July 23, 2008

Big Ten after big leg in Texas

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. - One of the biggest legs in attendance at the Chris Sailer Top 12 Kicking Camp will have a Big Ten battle for his services. Houston (Texas) St. Pius X kicker Anthony Fera put on a show with his leg and it is easy to see why he has some major programs knocking on his door.

"It's going pretty good," Fera said over the weekend. "[Friday] I won the field goal competition hitting back to back 60-yarders and I just hit a 73-yard kickoff with a 4.21 second hang time so it's going pretty good for me."

At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds it's not tough to see where Fera's power comes from. It's also not tough to see why three Big Ten schools are after him.

"Right now I have Michigan, Penn State and Ohio State [showing interest]," he said. "Those are probably my top three. I'm pretty high on them right now. Right now Michigan is probably the one that's going to come through with an offer. They just got back from their two-week vacation and they're going to talk it over with the coaching staff."

Though he is living in Houston currently, Fera has plenty of appreciation for the Big Ten.

"I was born in Philadelphia so my dad is a big Penn State fan," he said. "I have a bunch of people pushing me to Ohio State and one of my coaches is from Michigan. I could see myself at any of the three."

Fera's career long field goal is 58 yards - and he was only a freshman. He may get a chance for another one this season.

"Actually we just won another state championship so I'm trying to help my team win another state championship," he said. "We lost a bunch of players so this year our offense wont' be as good so I'll probably be kicking a bunch of field goals."


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