Gilbert kicker on hand Saturday

Michael Braunstein is a 5-8, 170-pound kicker from Gilbert, Arizona, and Braunstein was up in Seattle earlier in the summer, doing his part at the Husky football camp, trying to impress the Washington coaches enough to earn a scholarship offer. Last weekend, he was back in town, checking things out during the Washington-Wyoming football game and compiling more information.

"I was up there this weekend with my Dad, checking it out," Braunstein told "I wanted to see if it would be one of the official trips I plan on taking later on." While he doesn't have a solid idea yet on official visits, the chances the Huskies get one looks very good at this point.

He was suitably impressed with what went on during the Dawgs' 38-7 victory over the visiting Cowboys. "With that kind of atmosphere...72,000 people in the was a great game," Michael said. He's been taking care of business at home, helping Gilbert win some football games. "In our last game I had a 40-yard field goal and the game-winning touchdown on a fake punt," he said." He is also one-hundred percent on touchbacks so far this year and also sports a 42-yard average as a punter.

Gilbert beat Horizon that game, alma mater to current Husky Clay Walker. "I tried to find him to say hello, but I couldn't find him," Braunstein said of Walker. "I did get a chance to see Marquis Cooper, which was great." Marquis is also from Gilbert, but attended Highland High School.

No college has stepped up with an offer yet, but there are still some major schools that Braunstein is hearing from. "Nebraska and Purdue for sure," he said. "I know Michigan just got a commit from a kicker, so they are probably off the list. And I think Auburn just offered somebody, so I don't know about them."

One thing is for sure - Braunstein has no hesitation about leaving the state. "Arizona State's already offered another kicker, and that's fine by me," he said. Michael has been watching the situation with Washington senior placekicker John Anderson. "When I talked to the coaches, I got the feeling they want another kicker to come in and start kicking right away like John did and that's exactly what I want too."

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