Saturday, June 23, 2007

Jr. Kicker at Torrey Pines High School Commits to Boston College

Jr. Kicker at Torrey Pines High School Commits to Boston College

Billy Bennett, a junior high school student at Torrey Pines in Del Mar, California is considered one of the best kickers in the country due to his incredible power on his kickoffs and the tremendous height on his kicks. He has received several football scholarships from various colleges. A short list of the colleges that sought to recruit Bennet include: Arizona State, the University of Texas at El Paso, Kansas State, and San Diego State University. After much consideration, Bennett decided on Boston College and gave a solid verbal commitment to the college on March 15th, 2006.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 31, 2006

Billy Bennett, a junior high school student at Torrey Pines in Del Mar, California is considered one of the best kickers in the country due to his incredible power on his kickoffs and the tremendous height on his kicks. He has received several football scholarships from various colleges. A short list of the colleges that sought to recruit Bennet include: Arizona State, the University of Texas at El Paso, Kansas State, and San Diego State University. After much consideration, Bennett decided on Boston College and gave a solid verbal commitment to the college on March 15th, 2006.

The 6’2 190-pounder selected Boston College for its programs, their welcoming recruiter, and the way the school was portrayed. It’s no wonder Bennett wanted to attend the private college founded in 1863 since the schools team, the Eagles, have confronted “some of the toughest teams in the country” and more than 200 of their players have moved on to play professional football. (http://bceagles. collegesports. com/sponsorship/bc-sponsorship. html#bc (http://bceagles. collegesports. com/sponsorship/bc-sponsorship. html#bc))

Bennett started playing football with friends in the 8th grade and joined the school’s team in his freshman year. His stats are quite impressive: Bennett was named second team all-CIF after making six field goals with a long of fifty-one yards. He also sent eighty-six percent of his kickoffs for touchbacks and made forty-one extra points as a junior.

Bennett’s personal coach, John Matich, owner of the Kicking System, helped with the recruiting process by putting in a good word about his all-star student. Coach Matich even traveled from his hometown of San Diego to Boston College with Bennett and his family to check out Boston College. The timing of the trip couldn’t have been better; they all got to watch the Boston College Eagles play North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack. And what a great game that game was on November 12th in 2005; the Eagles won 30 to 10. Coach Matich, who graduated from Boston College and played with the Vikings, introduced the players and coaches to Bennett so he’ll have a smoother transition when he moves to a new area and a new school.

To let Bennett have a taste of what it would be like to practice with another player who already plays professional football, Coach Matich coordinated a training session in San Diego with Billy Cundiff, a four-year NFL kicker previously with the Dallas Cowboys and currently with the Green Bay Packers. Bennett had an impressive kicking day and surprised Cundiff with his consistency and overall power. Coach Matich plans on training them together this summer again.

Coach Matich said, “I have never seen a high school kicker with his consistency and power altogether. He averages over 4.2 seconds on his kickoffs consistently.” Bennett’s coach helped refine his technique, worked on consistent starting spots on field goals, improved his follow-through, and furthered his momentum downfield. When asked how Coach Matich helped Bennett, the young future superstar said, “He developed me into the player I am today.” He gave me “pointers” and a “ton of help.” Bennett hopes to join the NFL today and Coach Matich will be rooting for him, along with the rest of his fans.

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