kickoffs that I haven't put in the endzone, and most of them go through the uprights," he explained.  "I have about eight that have gone through the uprights and the rest just go out of the endzone.  So, I've just hit two that haven't at least gone out of the endzone out of like 13."  He also has some big time field goal range and recently hit a 57 yarder.  On the year, he is 6 for 9, including a crucial 30 yard chip shot that proved to be the difference in a 17-14 victory over Banning High School last week.


A standout soccer player, good enough to play for the Olympic Development Team, Aguayo had no idea of his potential when he came into high school, "I didn't really know about football," he explained.  "I came out my freshman year but I didn't go back.  Then my sophomore year, I just came out for wide receiver and my soccer coach told my football coach about my kicking.  I didn't even know how to kick a football, so I was pretty much oblivious to that.  Then the coach put me with Coach Gordon Houston, my kicking coach.  After that, Coach made me the kicker and my first field goal was 37 yards." 


On the recruiting front, Aguayo has yet to receive an offer, but he's getting attention from some impressive suitors, "I'm hearing from SC, San Diego State, UNLV, San Jose State, Oregon, a couple times from Notre Dame, LSU, Arizona State,…pretty much every PAC-10 school."  Out of that group, he has a top 4, in order, of USC, UNLV, San Jose State, and San Diego State.


"I'm looking at education mainly, because if I don't make it in football, I'd still have a strong education to back that up.  The area is also kind of big because I'd like to stay close to my family and my kicking coach.  Also, the football team and how they rank, because my goal is to go pro, but that's the same for everybody.  It might happen or it might not, but if I go to a good school, it might give me a better chance than going to a smaller school."   


In talking to Aguayo, education is a reoccurring theme and it's a big reason for his interest in USC, as he explained, "It's one of the top educations you can get in the nation.  I think that would be a really good opportunity for me, coming from a pretty small community and going to such a prestigious school.  It would make my college experience just totally overwhelming."  One other factor that has kept Aguayo so interested in the Trojans is special teams coach Kennedy Pola, "We've talked a couple times," he explained.  "I just talk with him about my kicking and everything.  I went to the SC camp, the one day camp.  It was kind of weird for me, being the only kicker.  I didn't know where to go, so I just went with the receivers.  During the lunch break, he was out there and I went and kicked and he helped me out.  He's a good coach."


Aguayo also attended the USC-Auburn game earlier this season and it left a big impression, "It was cool.  I didn't go in the locker room afterward though because we left early because I had the first day of school the next morning.  It was my first real SC experience.  It was nice being on the field and seeing those thousands of people.  I kind of pictured myself in one of those uniforms."


Aguayo and San Jacinto face Capistrano Valley Christian this Friday. Top Stories