Player Spotlight: Kyle Petersen

Interview With South Hills Punter

South Hills punter Kyle Petersen may have one of the most intriguing legs on the west coast.  The 6'5 200 poundpunter has gained the attention of not only PAC 10 schools but schools across the nation.  Currently, Kyle has an offer from UTEP and should receive more with the onset of the season.


PrepCA: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?

Kyle Petersen: My favorite thing about playing high school football is the adrenaline. I mean you have all of your closest friends and family there and they all expect you to do well and all of their focus is on you.  That is such a great feeling.


PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?

Kyle Petersen: My height is 6 foot 5 inches and my weight is 200 pounds.


PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?

Kyle Petersen: My greatest football memory was last year when we were in a game that we had to win against West Covina and there was about 2 minutes left on the game clock and I had to go into punt and the ball was snapped over my head on the 3 yard line and I ran back and picked up the ball dodged two tackles and punted the ball 55 yards.  The whole crowd thought the game was over, but I knew I had to get that ball off and I did it and saved the game.


PrepCA: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?

Kyle Petersen: My personal goals for this season are to have an average of 45 yards per punt and I would like to sign with a division one school.


PrepCA: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines?  How did you do?

Kyle Petersen: I am preparing for this upcoming season by mainly working on my footwork.  I need to do develop a straight approach to the ball.  I have been to many camps this season such as the USC, Cal, and Arizona State camps.  I have gone to one combine this year and that was the Las Vegas combine put on by Chris Sailer. I did real well. I thought I got a lot of attention after that combine and I would say   that really put my name out there as a prospect for next season.


PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Kyle Petersen: I would say that the area that I have really worked hard to improve is my drop.  I will sit in my room for hours at a time and drop the ball all night.  The area of my game that I need to keep on improving on are my steps. I think I still walk off to the left a little and if I improve that part of my game I believe that I will be 10 times the punter I am now.


PrepCA: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?

Kyle Petersen:  Tobi Umodu, Brian Slover, Kevin Mort, Joe Olivarez, Fredrick Glaster, and Marquise Winbush.  All of these guys are real good friends of mine and have a ton of talent. In my mind I would be shocked if they all didn't go to a division one school.


PrepCA: Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Kyle Petersen: I have tremendous respect for Tobi Umodu. He is not only a great teammate, but a great friend too.  He is one of the best defensive ends that I have ever seen, and he is the nicest guy I have ever met.


PrepCA: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?

Kyle Petersen: I hope to have a great college career and be known as one of the best punters to come out of which ever college I attend.


PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?

Kyle Petersen: Some schools that are recruiting me include USC, Columbia, UC Davis, Arizona State, Oregon State, Cal, San Diego State, Stanford, UTEP, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, and LSU.  I have 1 offer and that is from UTEP.  My top five include USC, Oregon State, UTEP, Cal and Stanford.


PrepCA: Would you consider staying in state to play in college?

Kyle Petersen: It doesn't matter where the college is I just want it to be a great school and I want to be able to picture myself going there.


PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Kyle Petersen: I think the best player I have ever played against has to be Walter Thurmund.  He is just an all around athlete. He can play every position on the field. It doesn't matter where you put him he will stand out and succeed.


PrepCA: Name one team who you really respect and tell us why?

Kyle Petersen: I really respect West Covina because they beat us in the finals in CIF last year.


PrepCA: What other sports do you play?

Kyle Petersen: I play basketball and swim for the varsity high school teams.


PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Kyle Petersen: My best max in bench is 185, in squat it is 325, and in 40 yard dash it is 4.6


PrepCA: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Kyle Petersen: He has a great leg and has helped us out tremendously and he has the potential to be a great college football player.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite pro athlete and tell us why?

Kyle Petersen: My favorite pro athlete is Michael Vick, because he is the most diverse player in the NFL.


PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?

Kyle Petersen: The best piece of advice I have ever received is "All you can do, is all you can do, and all you can do, is your best." That great advice was from my head coach Steve Bogan.



PrepCA would like to thank Kyle and his family along with the South Hills staff for their help.



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