The second semester of my senior year in high school (2002) - during baseball season - I had a couple of buddies from my home town Yuma, Ariz. go to college at Southwestern College to play baseball. I thought my football career was over with because everybody said that I was too short to play at the next level, so I ended up moving up to San Diego a couple of weeks before the first semester. When I went to sign up for my classes my mom asked me what I was going to do during the off season. She made me go and talk to the football coach Walt Justice and see if I could punt for the team. He told me I had to beat out the starter from the last season and another walk on. From there everything started to fall into place and I ended up quitting baseball and concentrated on getting better at punting.
SUM UP YOUR TWO SEASONS AT SWC.
My freshman year I averaged 40.8 yards per punt with 13 punts inside the 20. My sophomore year I averaged 40.6 yards per punt with 20 punts inside the 20. This last year I also converted my only attempted fake punt and kicked an onside and recovered it.
DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER AT YUMA HIGH SCHOOL IN ARIZONA.
I attended high school at Yuma High School in Yuma, Arizona and was a three-year letterman in baseball and a four-year letterman in football. I punted for varsity all four years, kicked field goals and PATS, and was also the starting running back all four years on varsity. I lettered my freshman year when I scored 21 touchdowns in 7 games. In my four years I scored 40 touchdowns.
YOU'VE HAD A GOOD CAREER. SUM UP THE HONORS YOU HAVE RECEIVED THUS FAR.
In high school I was all-conference and all-region at running back and K/P. And at Southwestern College I was special teams player of the year my freshman and sophomore years. I was was named all-conference as well.
HOW DID YOU GET INTO PUNTING?
I played soccer when I was like 3 years old, but I was self-taught at punting and kicking.
WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PUNTERS AT THE JC LEVEL?
When I look at other punters from different JCs they are lucky because just about every one of them had a kicking coach at their side. Someone to tell them if they are doing something wrong -- and helping them to fix the problem. I didn't have a kicking coach the last two seasons, so if I was doing something wrong I would have to correct myself. I think I have to best flexibility and more power in my leg swing than any other JC punter that I have seen. I can also hold for field goals and can kick them.
OTHER THAN A STRONG LEG WHERE ELSE DO YOU EXCEL?
One of my strong points at punting is the ability to get the corners really well. This season I had 20 punts inside the 20. I also really have the mental ability, knowing where to punt the ball.
WHAT MEASURES DO YOU TAKE TO KEEP IMPROVING?
I attended the Ray Guy kicking academy the last three years and made his talent search the last two years. I will be attending it again at the end of January in Phoenix, Arizona.
YOU OBVIOUSLY WANT TO PUNT AT THE NEXT LEVEL. HOW'S RECRUITING GOING SO
I have had a couple of schools call and talk to me. I have had contact with Arizona state, Oregon state, Temple, Charleston Southern -- and that's about it so far. I know I'm at least as good as those receiving scholarships and am hoping something comes along soon.
ARE YOU ON TRACK ACADEMICALLY?
All my credits are on course and I am graduating in the spring with an AA. My major is industrial design and I am a real coachable guy and would work my hardest for my team.
OTHER TOP UNSIGNED KICKERS AND PUNTERS INCLUDE:
Josh Cummings, College of the Canyons
Punter / Placekicker
Note: Nevada, Missouri, S Carolina are among programs seriously interested.
Billy Brubaker, Kilgore College
David Rios, Cisco College
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