Taking a closer look at Wisconsin 2016 commit Anthony Lotti - a punter from Flowery Branch, GA

Taking a closer look at the incoming members of the 2016 recruiting class, BadgerNation profiles Oakwood (GA ) West Hall punter Anthony Lotti.

Anthony Lotti

Punter

Commitment Date: 7/1/15

Commitment in the Class: 12th

http://www.scout.com/player/196697-anthony-lotti?s=193

Accolades: Rated the No.2 punter in Georgia, No.3 in the South and No.6 in the country ... first-team All-American by Kohl’s as a senior, averaging 45.4 yards on 49 punts, including 19 placed inside the 20-yard line and 15 of 50-plus yards ... named first-team all-state by Atlanta Journal Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association as a junior and senior ... Region 7AAA Special Teams Player of the Year as a senior ... averaged 45.2 yards on 28 punts as a junior ... for two-year varsity career, averaged 45.4 yards on 77 punts ... three-time Region 7AAA Scholar-Athlete ... father, Tony, played football at Tennessee Wesleyan, punting from 1985-89, and earned training camp invitation from New England Patriots. He was also his high school coach.

Recruiting Story: Knowing incumbent punter Drew Meyer was going to graduate after the 2016 season, Wisconsin made it a high priority to take a scholarship punter in the 2016 class. And with all their research, Wisconsin special teams coach Chris Haering and special teams quality control assistant Taylor Mehlhaff kept hearing about Lotti.

Holding an early scholarship offer from Air Force, Lotti had camp invites from Boston College, Georgia, Minnesota, South Florida and the Badgers to come camp. When he came up to Wisconsin’s specialists camp in late June, Lotti dominated in every aspect and earned himself a scholarship offer.

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

Lotti spent the two days before the camp touring the campus and the facilities and fell in love with the school. Having no more camps on his schedule and wanting to decide prior to the start of his senior season, Lotti only took a couple of days before picking Wisconsin.

Why Wisconsin? “I love to compete. Hearing that I could start as a freshman really got me excited, especially having my first game against LSU at Lambeau Field. I am really excited.”

Scouting Report: Lotti showed superior refinement in his punting ability at the 2015 UC Challenge. He has good fundamentals and technique. His frame serves him well. He strikes the ball with confidence and attacks his punts. His drop looks consistent, lowering his table should help him improve consistency of his contact. He has D1 talent and with proper timing on impact, he has the ability to be a very good college punter. – Kohlskicking.com

Coach’s Quote: “He’s a polished young man. His dad has done a great job of coaching him the techniques of punting. We had probably 100 punters in camp and he was by far the most consistent and the most competitive when it was competition time. We like that about him. The fact that he came and made the effort told us he was pretty interested in Wisconsin. I think when you look at our system and his tools, they match up in the pro-punt system.” – Wisconsin special teams coach Chris Haering

BadgerNation Prediction: Lotti brings a lot to the table for Wisconsin – power leg, good hang time and confidence. His strength is his ability to deliver a punt based on the situation, able to boot a kick when his team is deep in its own territory or place a punt perfectly inside the 20 to pin an opponent near the goal line. We’re always fans of kids who earn their offer from a camp performance, and he’ll have a chance to start week one for UW in 2016.


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