Travis Coons of Mt. San Antonio College, who previously had committed to San Diego State, will try to earn the placekicking job at Washington.
The college football postseason revealed time and again the value of having a reliable kicker. That’s something the Washington Huskies had the last three seasons in Erik Folk, who hit 42 of 57 field-goal attempts in his UW career.
The Huskies on Thursday night found the kicker they hope can replace Folk’s production in 2012, securing a commitment from Travis Coons of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder was a sophomore last fall at Mt. SAC and will arrive at Washington with two years of eligibility remaining. Washington also has a commitment from Korey Durkee of Gig Harbor High School to handle punting duties.
Both are students of the Chris Sailer Kicking camps, run by the former UCLA kicker.
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Coons had committed in December to San Diego State, which Sailer said was interested in him primarily as a punter.
But Sailer said Thursday night that Coons preferred having a chance to kick and decided to switch his commitment to UW after the Huskies began recruiting him avidly in recent weeks.
“He always wanted to play in the Pac-12,” Sailer said. “That was his dream.”
Coons attended Alta Loma (Calif.) High School. He made only 2 of 10 field-goal attempts last year for Mt. SAC, but Sailer called that “misleading,” saying Coons was used mainly to kick longer field goals while also handling extra points. He made 49 of 51 point-after kicks for a team that finished 11-2 and won the Southern California Championship.
Montana going to Mt. SAC
On the same day UW got a kicker from Mt. SAC, it was reported that former Huskies quarterback Nick Montana will transfer there to play next season.
Montana announced earlier this month he was leaving UW to find a junior college where he could play immediately. He then hopes to transfer to another four-year college beginning with the 2013 season.
Banner sets announcement
Lakes High offensive tackle Zach Banner will announce his college decision in a ceremony at the school at 2:30 p.m. Monday. He has said his three finalists are UW, USC and Oklahoma.
Lakes teammate Cedric Dozier, a receiver, may also announce at the same time. Dozier committed to California, but reopened his recruitment after the assistant recruiting him there, Eric Kiesau, left to become offensive coordinator at Washington. Dozier visited Washington State last weekend and will visit UW this week before deciding among those three schools.
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