March 12, 2010

Kicker proves a weapon

While kickers tend to be among the last to get publicity and scholarship offers, Orlando kicker Shawn Moffitt may be an exception. The Dr. Phillips prospect is hoping to change that after he sends out his highlight tape next week. It is part of the plan the 6-foot, 160-pounder has in place to get his name out to college coaches.

"My coach kicked at Florida, Moffitt said. "He just made my kicking video and finished it today. He is going to send it out to most of the SEC schools. My other coach used to kick at Auburn, so we are going to kick at camps."

Last season Moffitt kicked 50 extra points and hit on 11-of-15 field goals with a long of 49 yards. In all, Moffitt scored 83 points for Dr. Phillips. He was also well-known as a touchback specialist for Dr. Phillips and had a season-high nine touchbacks in one game against Boone High School.

"For kickoffs, I can hit the back of the end zone most of the time," Moffitt said. "On field goals I am calm and I can put them away under pressure. I just started punting recently and I am doing good on that too."

"He is the best kicker I have seen in high school," said Dr. Phillips Assistant Coach Steve Schyck. "I coached in Tennessee against kids that kicked at University of Tennessee and Auburn and I would take Shawn over them any day. He is a great weapon. Every team we played had to go 80 yards."

Moffitt said he is planning on going to a kicking camp in Georgia and will participated in the Junior Day at Central Florida. The Knights have also invited Moffitt to check out their spring practice. He said he isn't afraid to leave Florida for the right school and is undecided on his Major, but does carry a grade-point average of 3.7.

One thing Moffitt does want to find is college coaching with an emphasis on kickers.

"I know the Flordau coach is really into special teams." Moffitt said. "I have two coaches who were both kickers and not just guys who throw out a guy that can kick. I would like to find someone in college who can teach me as a kicker."

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