Bouw Kicking Up Interest

As a football prospect, it's hard to get noticed when you hail from 1-A Pamlico County High School. But, for kicker Krystain Bouw, his kicking on the combine circuit including the Shrine Bowl combines has opens lots of eyes.

"It's awesome," Krystain Bouw said of the Shrine Bowl combines he has attended. "I come from a 1-A schools where I don't get noticed a lot. I came to the combine when I heard about it and thought I'd give it a shot. I made it through down here and there are a couple other kickers down here." Bouw had an impressive junior season at Pamlico County High as a junior, converting on 83% of his field goals. "I was 10-12 on field goals and my longest was 52," Bouw said of his junior campaign. "I was 42-45 on PATs and the three that didn't go in were blocked. 75% of my kickoffs went for a touchback."

Although his junior year statistics were impressive, the Pamlico County (NC) native continues to work hard to improve his game. "[I'm working] mainly on my accuracy. Football season is off, but I still go out there everyday and on Saturday and Sundays and kick and try to work on my consistency and accuracy."

Though he works hard on the weekends to improve his kicking abilities, he also has some natural talent. "When I was at the Shrine Bowl combine, I punted and had a 55-yard average but I just pulled that out of my sleeve. I don't really punt at my high school because my coaches wouldn't let me punt my junior year because they were afraid my leg would get hurt as someone would hit it." Although the recruitment of kickers is normally a slower process, Bouw has already received heavy interest from many schools around the nation. "I got a verbal offer from Michigan State," Bouw said. "I've gotten calls from Wake Forest, Clemson, Virginia, and letters from – well, a lot of letters. I'm going to Clemson, Wake Forest, and UNC."

Bouw, who mentioned that he would love to kick at a school such as Miami or Florida State, also noted that Wake Forest has a lot of what he is looking for in a college at the next level. "They have a decent football program from what I've seen," he said. "I've seen the campus and it's gorgeous. It's nice and secluded. They've got a good [academic] program. I think even if you don't get into the college of your choice, most ACC schools, if you get drafted in one of those that's alright because they're pretty well noticed."

Bouw noted that he has no plans to make a decision in the near future and is currently enjoying the recruiting process.

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