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SoCal Kicker Commits To Boise State
La Habra HS K Sean Wale (La Habra, CA) verbally committed to Boise State just a few days ago as the coaching staff continues to address the needs at special teams. Two missed FGs have cost the Broncos a spot in two BCS Bowls, so the staff has to be thrilled about locking up one of SoCal's best. So, will Wale kick or punt at Boise State? Perhaps both? "As of right now, they have five kickers on the team and only one is on scholarship," he said. "They're looking for me to come in and compete, told me the kicking job is wide open since they struggled. I was told the best one will start." "They've been recruiting me a long time," he stated. "I went up to their kicking camp in May and they've been recruiting me ever since. Coach K came by my school, told me about the camp, and I went up there for it." "I think I did really well at the camp. I think I'm a lot better now," said Wale. "I kicked a few times, but Coach Choate wanted to see me punt more than kick. I probably punted about 95% of the time." Wale says the coaching staff planned on extending an offer to him during his official visit later this month, but decided to go ahead and extend that offer during a recent in-home visit. "Originally, it was just going to be Coach Choate and then he called me the day before and said Coach Pete would be coming too," he said. "It didn't really hit me until he walked in the door. It was an unreal experience." "Originally, we weren't going to talk scholarships until my official visit," said Wale. "Coach Choate knew the Navy coach was coming about a half hour after they left. Coach Choate told me they needed to go ahead and offer me, but didn't make it official until Coach Petersen was in my kitchen." "I committed like five hours later that day," he said. "The way Coach Pete talks about the program makes it sound really similar to our HS program. I like the area and thought I'd fit in well with the team. They're all athletic and I like to view myself that same way." As a senior, Wale went 9/12 on FGs (long of 52) and finished with a solid average of 47.5 yards per punt. His secret to success? He says you have to treat each kick "the same." "Treat each kick the same," he said. "You have to do that whether it's an extra point or a 50 yard game-winner. If you practice hard and are confident in what you do, you can do the same in a game." "I actually have a lot more experience kicking FGs," he said. "This was my first year punting," he added. Wale (6'3, 180) will be on campus for his official visit later this month. "My official will be on the 20th," he said. "I really only saw the practice field and stadium when I went up for the camp. Obviously, I'm going up there for school so I'll check out a lot of the academic stuff." BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Sean Wale.
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