LEAGUE CITY – Bay Area Christian’s Connor Crow is used to kicking footballs into rarified air. Now he finds himself in it.
Crow was among 15 placekickers from across the country to be named to the annual Chris Sailer Award preseason watch list. Crow and Mansfield Summit (district 14-5A) kicker Ryan Rodriguez were the only players from Texas to make the list.
“When it comes to kicking, it doesn’t matter how big the school is,” Crow said. “The field goal posts are all the same size.”
Crow, who also will line up as a linebacker for the Broncos this season, said he was taken aback after learning the news about his name being among the nation’s preseason top 15 via social media on Thursday.
“I saw it on Instagram posted by Chris Sailer,” Crow said. “I was pretty surprised because I don’t look at myself as one of the best guys because a lot of guys can kick.”
Crow attended Sailer’s kicking, punting and long snapping camp in Los Angeles this summer, where he felt his performance may have helped pushed him to the national forefront.
Crow was the camp’s kickoff champion, putting a ball about three to four yards into the end zone with a 4.2-second hang time on a kickoff from the 35-yard line.
On field goals, Crow’s new head coach at Bay Area Christian Gavin Kralik said Crow possesses 60-yard range.
“Connor is a very talented kicker. A great athlete with one of the strongest legs in his class. Field goals show excellent range and kickoffs are amongst the best. Kicks very well under pressure. Big time potential here,” Sailer stated in a player review of Crow posted on his website.”
Sailer’s website lists Crow as the No. 10 overall placekicker prospect in the nation for the class of 2015.
Because of his status, Division I colleges have expressed interest, and Crow said his top three choices are Kansas State, Rice and Southern Mississippi.
However, Crow said he knows scoring an athletic scholarship is a tough task for a kicker, even one of the best ones in the nation.
“They’ve all shown interest, but they’re just seeing how their walk-ons do this year before they offer,” Crow said of his top three hopeful college destinations. “Most colleges don’t like to waste scholarships on kickers. … Most of them said I’ll be their first choice if their walk-ons don’t perform.”
The Chris Sailer Award recognized the nation’s top high school placekicker each year.
Award semifinalists will be announced in December, and the winner will be named at a Jan. 16 awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
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