Cameron Van Winkle always wanted to be a “Dawg.”
When asked about the kicker’s decision to give a verbal commitment to Washington, Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune said the opportunity to kick in a renovated Husky Stadium was too good to pass up.
“From the very beginning he always wanted to be a Dawg,” Kinnune said. “His dad is excited to literally have him in the backyard, so he can participate in his career. I think that’s really what it came down to a lot, in terms of his family.”
As a junior in 2011, Van Winkle set the state record for field goals in a season, kicking 18 in 11 games. He made six from 42 yards or longer — his longest was 49.
He is already No. 2 all-time in career field goals with 29 in 33 games.
“He’s really good,” Kinnune said. “One of the things that we have to be careful of, and one of the things he’s going to learn, is not to over-train. He’ll go out and wear out his leg kicking and I think that one of the things they will do is get him involved in one of best weight programs in the country. Ivan Lewis has it going at the University of Washington. He’s just going to get stronger.
“I think they’re getting a three-tool kicker/punter, who will give them a great career. I think he’ll be in the mix to kick his freshman year, right from the very beginning. The prospects of kicking in the brand new stadium year one was appealing to him.”