BroncoCountry.com has learned that Jake Van Ginkel, the record setting kicker from Upland, just…
Record Setting Kicker Will Visit Boise State
"I'm going to Boise on January 14th," he said. "I got a call from Coach Choate and he told me about the kicker committing to Michigan. He said he wants to get me up there on a visit and close the deal," he added.
Nevada, Fresno State, Washington, and New Mexico are also recruiting Van Ginkel. As of now, Boise State is showing the most interest.
"Boise State is showing the most interest in me right now," he stated. "I like that because they're trying to get what they want and other schools are trying to wait, and that could hurt them more."
Kyle Brotzman leaves Boise State with a legacy of his own as he wrapped up his college career as the NCAA's all-time leading scorer. Still, many will remember that late miss against Nevada with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line. Van Ginkel believes the same mind-set is needed for every kick and it's just as psychological as it is physical.
"I was always taught when kicking that every single kick should be the same," Van Ginkel said. "You have to go through the same steps in your mind for each kick. When it's a pressure kick you have to think that it's going through the up-rights. Otherwise, you're going to miss it."
The Upland Highlanders finished the 2010 campaign with an 8-4 record. Their offense averaged 30+ PPG and that means Van Ginkel had a lot of opportunities to put points on the board in each game. He was almost automatic as he finished the season 14/17 on FGs with a long of 52.
"My dad was a kicker and my older brothers were kickers too," he said. "I played soccer as a kid and it just kind of developed. Learning how to punt has been a little different since it's more about technique. It's a lot more technical on your drop and everything. You become more consistent as you continue to practice."
In terms of making a college decision, Van Ginkel (6'1, 185) says it'll be when he feels comfortable with a certain school.
"I'll commit whenever I feel comfortable with the school and see that it has a lot to offer," he said.
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