For kickers coming out of high school, recruiting tends to start late. Offers start to come when schools find they have open scholarships left and a need at the position.
This is one of the things Jackson senior Daniel Sullivan has learned during the recruiting process.
“It’s been interesting because, as a kicker, you usually don’t get recruited till late anyway,” Sullivan said. “I’ve been in contact, but no one really knows if they’re going to be able to give you anything until toward the end. Nothing really happened until the last week and a half.”
Over the past few weeks, the process has started to heat up with offers coming in from Wyoming (Football Bowl Subdivision) and Samford (Football Championship Subdivision) in Alabama. Sullivan said Portland State started recruiting him heavily early on and he has an offer, but said the Vikings told him they are still not sure if they can offer a full scholarship.
He plans to take a visit to Laramie, Wyo. on Jan. 14 and the Cowboys are offering both a full-ride and a chance to be the starting kicker.
“It’s very exciting,” Sullivan said. “It was interesting watching Riley Carr. I saw pictures of his visit to Air Force last year and it just looked really cool and really fun. I was kind of hoping I would get an opportunity to do that. Now that I do, I’m pretty excited about it.”
It’s an attractive proposition, but Sullivan is still holding out hope that the University of Washington becomes an option. The Huskies’ current kicker, Erik Folk, is a junior and will be back next season.
“I’d like to see what happens with UW, just to see if I could get a scholarship there,” Sullivan said. “Right now, Wyoming looks the most likely.”
Sullivan just returned from the Kohl’s/ESPN Western Showcase for kickers where he was named Western Showcase Camp MVP. He finished first in kickoffs and second in field goals out of the 75 kickers who attended.
“That was really fun,” Sullivan said. “I think I might have gotten even a little bit more exposure.”