Lotti Excited about Wisconsin Offer

Wanting to take a punter int he 2016 recruiting class, Wisconsin has targeted Oakwood (GA) West Hall punter Anthony Lotti, offering him a scholarship following its specialist camp Sunday.

Oakwood (GA) West Hall punter Anthony Lotti will always take a competitive kicking environment over simply booming kicks any day of the week.

Maybe that’s why the kicking competition at the University of Wisconsin brought the best out in him, a performance that earned him a Badgers scholarship offer.

“Punters were on the game field and they started off with charting our punts,” Lotti told BadgerNation of UW’s specialist camp Sunday. “The top seven guys who had the best charts were put through a tournament at the camp to see who the competition winners. I got the second seed. I always do better in competition-like scenarios and games. I ended up winning the competition.”

Taking a punter is a priority in Wisconsin’s 2016 recruiting class, as Drew Meyer is set to graduate following the 2015 season, and the Badgers don’t have another scholarship punter on their roster. The 6-1, 190-pound Lotti was one of the first targets by Wisconsin special teams assistant Taylor Mehlhaff.

“We kept in touch on Twitter (and) I hung out with him a lot at the camp,” said Lotti, referring to Mehlhaff. “It was good to finally meet him in person, really a great guy. After the camp was over he brought me up to the special teams coordinator’s office (Chris Haering) and that’s when they offered me. I knew they needed a punter out of my class, and they were excited to see how I would do. I guess I impressed them enough to where they offered me on the spot.”

Wisconsin is Lotti’s third scholarship, joining Air Force and Boston College. He said he averaged 45.6 yards average on 28 punts a season ago. He arrived in Madison Friday and spent the two days prior to camp touring the campus and facilities.

“I thought it was beautiful,” said Lotti. “It was very pretty, everything was well kept, it was very clean and I love the fact that it’s on a lake. I live right on Lake Lanier, so I really wanted to go somewhere where I can be on water still. It was really perfect.”

Done with camps for the rest of summer, Lotti wants to make his college choice by August.

“I want to start focusing on my senior year,” said Lotti. “I don’t know where I want to commit, but I want to have that out of the way before I start my senior year.”


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