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Future Husker: Barret Pickering says recruiting is different for kickers

Future Husker: Barret Pickering says recruiting is different for kickers

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High school

My school: Hoover, Alabama.

Positions: Place-kicker.

This week: The Buccaneers have a 3-1 record going into Friday’s game against Tuscaloosa County. This season, Pickering is 5-of-7 on field goals, with a long of 46 yards. His career-long is 49 yards.

Rankings: A three-star prospect according to, Pickering is the No. 4-ranked kicker in his class by He’s the No. 5-ranked kicker in his class according to Kohl’s kicking camp.

Highlight play: “In the opener, against Grayson (Georgia), I kicked two field goals, a 45-yarder and a 46-yarder, and it took it pretty close to tying it up, and then they kind of ran away with it toward the end.”

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The college life

Projected position at NU: Place-kicker.

First contact with the Huskers: “The first person I spoke with was Nick Smith, a graduate assistant. We did a lot of talking, and then eventually I started talking with Coach (Mike) Riley frequently. And then I came up for the Spring Game, and that’s when they offered me.”

My final schools: Nebraska and Vanderbilt.

Date committed: May 2.

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Ht.: 6-foot

Wt.: 185 pounds

My Hudl highlights (junior year highlights, 8,000 views, 11 minutes in length): “I think my junior highlight video might have all of my field goals, and then it has just some good kickoffs I had. I really didn’t try to hide anything.”

Quick hits

On college teams recruiting kickers: “It’s very different. Schools only recruit a kicker once every three or four years, basically. It’s good and bad. It means only 25 percent of Division I schools will be looking to get a kicker, but at the same time if you go somewhere, pretty much you’re needed. I ended up with just offers from Vanderbilt and Nebraska.”

On his high school team, which 10 years ago was the focus of a show on MTV, “Two-A-Days”: “We’re a pretty serious high school program. We’re ranked nationally, and I’d say on our varsity roster we have about 95 players, and that doesn’t include sophomores. We’ve won the state championship three of the last four years. The coaches are employees at the school, but basically they just do football. Last year we traveled to Texas to play Allen High School, and this year we traveled to Atlanta to play Grayson, Georgia.”

On becoming a kicker in the seventh grade: “My dad talked me into kicking. Someone my brother played soccer with kicked in high school. He was getting attention from Brown, and other schools, and my dad just saw it as an opportunity for me to try something new out, and maybe I could be good at something else besides soccer.”

— Brent C. Wagner


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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