April 22, 2009
Busy spring for elite Tennessee kicker
The recruiting process is always unique for elite kickers as scholarships are sparse but if there is an offer out there somewhere, there's a good chance that Nashville Andrew Fletcher will be receiving one. The Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy prospect has been receiving significant interest from several schools as one of the top kickers in the region.
Fletcher has been a starter on the Tennessee power since his sophomore season and after stepping away from the soccer field for the first time this spring, he has had extra time to focus on kicking and on recruiting.
"I quit soccer this spring to focus on football so I've been working out pretty hard and kicking once or twice a week," Fletcher said. "I just got back from the Tennessee Orange and White game this weekend and I also went to Vanderbilt, Louisville and Tennessee junior days and I'm going to UCLA this weekend."
The recruiting process for Fletcher began with him searching for some schools where there was an opening for a kicker. Luckily, some of those schools happened to be schools that Fletcher was interested in as well.
"The first step I went through was trying to find out which schools were going to offer a kicker or needed a kicker," he said. "From there, most of them have said that they're interested but need to see me at their camp this summer. I've got pretty good interest mostly from Vanderbilt is really high, Tennessee is really high and Louisville is really high."
The in-state schools in particular have stood out to Fletcher early on.
"I guess I've been a long-time Tennessee fan and I've been to probably over 40 of their games but at the same time, Vanderbilt has shown the most interest in me so it's kind of neck and neck with Vanderbilt and Tennessee."
Whoever lands Fletcher's leg will be getting a productive player. As a sophomore, Fletcher kicked 12-14 field goals with a long of 49 yards as his team went undefeated and won the state championship. He also scored every point in that 12-0 state championship game victory en route to the game's MVP award.
As a junior it was more of the same for Fletcher. He was 9 of 13 in field goals with a long of 53 while being a weapon as a kickoff man.
"With [MBA Head Coach] McGugin, we did a lot of mortar kicks so I would try to hit them to the five or 10 yard-line. If he wants me to kick it into the end zone I can put it five or seven yards deep."
This summer, Fletcher will be attending more camps, potentially including camps at Georgia, LSU and Chris Sailor's kicking camps.
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