One Tennessee High School punter is relieved that he starts his senior season with at least one official offer in hand.
Knoxville Catholic’s Spencer Roth describes the feeling of getting that first official offer from Kansas mostly as a relief, and glad to get that first initial offer out of the way.
Roth, a professed Volunteer fan since birth, is beginning to understand the recruiting process.
“I have been Orange and White since I can remember,” Roth told InsideTennessee.com. “I want to play college football. During the recruiting process I plan on keeping a very open mind.”
That open mind includes realizing that the chances of getting an offer from Tennessee might be a little difficult since Tennessee recently signed the No. 1 place kicker and punter in the country in the Vols last recruiting class.
“I would love an offer from Tennessee,” Roth said. “The other school that is really recruiting me hard is USC. I really like the thought of playing out in California. I’m one of the few Vol fans that still like Lane Kiffin.”
Roth apparently built a solid relationship with the former Tennessee coaching staff, a fact that talented punter hopes will aid in getting an offer from the Trojans.
Roth, a 6-foot-6, 225-pound athlete, ended his junior season with a 41 yard average.
“My normal hang time is around 4.6 to 4.7 seconds,” Roth said. “I’m working on improving all of my numbers.”
Roth and his Irish teammates opened their regular season Friday night against Rhea County.
Roth only punted once in Catholic’s easy victory 48-15 over the Golden Eagles.
“I only hit one for 38 yards last night. I was trying to pin it in the corner,” Roth said Saturday. “It hit at the five and rolled into the end zone.”
Other schools that are currently showing interest in Roth include Tennessee, USC, Florida, Arkansas and Kansas.
INSIDE TAKE ON ROTH
A huge physical prospect with a booming leg, the ball comes off his foot with a lot of velocity.
I got the chance to watch Roth during pre-game warm ups Friday night. I was impressed with the distance of his punts and also the accuracy. He could place the ball pretty much anywhere he wanted to.
When evaluating punters it’s usually pretty easy to see if they have the IT College coaches are looking for. It’s obvious that Roth has that when he connects with the football.
Look for more offers to pour in as recruiters across the country learn more about this talented specialist.
Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com, we will have video interviews Monday evening of Roth, Mike Wegzyn, Joey Gaston and Kyler Kerbyson. It’s InsideTennessee.com’s goal to give our take on every D1 prospect that we get to see firsthand. Covering Tennessee Recruiting like no other.
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