Three-star kicker high on WSU

WHEN THE WSU coaches hit the road last week for a series of satellite camps in California, the goal was to provide top-notch instruction and to keep an eye out for possible future Cougs. It was also a chance for prepsters to showcase their talents in hopes of gaining a Pac-12 offer. For kicker Matt Abramo, an impressive showing on Sunday helped him do just that.

WSU had been in contact with Matt Abramo since the start of the 2013 football season but Abramo said the interest hadn't gotten truly serious until just recently. At the Danville camp, Abramo's strong right boot stole the show and it caught the attention of the WSU staff.

"They offered me on Sunday and that one was my first one," an excited Abramo said. "To be honest, I was shocked. Coach Leach was down there and he saw me kick. He personally offered me the scholarship and it was an unbelievable feeling.

"Going into the camp, I thought I would perform and then they'd keep in contact with me. They had been in touch with me over the last few weeks, but I didn't think a scholarship would come this quickly. I knew they were interested because my head coach went up there for a coaches clinic, and they said they were looking at me, but I wasn't expecting this."

FOLLOWING HIS OFFER from the Cougs on Sunday, Abramo got in touch with WSU special teams coach Eric Russell and the 6-3, 190-pounder was able to find out a little bit more about the program. Russell, who wasn't in attendance at the camp in Danville, informed Abramo he's the kind of guy they want in Pullman.

"Coach Russell told me he was very excited that Coach Leach made the decision to throw me an offer," Abramo said. "My plan is to go up and meet with him (Russell) and the rest of the coaches sometime later this summer for an unofficial visit. He was telling me about the campus and all the new construction they've got going on up there. He's looking forward to showing me around.

"He wants me to be a Coug and he wants me to go up there and play for him. They're looking for someone to come in and compete right away."

Although WSU is his lone offer, the Casa Grande High kicker is receiving interest from USC, Stanford, Cal, UCLA, South Carolina and the majority of the Ivy League schools. He doesn't have any trips set up yet, but Abramo said he's hoping to attend more camps this summer.

WITH WSU BEING his first scholie offer, though, Abramo said the Cougs definitely have the upper hand in his recruitment moving forward.

"I'd say they're my favorite school right now," Abramo said. "With Coach Leach, I know the program is turning around. I know they weren't too good a few years back, but they gotten a whole lot better. I went to their game against Cal last year and they beat them pretty handily. I thought to myself, 'Wow, this is an amazing program.'"

As a junior in 2013, Abramo was 10-of-16 on his field goal attempts, with a long of 44 yards. He was also 33-for-37 on his PATs and had 52 touchbacks on 65 kickoffs. Abramo also holds a 4.17 GPA and plan to major in civil engineering in college. Abramo is rated in the top five nationally by Chris Sailer.

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