Mount Si kicker gives verbal commitment to Washington for '13
Mount Si kicker Cameron Van Winkle had several opportunities to train with Erik Folk during Folk's senior year at Washington. The kickers worked out...
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Mount Si kicker Cameron Van Winkle had several opportunities to train with Erik Folk during Folk's senior year at Washington.
The kickers worked out at Dempsey Indoor, and Van Winkle said it was the first time he had kicked indoors. When his foot hit the ball just right, he could hear the echo.
"It was unreal," he said when asked about the experience.
Van Winkle enjoyed those workouts so much and felt so comfortable with the Huskies he gave the school a verbal commitment.
"It felt like home," said Van Winkle, who is the fourth in-state recruit in the 2013 class to pick Washington. "It just felt like a comfortable choice. Close to home. Amazing academics and a great family right there."
Van Winkle, who also had an offer from Washington State and was getting interest from other Pac-12 schools, set the state record for field goals in a season in 2011, kicking 18 in 11 games. He made six from 42 yards or longer — his longest was 49.
"I think they're getting a three-tool kicker/punter who will give them a great career," Mount Si coach Charlie Kinnune said. "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 (in) year one was appealing to him."
The Huskies signed two kickers in their 2012 class — Korey Durkee (a punter from Gig Harbor) and junior-college transfer Travis Coons — but Van Winkle will compete for playing time as a freshman.
"They want me to try to graduate early next year so I can come to their spring camp and maybe try to compete for the spot," Van Winkle said.
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