Junior kicker already getting attention

Washington likely loses all three of its specialists after the 2011 season and even though Gig Harbor (Wa.) K/P Korey Durkee is set to sign with them in three months, the Huskies will be on the lookout for another specialist in the 2013 class and right now it appears that junior Mount Si (Snoqualmie, Wa.) K/P Cameron Vanwinkle is already a prospect that is getting a look from the coaches...

Vanwinkle is a two-way specialists for the Wildcats averaging over 37 yards per punt this season while hitting on 16 of his 18 field goal attempts with a long of 49.

"The longest I've hit from in a game is 49, but in practice the longest I've hit from is 63," Vanwinkle told Dawgman.com recently. "I barely missed a 57 yarder against Mercer Island, so I have the leg to get it there, it just depends on how you hit it and I just didn't get all of it that night."

Vanwinkle grew up a fan of Washington and the Husky coaches have already shown him quite a bit of interest.

"I've actually gone to a bunch of their games this year and it's been a lot of fun going," Vanwinkle said. "I've talked a lot with coach (Jeff) Mills and he really likes what I can do and all of the coaches there have said they will be recruiting me hard next year.

"I've been getting a lot of stuff from Stanford and Missouri just started sending me stuff too, so it's sorta started for me, but it's so early I'm really not too sure how seriously to take it yet.

"I know that Auburn is going to be looking for a kicker in 2013, so I'm hoping to get down there to see them this spring or summer and maybe a couple of other schools and of course I'm going to look at Washington too.

"I grew up watching them and I love that it's so close to home and that my family could watch me if I ended up playing there."

Vanwinkle is a product of Kohl's Kicking and Punting and he said some of the stuff he learned from current Baltimore Ravens K Billy Cundiff has really helped him.

"It's so hard to say who you pattern your game after and your style," Vanwinkle admitted. "I learned a lot from (Cundiff) this past summer on how he kicks off and some different stuff and last year, as a sophomore, I was kicking to about the five, but this year I'm consistently into the endzone by a couple of yards and sometimes I hit it just right and it's out of the back of the endzone, so he really helped me a lot."

Vanwinkle and his teammates have a tough task this weekend as they face off against O'Dea in the first round of the state playoffs.

We will have more in the future from the talented specialist and we'll update news as it happens.

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