Kickers Abramo, Jones can't wait for WSU

WHEN MATT ABRAMO took his unofficial visit to Washington State in July, he fell in love with the place. He verbally committed to the staff during that trip and has been solid since. Last weekend, the three-star kicker returned to the Palouse for his official visit and the trip reaffirmed his decision to be a Coug and jump into what figures to be a wide-open competition at placekicker come August.

Things could not have gone better this past weekend for Matt Abramo. The big thing, though, wasn’t seeing the facilities again. It was being around the Cougar coaches and interacting with his future teammates.

“It was an awesome visit,” Abramo told CF.C. “I really enjoyed myself out there and had a good time checking everything out and seeing everyone again. I really like Pullman and it was great to be back.”

ABRAMO COMMITTED TO WSU over offers from San Jose State, Yale, Cornell, Brown and Air Force. During his visit, the 6-2, 170-pounder said he had the chance to speak with several members of the WSU staff, including head man Mike Leach and special teams coach Eric Mele.

“They both basically told me they were excited to have me on campus and they want me to be ready to come in and compete,” Abramo said. “I’m ready for that opportunity.”

Although Abramo had already seen the new facilities, he got another full tour during his trip and one item in particular really jumped out at him.

“I loved the weight room,” Abramo said. “With kickers, you might not hear this a lot, but I love to work out. The weight room at WSU is quite impressive. I liked it a lot. I love working out because it helps you get better and that weight room at WSU will help me get stronger and be ready to compete.”

ABRAMO WASN’T THE only kicker to trip to WSU last weekend. Jarry Jones out of Lenape, N.J. took an unofficial visit to the Palouse. Last month, as reported by, Abramo accepted a preferred-walk on invitation from the Cougs.

“This was actually my first time to the West Coast,” Jones said. “I flew into Seattle, then went to Pullman and I just loved it.

“The biggest thing for me is that I’m an outdoorsy kind of guy. We did some hiking in the mountains and even the view from the campus was beautiful. I liked the small-town vibe of everything, too.”

Jones had a strong senior season for his prep team, connecting on 29-of-his-30 PAT attempts and going 10-of-14 on his field-goal tries. Of his 53 kickoffs, 34 went for touchbacks.

“I met with the special teams coach and he showed me around the facilities,” Jones said. “He was telling me about the school and when I would need to report (mid-to-late June). I’m also aware of Matt (Abramo) being a verbal commit and I think it’s great. Coach Mele stressed how important competition is over there.

“He said that it doesn’t matter if you’re a scholarship kid or a walk-on. The best person is going to play. Both Matt and I have a great opportunity to earn a starting spot next year. I’m a combo guy too, so even if I can’t kick, I’d be really excited to punt.”

In addition to WSU, Jones also had preferred walk-on invitations from Cincinnati and Miami of Ohio. Penn State has also been expressing interest in recent weeks but Jones told CF.C he's solid with his choice and plans on being a Coug.

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