Huskies eye Cali kicker

Upland (Ca.) K/P Jake Van Ginkel has seen recruiting pick up since the May evaluation period and is getting some interest from schools in the Pac 10 as well as the Mountain West and the WAC. Washington is one of the schools with their collective eyes on him and he spoke with recently about things including his ability to both punt and kick at the next level...

"I've been kicking for a while and played quarterback and safety for our team as a freshman and sophomore," Van Ginkel told Monday evening. "I stopped doing that because my coaches said they needed me more as a kicker, so last year all I did was punt and kick."

As a junior, Van Ginkel was solid, posting a 40.2-yard net on his 45 punts while dropping four inside the 20 and hit 16 of his 20 field goal attempts, with a long of 58.

"I hadn't really ever felt that comfortable punting, but last year I did pretty well and felt like I got a lot more consistent in it," Van Ginkel said. "As a kicker, that's where I have always had confidence in myself. In one game I hit from 58 and 57 and of my four misses, only one came from inside of 50 yards."

On kickoffs, Van Ginkel also had 69 touch-backs in 83 attempts and said that schools have taken note of his strong leg and are looking at him as both a kicker and punter.

"The offensive coordinator for Washington (Doug Nussmeier) came by in May and liked my film a lot," Van Ginkel said. "He said he was going to take it back to the coaches up there and that they would be getting back to me.

"Other than them, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Oregon and Boise State all have been in contact with me," Van Ginkel said.

Van Ginkel has participated in several Chris Sailer competitions, but normally works out at the Snap, Hold, Kick football clinics as well as the West Coast Kicking Academy.

We'll continue to keep track of Van Ginkel's progress over the next several months and we'll update news as it breaks.

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