This Wednesday Miami Hurricane head coach Al Golden will hold a special teams camp for kickers and punters on the beautiful campus of the University of Miami in Coral Gables.
While special teams in general, and kickers and punters especially, do not get the four or five star hype from recruiting sites that other more sexy positions get, they are as equally important to a team's success as any other position on the field.
Whenever I think of special teams and kickers in particular for some strange reason I always think of Miami rival FSU. If Bobby Bowden had a reliable kicker during his glory years at FSU who knows how many more games and maybe even National Championships he might have won.
Can U say "Wide Right"? Yeah, I thought so!
At Golden's kicking camp on Wednesday there will be one very special player that we will be watching very closely and rooting for. In fact we hope that Miami will offer him a scholarship based on his performance at the event.
That player is class of 2014 kicker/punter Christian Periera from Timber Creek High School in Orlando. We had the very fortunate opportunity to meet Chris and his father at the UM Spring Game at Sun Life Stadium back in April. They stopped and chatted with us for a little while at the #CanesFam tailgate party in the parking lot at Sun Life Stadium.
If you remember recent UM kicker/punter Matt Bosher then you have a pretty good idea of the type of player that Chris is. Like Bosher, he also is a kicker and punter and loves to tackle on special teams.
Chris recently told Canesinsider.com that: "Miami has been my dream school since day one. I have been going to their games since I was six years old. I have been a die-hard Miami fan."
With a long field goal of 47 yards and a 90% FG attempts made rating, Pereira is already rated as one of the top kickers in the Country. He also averaged 45.8 yards per punt last year and knocked 5 of his 25 punts out inside the opponents 20 yard line.
Bosher was such a vicious tackler and head hunter on special teams that many fans jokingly begged then Head Coach Randy Shannon to play Bosher at middle linebacker. It never happened but it certainly would have been fun to watch!
Many scouts believe that Chris Periera is that type of player. At 6-2 and 197 pounds Chris is an imposing player who breaks the mold or stereotype of the typical skinny, weak place kicker.
As one of the top ranked kickers in the Nation Chris does not lack for confidence. When we talked to him at the Spring Game he was pretty bold and certain that he was the best high school kicker in Florida and possibly even better than any other kicker or punter currently on the UM roster.
We tend to really like kickers with confidence like Danny Miller, Carlos Huerta, Jeff Feagles, Greg Cox and Matt Bosher. To us at least it appeared that Chris is that type of player.