(Featured Athlete) It’s always dope researching student athletes as such as the talented Anthony Pecorella, the all-state kicker from Chaminade High School.
As Pecorella prepares for his senior year, the junior kicker noted that this was a major change for him this offseason.
“I am going to a lot more competitive camps and I am trying to get in front of more colleges,” Pecorella said. “Usually it is a quiet offseason, but this offseason we are traveling all over the country.”
Looking forward to college, Pecorella said his goal is to find a school that has a balanced mix of football, academics, and a true “college feel.”
“I am using the talent that I have kicking wise to try and get me into the better academic schools,” Pecorella said, noting schools such as Notre Dame, Boston College, and Wake Forest.
Earlier this season, the kicker hit a 52-yard field goal against St. Peter’s, which marked a season long.
Pecorella’s mind stays relatively blank no matter how long the field goal attempt. He said he tries to block everything out and remain focused.
“I do the same exact thing I would do for a regular extra point and go through my steps,” Pecorella said. “The moment you treat it differently is where you make mistakes.”
To become such a successful and consistent kicker, the junior emphasized how important repetition is. He said that no matter what the weather is, the most important part of his game is to work on his craft and form.
An extra point or a field goal can often be the difference in a close game, and Pecorella said that this is both the best and worst part of being a kicker.
“You are only as good as that day,” the kicker said. “One day you are everyone’s favorite player and then the next day you can miss a game-winning field goal and everyone hates you.”
Pecorella also noted that hitting a game-winning field goal has given him the best feeling he has ever had in his life.
After those exciting football moments, Pecorella is reminded of two of his biggest inspirations.
“On my cleats, I have the names, ‘Pop,’ my grandfather that passed away, and ‘Pudgy,’ my dad’s semi-pro football coach, who was like a second father to my dad,” Pecorella said.
Both men inspire the kicker to be the best person and player he can be.
This past weekend Pecorella attended the Kohl’s National Underclassman Challenge in Orlando, Florida, where he and approximately 50 other athletes competed at the two-day event.
Pecorella will continue to attend camps this offseason to prepare for his final varsity season at Chaminade.
Best of luck to this young Kicker.