No kickers and punters don't get the credit they deserve ninety-nine times out of a hundred but they play a pivotal part of every football team. One 2015 prospect who is trying to make a statement during his senior season is Stratford prospect Tyler Tekac. Breaking records and earning a spot on this year's Shrine Bowl team Tekac is looking for an opportunity to continue playing on the college level. We caught up with Tekac recently to talk about where things stand currently.
The talented prospect as we mentioned was recently named to this year's Shrine Bowl team and we asked the 6'1 160 pound prospect what went through his mind when he heard the news?
"I was pretty surprised but I knew all the hard work I put in the off season and during my senior season would pay off. I'm still extremely excited about it and I couldn't have gotten where I am without all the support of my family, coaches, and peers."
Over the summer Tekac camped with a couple of schools and he talked about them.
"I camped with South Carolina and also got invited and competed in Wisconsin at Kohl's National Scholarship Camp."
Tekac has been hearing from a good bit of schools thus far in the recruiting process he says.
"I've been hearing from Charleston Southern, Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic, East Carolina, Youngstown State, and South Carolina. Right now I'd say either ECU or Charleston Southern is recruiting me the hardest right now."
We asked Tekac what he feels are his biggest strengths right now and he said, "My punting ability to turn field positions and field goals wherever we are on the field. Whenever I'm needed really, I love the pressure!"
The 2015 prospect says he can handle kickoff duties as well and the ones he's kicked have all been touchbacks but the Stratford staff lets their other kicker handle most kickoffs usually.
At the time of this interview Tekac was "6-8 on field goals with a long of 46 yards and averaged 44 yards on punts with a long of 60 yards. I'm also 17-17 on PAT's."
Following the interview in his next game Tekac would break the Stratford school records for most field goals in a single game with 4 and most career field goals with 24.
Punters and kickers are often the last scholarships handed out but schools looking for one capable of handling multiple aspects of the kicking game should take a look at Tekac as he's one of the best in the southeast. We'll continue to track Tekac and his recruitment so keep it right here with SCPrepNation.com!
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