Bayou punter prospect tripping to WSU

WALK ON PUNTER PROSPECT Kody Schexnayder was so excited for his official visit to Washington State this weekend he was already packing a bag on Wednesday night. And WSU must like his potential in going to the time and expense of flying out a preferred walk on candidate. One question begs: how does a punter from Louisiana land on the WSU recruiting radar? Two words.

Hunter Dale.

Schexnayder (5-10, 185) hails from the same high school as the Cougar safety -- John Curtis High in River Ridge, Louisiana.

“A lot of it had to do with Hunter,” said Schexnayder. “We were real good friends when he was around here and I have to give him a lot of credit because he told Coach Eric Mele about me and that I’d come in and compete.”

Schexnayder said WSU, TCU, Oklahoma State, UCF and New Mexico State are all talking to him about preferred walk on invitations. NMSU had a recent in-home.

Washington State is the only school bringing Schexnayder out on an official.  He was the kickoff specialist at Carter but said all schools are looking at him as a punter.

Schexnayder booted 31 punts this past season with a long of 77 yards.  He averaged 43.4 hashes per punt, with 18 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
Things got serious with WSU and Schexnayder (no relation to Cougar WR Calvin Schexnayder [1991-92]) a couple weeks before Christmas.

“I got a follow from Coach Mele on twitter and ever since then me and Coach Mele have had a really good relationship,” said Schexnayder. “He liked how the ball exploded off my foot, how I got the ball up there quickly. He said he could see from my Hudl tape I’m a two-step guy who gets the ball out and can really drive it, and that I like to compete… He also said I’m consistent, and that’s what they want.”

Schexnayder said he’ll be looking most to find out about WSU’s academics this weekend. He wants to go into compliance after his playing days are behind him.

“I have two cousins who are NCAA compliance officers, one was at Stephen F. Austin for a while, one is the current compliance officer at South Alabama,” said Schexnayder.

Schexnayder, who made it a point to thank his parents and high school coaches for helping to get him to the point he’s taking an official visit to a Power 5 school, also said he’s “not your average guy.”

“I play both football and baseball, I was the starting second baseman last year on the John Curtis team that won the state championship, with Hunter Dale also a part of that… I’m a leader both on and off the field, I just love to compete…I’m really thankful for this opportunity,” he said.

Scroll to the 3:35 mark to see punting highlights.

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