October 21, 2008

Two-star kicker looking to set up official visit to Army

No one can argue that kicking is a unique and significant part of the game itself. It takes valuable skill, which during the course of a season, can make or break games and even a season for a team.

So the need for recruiters to find that special player, because critical to success and of course failure a school's recruiting class. For Army, one such player is Andrew Ritter who is out of Jackson (Miss.) Jackson Academy.

Throughout the season, Ritter has demonstrated a big leg and showcased his skills as a kickoff man, an area where he excels. Ritter, at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, is a big, strong athletic prospect. This season, he has hit six out of eleven field goal attempts. His long of the season came in the 5th game of year, where he launch and connected on an amazing 58 yard field goal (in the wind). He has missed on a 47, 60 & 64 yard attempts and had one blocked.

However for Ritter, it doesn't start and stop with just kicking; he starts at wide receiver for Jackson Academy and rotates at free safety. "I want to and love playing both ways," shares Ritter, who is being recruited by Army's offensive line coach, John Tice. "Our relationship is going great and I speak to Coach Tice a least once a week.

In addition to Coach Tice, the athletic kicker has also received attention from Army's running back coach, Tucker Waugh. "When Army came down to play Tulane, Coach Waugh stopped by our homecoming game and watched me warm up," shares Ritter.

Ritter is excited about his offer from Army, as well as the prospects of attending an institution like West Point. However, the kicker is not letting his enthusiasm get in the way of exercising due diligence in evaluated all that Army offers, in addition other programs that are knocking on his door. "Attending West Point and playing for Army is the biggest decision of my life … it's beyond just selecting a college, but I have to also consider the five years of service," declares Ritter. "But it is one of the greatest educational institutions anywhere and to play Division I football, get the greatest education … I am thinking about life after football.

In addition to his offer from the Black Knights, Ritter has an offer from Northwestern State, but is also hearing from schools such as LSU, Southern Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Alabama and several others.

Of the schools that have offered Ritter or showing interest, he has confirmed that Army, Arkansas and Ole Miss are three schools that he will be officially visiting.

Right now, one of the schools that have been courting Ritter has also received a commitment from another kicker, which is Derek Helton headed to LSU. Although it is not unusual for a school to bring in two kickers, which is what Notre Dame has done for their 2009 recruiting class.

It will be interesting to see how Ritter's recruiting unfolds in the upcoming weeks.

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