Velasco Getting His Kicks in Santa Maria

A good kicker can win games and a bad kicker can cost teams dearly. One of the best in the JC ranks this fall is Allan Hancock College's Victor Velasco (5-11, 189) and he'll graduate this December with two years to play two wherever he ends up.

"I was a full NCAA qualifier out of high school," Velasco said.  "I went to Marin High School and I did pretty well, but I didn't get a lot of recognition so I decided to go to Allan Hancock to get my name out there and hopefully end up at a four-year D-1 school."

Velasco redshirted his freshman year for the Bulldogs and had a solid first year of kicking in 2005.  He finished 10 of 13 with a long of 45 and 93 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.

"I have a pretty strong leg and I take pride in the fact that teams don't return my kickoffs," Velasco said.  "I'm pretty accurate, but I'm working harder on my accuracy.  I work on adjusting my alignment when I approach the ball and where my off-leg is when I hit the ball so the direction is better.

"I can also punt if a team needs me to do that.  I hit one for 63 yards in high school and I had a 45.6 yard average my senior year, but I think I'm a much better kicker."

On the recruiting front, Velasco hasn't heard a lot from division one schools, but Hawaii has sent him some mail and Fresno State and UCLA have mentioned they will be watching him closely this fall. 

He even took a visit to Mississippi Valley State after they officially offered him, but he said he didn't feel comfortable there.

"It's nothing against them, but it just didn't feel right," Velasco said.  "They wanted me to come in this year, but it didn't feel right so I decided to come back.

"I'm open to everyone.  I really want to play division one, but if that doesn't work out, then I think I can be successful anywhere I go, whether it's a small or big school.  I have confidence in my abilities and I just need to show everyone what I can do.  If I do that, I think I'll get some interest from them."


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