Sunday, July 1, 2012

Laurent Offered Scholarship by UNH

According to Kohl’s Kicking Camps (who runs showcases for place kickers and punters looking to get recruited) Exeter High’s Logan Laurent has been offered a scholarship by the University of New Hampshire. This is a great accomplishment for Laurent, who is one of the top kicking prospects in the country for the Class of 2013.

UNH is a Division I program that competes in the highly competitive Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in the FCS. Their current kicker is junior Mike McArthur, who is also a local kid (from Winnacunnet HS in Hampton, NH). Laurent is the second granite stater from the Class of 2013 to be offered a scholarship by New Hampshire, with the other being lineman Jake Kennedy from Souhegan.

The Exeter Blue Hawks football team had a truly amazing season in 2011. They won the Division I state title, going 11-1 and defeating the mighty Pinkerton Astros 23-13 in the championship game. And while kickers typically fly under the radar and don’t get very much recognition, anyone who followed Exeter last season would tell you that Logan Laurent was a huge part of their success.

Laurent reached the back of the end zone on kickoffs with ease, and was virtually automatic on PAT’s and field goals from any distance. He also pinned opponents way back in their own end on punts.

Since the conclusion of the high school season Laurent has been hard at work, attending camps and showcases all over the east coast to get his name out there and see how he stacks up among the country’s other top kickers.

“I went to ECU on a visit and won their field goal and kick off competition, beating out 30 other kickers” said Laurent, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 205 lbs. “The week before I won the Eastern Showcase in Newark, New Jersey with 65 other kickers there. I won the field goal competition with a 59 yarder but hit multiple 63 yarders in warm-ups. I came in second place on kickoffs with an average of 72 yards and a long of 78 yards.”

Those are some very impressive numbers for Laurent, who said he is also scheduled to visit Penn State and Miami this summer. If he continues to work hard it is safe to say the offers will keep coming for this talented kicker.

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