Deciding on a college as a kicker isn’t as easy as a position player. Scholarships are limited and it comes down to which school is willing to pull the trigger on using one on a special teams player. A lot of it comes down to timing.
In some regards, that may actually make the decision process easier. But it also makes it more stressful. Even for one of the top kickers in the nation it can be a frustrating process.
Glacier Peak’s Spencer Pettit is finding that out. Pettit is ranked the No. 8 kicker in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking. He’s the top prospect in the state, three spots ahead of Bellarmine Prep’s Matthew Phillici.
“It is frustrating, I market myself, I put myself out there, where most guys are seeing the results in getting offers, but for me, schools talk to me … almost say you have a spot on the team,” Pettit said. “It’s really there when you have a scholarship. It’s frustrating having to wait so long for all these other guys to commit on the offers they’re just sitting on.”
Pettit has talked to Washington, Penn State, Nevada, Boise State and Central Washington. He’d like to stay close to home and go to Washington, but the Huskies already have multiple kickers on scholarship.
“Probably the first Pac-12 offer I got, I’d take,” Pettit said. “If it’s a big-time school, I think I’d take it right away unless I didn’t want to be at that place.”
And if Pettit doesn’t get an offer? Then he’d walk-on to a school he thinks he could earn a scholarship at and that fits his academic needs best. What Pettit does have going for him is he can punt, as well. He’s open to the idea of doing either at the collegiate level, whatever helps him earn a scholarship.
He also has a pretty good leg. Although he’s missed six field goals this year, two have been blocked and the other four misses have come from 56, 54, 52 and 55. Within 50 yards, he’s 6 for 7 with the miss being blocked. All of his makes have come from 32 yards and beyond. That farthest Pettit has made in a game is 53 yards, but thinks he can hit from 58 in the right conditions.
That provides an added weapon for Glacier Peak coach Rory Rosenbach. Now Pettit is waiting for the right timing so he can prove to be a game-changer for college coach.