Three-star kicker all set for WSU visit

BACK IN EARLY JUNE, when he was offered by Washington State, Petaluma, Calif., kicker Matt Abramo said the Cougs were definitely the top team in his recruitment. Since then, Abramo has added an offer from Air Force and interest from other Pac-12 schools. However, the senior-to-be trips to WSU today and tells CF.C he enters that trip…

...with Washington State as his top school.

“I’d have to say WSU is my favorite school right now,” Abramo said. “I’ve been talking with Coach Eric Russell almost every other day and we’ve been talking a lot about the program, but also the academics.

When we spoke last (Tuesday night) he let me know he had set up a tour for me with the engineering department, because that’s what I want to study in college.”

THERE’S ALSO ANOTHER reason as to why the three-star prospect calls the Cougs his top school right now.

“I like how they’re an up-and-coming team,” he said. “I did some research and saw that just a few years ago, they only won one game. With Coach Leach, they went 6-7 last year. You know they’re going to keep getting better too, which is awesome.

“I’m really looking forward to getting up there and seeing everything in person. I’ve heard a lot about their new facilities and I can’t wait to check those all out.”

In addition to WSU, the 6-3, 185-pounder also holds an offer from Air Force and is receiving increased interest from Cal, UCLA and South Carolina.

ABRAMO WAS OFFERED by WSU after a positive showing at a satellite camp in California last month. Although he’s listed as a kicker and punter, Abramo said the Cougs are looking at him more for his placekicking abilities.

“When I kicked in front of them last month, Coach Russell had me do kickoffs, kick field goals and punt,” Abramo said. “I went 10-for-10 on my field goals and they really liked my kickoffs. I think my best kickoff went 75 yards and had a 4.28 second hang time. He loved that.”

Abramo added that he is in no rush to make his decision, but if he gets a gut feeling and feels comfortable with a program, he won’t hesitate pulling the trigger and committing.

As a junior last season Abramo was 10-for-16 on field goals and 33-for-37 on PATs. Out of 65 kickoffs in 2013, he had 52 touchbacks.

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